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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Are You Somebody Important?

I was at a church event around 1975. I do not remember what it was. All the kids were clustered around a man wanting his autograph. I did not know who he was, but if he was somebody important I wanted his autograph too. He had a little rainbow colored writing tablet in his hand and he signed autographs and then tore it off and gave it to each person. I patiently waited my turn. I was too afraid to admit I did not know who the guy was. Years later I discovered his identity. And that, my friends, is how I obtained the autograph of Shawn Davis.

The recent news article in The Denver Post recalled this memory:

Frei, T. (2011, June 1). Old rodeo star Davis keeps busy at Arapahoe Park, The Denver Post. Retrieved, June 2, 2011 from http://www.denverpost.com/dontmiss/ci_18179955?

Also see: Kelly, B. (1972, Sep.) Shawn Davis, Latter-day Saint and World Champion Bronc Rider, New Era, 40. Retrieved June 2, 2011 from http://lds.org/new-era/1972/09/shawn-davis-latter-day-saint-and-world-champion-bronc-rider?lang=eng&noLang=true&path=/new-era/1972/09/shawn-davis-latter-day-saint-and-world-champion-bronc-rider

I know a person who attended a Presidential inauguration. A reporter, from a local hometown paper, interviewed this native for the hometown perspective of the inaugural events. Suddenly, they were converged upon by a crowd of reporters and media personnel. "Who are you?" they demanded focusing cameras and thrusting microphones in faces, "Are you somebody important?" After explanations were given, the crowd raced off to find "somebody important."

Most of us will never be "somebody important" in the popular sense but we can always be somebody involved in something important.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important news in the world and we can all be involved in it. This blog is part of my effort to be involved in something important.

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