You have succinctly, yet sweetly summarized so many good insights about our
serpentine paths of service in the Church. May we take your words as
a clarion call to reverse the entropy in our service and not follow your
observation that "Over time, I’ve grown a little more callous, a
little more guarded in my service."
Re: Your keen advice: "I learned that you don’t stop teaching about
the ideal family, even if no one around you has one...I also learned that
parents in tough circumstances can raise incredible children on sheer
faith."As one who is trying to help a relative cope with an
impending divorce, your words give much needed hope. Divorcing parents are often
terrified that their kids will be traumatized for eternity and grow-up to follow
their divorce model. As you imply, may Heavenly Father grant
multiple tender mercies to divorced parents who ache to reduce the impact of
divorce on the future well-being of their children.