The world is changing, and so am I. Through serving as Young Women President, I am seeing more clearly the reality of the war we are all engaged in, the battle between good and evil.
Critics, mocking onlookers, and those just waiting to be offended surround us on every side. Rapidly the world is adopting every vile and wicked practice and principle. We as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are becoming more peculiar in the world around us.
Teaching the youth is a sacred responsibility. At such a vulnerable age, they long to fit in, and the idea of standing out isn't always easy for some. They live in a media saturated world that bombards them with counterfeit teachings. They see wickedness portrayed as happiness, and evil practices are celebrated and encouraged.
Over twenty-five years ago Elder Bruce R McConkie put it this way,
"The Church is like a great caravan—organized, prepared, following an appointed course, with its captains of tens and captains of hundreds all in place.
What does it matter if a few barking dogs snap at the heels of the weary travelers? Or that predators claim those few who fall by the way? The caravan moves on.
Are there storms that rage along the way, floods that wash away the bridges, deserts to cross, and rivers to ford? Such is life in this fallen sphere. The caravan moves on.
Ahead is the celestial city, the eternal Zion of our God, where all who maintain their position in the caravan shall find food and drink and rest. Thank God that the caravan moves on!"
We are fighting a great battle. Satan is relentless, but we already know that Jesus Christ, and we as his people, will triumph in the end. So today I say, let the little dogs bark. Let the storms rage. The caravan moves on.