On Friday night, Brother Ward (the first counselor in the bishopric) called and asked if I would give a talk today. The topic: Sustaining church leaders. I usually don't write out a talk, but just write out topics I want to talk about. I found a great article on lds.org about ways you can sustain your leaders. I centered my talk around that. Before getting into that, I shared to church leaders who meant a lot to me - Joseph Smith and Gordon B. Hinckley. Then I shared the points from the article, and closed with encouraging everyone to go to conference. I was nervous, and had a little sweat building up on my forehead. I was glad when it was over.
Another story from Florence is making national news. A 21-year-old Florence woman went missing in Knoxville, TN a week ago. Today investigators found a body. It is a really sad story. I interviewed her teacher and senior classmate last week. Here is an update about the story: