It really made me laugh last week, when I received three FB updates within seconds of each other spreading the glad tidings that P. Diddy had quoted L. Tom Perry on Twitter. I just had to laugh. I mean, wow, the world pays members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a little attention and we get all psyched.
But then this afternoon, I opened up (on my phone) to this week's Young Women Lesson that I have been assigned to teach called "The Ability to Succeed," and the first quote was none other than the L. Tom Perry one that P. Diddy quoted,"One of the greatest weaknesses in most of us is our lack of faith in ourselves."
I was taken aback. Has P. Diddy been reading the Young Women manual? Is that where he caught wind of this awesome quote by L. Tom Perry? Does he have LDS.org bookmarked or is P. Diddy stalking me?? ;)
I've been around fame before, and like most of you, I understand how fads and popularity work. As they say on Project Runway, "One day you're in, the next you're out."
So, just for the record: I was Mormon, when being Mormon wasn't cool enough to be quoted by P. Diddy. Before President Monson was named one of the Top Ten Most Admired Men in the World. And before Mormonism was named "Religion of the Year for 2011" by Time Magazine.
And when its not "cool" (in the politically correct sense), once again, to be a Mormon, I still will be.
And that, my friends, is "how to succeed."
PS - Diddy, you asked today on Twitter what I was doing for New Year's Eve, well, I'm going to Jacquie Daniel's house along with the Youth of our ward, and we are going to party like it's 1999, or 1959 depending on which crowd you were running around with in 1999. No really, we are. We're gonna drink some 7up, eat some pigs in a blanket, and watch some G or PG-rated movies! Awesome, I know!