Farewell; it's been good to serve
To the Editor
"Enjoy your time in public service. It may well be one of the most interesting and challenging times of your life." – Donald Rumsfeld
I have indeed enjoyed my time serving the people of Bedford County, it truly has been an interesting and challenging experience.
In 2012, after a lot of prayer and family counsel, I decided for the first time in my life to run for a public office. The reasons to do so were many and the fear and apprehension of doing so was great. I was elected in 2014 as a County Commissioner for the 5th District. It was an honor and a privilege to take the oath of office from Judge Lee Russell, a man I greatly admire. To this day I have this oath framed and hung on the wall by my desk as a daily reminder of my sacred duty.
In my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior of all the world and that after his ascension he visited and spoke to prophets in many lands including the ancient Americas. And that these other prophets wrote down for their posterity the teachings of Christ in a book which we have come to know as the Book of Mormon. In Mosiah 2:17, we read, "And behold, I tell you these things that you may learn wisdom; that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God."
We are all God's children and it is our sacred duty to serve each other, and so I count my time on the Commission not only as service to the citizens of Bedford County but also as service to my God, and I pray He has found that service acceptable. I also hope the citizens of Bedford County found that my service was acceptable to them.
I love our Nation and the Constitution which I swore to uphold in the aforementioned oath. America is the greatest nation on earth and provides its citizens the unique opportunity to chose their leaders. We must choose wisely and not just rely on the advice of friends and neighbors. Every candidate has made a conscious choice to put themselves and their families under public scrutiny. Research and study each candidate's background and vote accordingly. Pray over your decision.
Do not be complacent about voting. Since the creation of the United States, literally millions of brave men and women have placed themselves in harm’s way for our benefit and a great many have sacrificed their lives to give us the privilege of choosing our leaders. Do not let their sacrifice be in vain. The 11.57 percent turnout in this primary is beyond pathetic and is an insult to their sacrifice. The people of Bedford County who did not vote should be ashamed. I truly hope the August and November elections will have a much greater participation.
While I am saddened that I will no longer be a representative in our local government, I am confident that God has other plans for me. I am greatly appreciative for all the experiences I have had. I have a love and appreciation for my family, friends and supporters that words will never be able to adequately express. Thanks to all and may God bless you.
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