The Power of Words is Incredible

My new year begins in September when my three children go back to school. I get an impulse to buy new notebooks, read new books and start new writing projects. This “new year” I set a goal that was not only completely self-directed but also highly self-involved; I began writing my autobiography. I have written 50,000+ words and am just finishing high school (in my book, not real life). Yet, now, as I approach the real new year of 2008, I am considering (by thinking out loud) my desires, purposes, and audiences for writing. I am influenced by these words by Elder M. Russell Ballard, a leader in my church:

“Words create conversations, and conversations create understanding. There is truth in the old adage that ‘the pen is mightier than the sword.’ . . . May I ask that you join the conversation by participating on the Internet. . . . Talk honestly and sincerely about the impact the gospel has had in your life, how it has it helped you overcome weaknesses or challenges, and helped define your values. . . . the power of words is incredible.

Elder M. Russell Ballard
speech given at
Brigham Young University-Hawaii’s

graduation ceremony on 15 December 2007

Words are deep and powerful, and I seek that in my writing. For that reason, up until now, I have hesitated to use this medium as fully as I could. Thanks to my husband’s generous Christmas gift of a domain name, his technical skills to set up this site, and his abundance of encouragement, I am beginning tjhirst.com. As my introductory tagline reads, “Not the usual stuff, (but I’m still figuring it out).” For now, my site will include answers to The Question, biographies of everyday people, and media reviews. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and while my spirituality influences my content, my site is applicable to a broader audience and not geared specifically toward other members of my church.

Just as good writing gives ordinary words “incredible” power, a new perspective uplifts the seemingly mundane. Writing is my discovery process, and I invite you to discover with me.

 

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1 Comment

  1. David
    Jan 1, 2008

    This is a wonderful site. I see this will have a lasting impact in many people’s lives.

    David J.

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