Here is the letter he included with the framed gift:
Over the past few months, I have had some time for serious reflection. While a great deal of
it focused on what God wants me to learn and do here in Southern Alberta, my thoughts have also
turned to each of you. I am truly grateful to have each of you as my child and to have those you
have brought (and will bring) into our family. Each of you has been a source of great strength as
well as opportunity for growth and better understanding.
As I have travelled to and from work and around Southern Alberta, I have made a conscious
effort to listen to conference talks and to ponder things in my own and my family's lives. While
listening to these talks and pondering the counsel given in them, my thoughts have turned to each
of you. Our family is in a state of change unseen previously in all of our lives. As this change
alters each one you, it also alters. and affects other family members as the ripple effect of our
actions extends beyond the sphere of our own homes and lives.
In listening to one of President Eyring's talks, he spoke of carving images to go with
scriptures and a description gifts and talents he saw in each of his children when they were young.
I felt a desire wishing that I could have and should have done that for each of you. However, that
time is past and I realize that I have that opportunities to act are now. As "the Dad", I wanted to
share with each of you my feelings for what I see your gifts and talents are. My hope is that the
"eyes of your understanding [might be] enlightened" (Ephesians 1:17-18).
Like President Eyring, I wanted an image and scripture for each of you upon which I could
focus my comments. Not being a carver or the scriptorian that President Eyring is, I thumbed
through my scriptures reading all of the verses I have highlighted over the years of scripture study.
In these verses, I found a scripture that I feel relates directly to you. As I found the scripture for
each of you, an image came to my mind that should go with the scripture. Since I am not a wood
carver, I turned to the Internet and Google Images. I want to let you know in each case, I found
the image in the first search on the first line of images. In each case the image was identical to the
image came to my mind when I found the scripture I wanted to use for you. The exception to this
was Caleb. For him, I turned to LDS images and had to search for a bit but still found the image
that came to my mind when I found his scripture.
I begin with the image and scripture for each of you followed by my thoughts on your gifts
and talents. While this letter is common for each of you, what follows is unique to each of you. It
is given in the spirit of humility that, what wisdom I have gained may be shared with you. My
hope is that this gift is received with similar humility, as that is the start of all learning and
knowledge. May your lives may be blessed and may I be an instrument in helping you understand
the gifts and talents you have to guide you through the challenges of this life. May you choose the
better road in this journey of your life.
And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated;
full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the
commandments of God at all times,' askingfor whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual
and temporal,' always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.
And see that ye have faith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works.
I love you all so very much.
And THIS gem was framed with a picture of a strait and narrow path:
19 And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if
all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of
Christ with unshakenfaith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.
20 Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of
hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of
Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life. 2 Ne 31:19-20
You have a strong, mind and keen intellect. When you have a determination to learn
something you move forward with unwavering dedication - just like you did with your first job,
learning to play musical instruments, and dance. You approach a task with the humility needed
to learn and the dedication to be and do your best. You have a zest for life and seek to get the
most of each activity you can. In moments of quiet reflection you have a vision that helps you to
prepare for the future, whether it is a business venture or a family struggle. You have an ability
to draw others in, especially those who would be marginalized or ostracized by others.
May you enter the gates to straight and narrow paths that allow you to use these talents and
gifts to bless the lives of your family and those you encounter.
I love you.