This morning I was reading from the book Daughters In My Kingdom during my morning scripture study. A phrase jumped out at me from Chapter Nine. The title of that chapter is “Guardians of the Hearth”: Establishing, Nurturing, and Defending the Family." There is a lot to think about when thinking about that statement. Understanding this phrase has helped me make certain pivotal choices in my life. I have made choices to try to do the best I could in my responsibility as a mother and as the guardian of my hearth. No one else can guard my "hearth." My "hearth" is all that I have tried to create in my home to take care of and nurture my family. If I don't guard it, it may not withstand the onslaught of all that is around us to destroy us. My husband has blessed my life by encouraging me to do the best I could in my role as"hearth guardian." He always lets me know he is grateful for my efforts. I have felt negative influences many times in my life which seemed to want to destroy my home and family. I have had to fight with my heart and in the strength of the Lord to stay true to my hearth and not get distracted from my purpose. I think eternity is too long of a time to have to wonder what we "might have done." I hope I never forget the importance of my role as wife, mother, nurturer, and "hearth guardian."