All of these humble origins have shaped and grounded who I am. Though they are berated, criticized as backwards, deemed unintelligent, and dismissed , these origins and this area are good. It represents some of the very best of this Nation and everything about it I love so much. Though they may never be grand in any measure of power, wealth or intellect, the blessings these origins have provided this Nation (and me) far exceed the tired institutions of pretense and condescension.
In particular, growing up here has endowed me with a sense of responsibility to help others. It has instilled in me the need to love others- however imperfectly I execute this. It has taught me friendliness. And it has demonstrated that life's riches aren't found in material possession or social status. True wealth is found in simplicity. It's found in the
This Christmas, I am reminded of why everything about this area and these people are so important. I am reminded of why it is important to reach out to others in love. Finally, I am reminded of the birth of our Savior who made good possible and places like Walters so.