Forgive me for taking a personal moment, but this year has brought some big changes in my household. A son who had been serving a mission in Uruguay returned home, and my two youngest kids left home to serve missions in Brazil and Ecuador. All three expressed how much they missed home and how blessed they felt to have grown up in Riverton. They did not realize how unique and special it was until they saw something different. I realized that I was guilty of the same thing. In a world full of constant dripping of negativity, political and social division, and constant focus on the bad, it wears us down and we begin to believe it and forget the good we have.
When I turn off the drip of negativity and look around, I realize how lucky I am. I live in a land of great freedoms. I am surrounded by good honorable people. I live in a community where people look after each other. A community where dozens and dozens of youth from Gospel Hope Church volunteer to clean up and serve at our Riverton Town Days celebration. A community with parks full of volunteer coaches and neighborhood kids laughing and having fun. A community where hundreds of people unite for a day of service to clean trails and parks and take pride in the way their community looks. A town where the biggest high school activity of the year is Silver Rush, where funds are raised for charity, and everyone gets involved. There are many more small and simple acts of service by so many of our residents.
Certainly, we live in difficult and challenging times, but if we are going to overcome them, it will be because we come together as a community and city. We walk away from the fighting, and yelling and build on common ground, reach out to each other, and look for opportunities to serve rather than attack. I invite us all this wonderful holiday time to reach out to your neighbor, make a new friend, look for the good all around us. It’s there we just need to see it. As we serve each other, we lift our community and make it something worth missing. Love where you live!