Brother Chris Herring, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mexico Ward
\I would like to congratulate this year’s student graduates. Whether from high school, college, trade or vocational schools, you have worked long and hard to get to this point. This class will be long remembered as one that overcame restrictions, illness, and other difficulties brought on by the Covid19 pandemic.
In this spirit, as you move forward, I would hope you would cultivate attitudes of: gratitude, lifelong learning, and Christ-like service in your lives.
You have much to be grateful for: parents, classmates, school officials and teachers and others.
Your parent(s) and sometimes extended family have spent many hours and resources to help you get where you are today.
Long trips to sporting events, band concerts, shows, providing early morning or late at night meals, and basic necessities are just to name a few. The most special of all are the many prayers said from them on your behalf. I hope you are immensely grateful for them, and their sacrifices on your behalf whether it was large or small. They gave all they could or had, just for you !
I hope you also grateful for your friends that you have made through the years. Friends and classmates that stood by you and freely offered hugs, encouragement, protection or a willing smile.
It is my experience that after school, bonds of friendship sometimes become distant with time as life circumstances and or locations change. I hope you will all find ways to keep in close touch with your dear friends and classmates.
I hope you are also grateful for your local administrators and teachers of your schools. They worked long and hard, especially this past year to give every possible opportunity to succeed. Your teachers willingly did this not because it was their job, but because they care about each and every one of you.
The next thing I would hope that you would cultivate would be attitude of lifelong learning. The things you’ve accomplished the degrees or certificates are wonderful, but they are just the beginning step. I hope that you are humble and thirst for continued learning to excel In the profession that you choose. With changing economic times or situations , there may be times when you must alter the entire course of your life and education. Always rely on the Lord for strength and guidance in case that happens.