I'll be honest, I have often thought of babies as a huge expense or as constant poopie diapers or as impossible to figure out and completely unpredictable. Babies have often seemed a bit overwhelming to take on, but I learned something this weekend that helped inspire me to move forward to bringing babies into the world.
When I was at BYU, I started a club about historical heroes. Leaders. Men and women whose influence changed the world forever. It was called the Heroes of History Club. I have often wondered what is the most influential force in the world?
I was at stake conference this week. Elder Paul Johnson of the seventy (who is also the commissioner of education for the entire Church of Jesus Christ) spoke to us. I loved his message. It was powerful and it was good.
He spoke of wars, of heroes of history, of battles and of BABIES.
". . . men were following, with bated breath, the march of Napoleon, and waiting with feverish impatience for the latest news of the wars. And all the while, in their own homes, babies were being born. But who could think about babies? Everybody was thinking about battles. . . .
This reminds me much of the wisdom of Gandalf, which is basically the wisdom of J.R.R. Tolkien. By small and simple things are great things brought to pass. This I know.