And she is off!!
Her first day as a junior in high school!
And it scares me to death.
Since she is a junior she gets to drive this year.
But that isn't what scares me.
She is also getting so old and will soon leave home.
But that isn't what scares me either.
What scares me is that all summer long she was at home in a safe and protected environment
or at work with Wes.
But school is very different.
I remember the first day I put my oldest in kindergarten.
I hated that she was no longer in my constant care and that others who didn't have our same values would be attempting to influence her.
I remember when she grew up and started high school.
I thought things were bad then.
But now it is 12 years later, and things are so very much worse.
I read last week that Target apologized for contributing money to
a conservative candidate and promised to do a better job overseeing their
political contributions in the future.
And today I read that Home Depot fired an employee for wearing a badge that said,
"One Nation Under God"
But allowed homosexual employees to wear aprons promoting their beliefs.
At Michelle's school, foul language, homosexuality and immorality of all kind abounds.
It is not only accepted but it is promoted and encouraged.
And so I hate that each day I send her out into a world that bombards her with evil.
But I am so thankful for the seminary program that allows her to meet with others of her same values each morning.
I am grateful that she can "put on her armor" before going out into the wicked world.
I am grateful for scriptures, family prayer, and family home evening that also strengthen that armor.
And I am grateful for a wonderful youth program with inspired leaders who, recognizing the evil of our day, help the youth to see the importance of "returning to virtue".
Yesterday in our church meeting, all the young women sang the song, "Virtue".
It made me cry.
I pray they believe it.
I pray they will live it.
And I pray they will always stand strong
Below is a video of a shortened version of the song.
I hope you enjoy it.