In 1999, there was a lot of money floating around for IT contractors to bring enterprises up to Y2K Compliant systems. I followed some of this money to the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul for those outside of the Midwest). At the time, the economy in that market was booming for IT workers, and I was still trying to figure out what I was going to do when I grew up. I had just had my second child, and we were still deciding where to settle our little family. The Cities, as we refer to the area, seemed as good a place as we could ask for.
As it turned out, I disliked the Cities. In fact, I learned a bit about my hometown in figuring out that I disliked that area. It can be summed up in a simple way. When I tried to strike up a conversation with other people in the check-out line at the supermarket, they turned away and pretended that I was not there instead of joining the conversation. This was the oddest thing to me, who was used to life in the Midwest outside the major cities....
I am thankful for my Heavenly Father and for everything that he does for me. I am thankful for Jesus Christ, for his atonement and mercy. For His Gospel. For the scriptures, prayer, a living prophet.
I am thankful to live in this wonderful country with its inspired Constitution.
I am thankful that families can be together forever and for temples.
I am thankful for all you awesome people and for your kindness and friendship, even though we haven't met in person.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all! #givethanks
A message from Dave.