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(Photograph by Franco Advincula)


I had a wonderful privilege of observing a 3-day youth conference last week. Not only did it remind me of how fantastic it is to be young and carefree, but I learned something from it that helped me choose the right path when I was put to a test over the weekend!


For this youth conference, a theme song was composed by a talented young composer which she taught the youth on their first day. The song goes:



There is a tiny spark in me;

I’ll make it grow for others to see.

My family and my Savior, I will not fail;

‘Though others may forget to walk the path that’s straight,

I will keep the faith.


In the darkness, I’ll be the light.

When others falter, I’ll be the guide.

When things are tough, I’ll choose the right.

I may be young, but I can choose,

To take the courage to live the truth.


I have been taught the gospel truths;

I will choose to live a righteous youth.

My family and my Savior, I will not fail;

‘Though others may forget to walk the path that’s straight,

I will keep the faith.


Born of royal birthright,

Trusted by the Lord,

To help build His kingdom,

A light to all the world.


(Music and Lyrics by Diana Valencia Cruz)



How grateful I am that I listened to the melody and words of the song as they practiced singing it over and over!! Because that weekend I was tempted to act irresponsibly in reaction to another person’s conduct. I went to bed contemplating rebellious thoughts that must’ve been displeasing to our Father’s eyes. So I was really amused when in the middle of the night I suddenly woke up with the tune and words of the song filling my mind:


“In the darkness, I’ll be the light.

When others falter, I’ll be the guide.”


I didn’t catch up on my sleep after that, but it was a humbling moment for me to be chastened by the Lord in such a sweet and gentle way! J  Needless to say, I immediately got my act together and chose the right thing to do the following day!! J


I know, without a shadow of doubt, that we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father who loves us despite our weaknesses and shortcomings. I am a living proof of that tender mercy. He is there watching over us even when we falter—yes, especially when we falter! And just as the song says, may we always keep in mind that we are of royal birthright! That we can choose the right even when things are tough, and that our tiny spark of light may be used as a guide by those who are in the darkness—indeed, a light to all the world!!! J


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Human kindness was overflowing. The invisible divide between the affluent and the needy was banished by the sincere desire to serve however little way they could. Helping hands were extended and misery a bit lifted. My heart swelled at the avalanche of yellow-vested volunteers pouring down the hallway to offer relief to their fellow beings that at one point during an interview, I had to fight back the tears from falling.


In commemoration of the 167th Relief Society Anniversary worldwide, our ward conducted an unprecedented medical mission led by a set of novice servants who relied mostly on Heavenly Father’s help in order to put together what was required of them in the very limited span of time they were given. I’ve witnessed how often they got down on their knees to plead for help and guidance. How hard and late they worked to connect to the right people and tap the proper resources. How they quietly placed their trust in Him whose hands were felt in every way opening doors for them that they may accomplish the thing which He had asked them to do.


And by His hands, miracles happened.


There is no sweeter joy than that which comes from lifting another soul on higher ground! And there is no other way to know how it feels like than through experiencing it! J


“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).


Whether we are trying to make a difference in someone’s life quietly or participating in large community service projects such as these, let us serve with all our heart, might, mind, and strength so that our efforts may be acceptable to Him and our endeavors may be blessed by His hands. J

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