"I have pictured you in my mind listening to conference" he said. "I have asked the Lord to help me understand what you are feeling, worrying about, or trying to resolve." On that October day, 7 months into a global pandemic the answers to President Russell M. Nelson's question could include anything from the health and safety of loved ones, to mental health struggles, and employment challenges. He continued, "I have wondered what I might say... that would send you forth with the optimism about the future that I know the Lord wants you to feel." ("A New Normal," Ensign, Nov 2020)
I imagined President Nelson sitting there picturing me and those I care about. I thought of him considering the things we struggle with and the anxieties we faced looking into an uncertain and ever shifting future. Most of all, I felt the truth in the thought that God wants me and all of His children to be optimistic about the future.
Wrapped Christmas presents under the tree, that long planned dream vacation, your wedding, the birth of your first child, or nearly any other significant occasion. Sometimes the joy of the anticipation of something wonderful can end up being even better than the experience itself. Faith faces the future, and Jesus Christ is the High Priest of good things to come (Heb. 9:11).
Among the list of things to be optimistic about in the future, one seemed to stand out - the building of the Syracuse, Utah temple not 2 miles from my house! THAT was definitely something to be excited about. TO the temple and back (almost exactly a 5k) quickly became part a common running route for me. Maybe, I thought, I could help others look forward with optimism too by bringing emphasis to this incredible opportunity sprouting up in our back yard. And so the May Day 5k was born. It was a natural fit to make the race a benefit for North Davis Communities that Care. Their efforts to bring hope and help to those struggling to find it seemed perfect! So come run with us, hope with us, and help us bring hope to others in need this May Day - because after the storms its time for the flowers to bloom :).