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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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(Artwork by Simon Dewey)


note “It’s the most wonderful time of the year; with the kids jingle belling, and everyone telling you ‘Be of good cheer!’ It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!” note Come, sing with me!! J


It’s finally December!! It’s my most favorite month of the year!!! J There is such a festive energy in the air that you can just feel no matter where you go! J


I was feeling kind of gloomy about the Mumbai massacre flashed all over the internet news last week. Over a hundred innocent lives taken away just like that—without any decent warning or acceptable cause. L It just didn’t make any sense! L I strongly feel about these types of attack for I was once in the middle of it all.


But as I stepped outside my office, I was thrilled to hear bright and cheerful Christmas music piped through the speakers that changed my entire disposition! J

note “Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock. Jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring!” note 

Moments later, I was so into it that I wanted to burst out singing Christmas songs and move my shoulders to the beat! My teenage daughter would have been embarrassed had she been with me! J


But isn’t it so true? IT IS the most wonderful time of the year! It is another opportunity to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ! J His birth sends a message of hope to all of us that all this darkness we have in the world today—whether it be worldwide hate crimes or our very own personal challenges—will one day be overcome by His light! That He was born and lived here on earth and loved us so very much, He was willing to take on a mortal life in order to bring to pass immortality and eternal life! What a joyous event it is and a wonderful reason to rejoice and celebrate!!! J


Wherever we are in the world, whether we say “Merry Christmas,” “Maligayang Pasko,” or “Frohe Weihnachten,” I wish we would truly understand the reason for the season and would all feel the joy in our hearts to celebrate!! J


     note “Oh come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant.

               Oh come ye, oh come ye, to Bethlehem.

               Come and behold Him, born the King of angels.

               Oh come, let us adore Him.

               Oh come, let us adore Him!

               Oh come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!” note J



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