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In the early 1990s, a TV slogan that made an impact on our family was “Snap, crackle, pop! What do your Rice Krispies say to you?”

On a Sunday morning before church, our young children were eating a bowl of Rice Krispies at the table while I was reviewing a Relief Society lesson I was going to give later that morning. A quiet little voice from our 4-year-old declared, “Mom, I don’t have to go to church today.”

I said, “What?”

Little Jami repeated, “I don’t have to go to church today.”

“Who told you that?” I wondered.

She proudly proclaimed, “My cereal told me!”

I think we can all agree that we are bombarded by what President Dallin H. Oaks refers to as alternate voices—those voices that try to persuade us toward an identity contrary to what we know as Latter-day Saints to be. Those voices try to persuade us into a false reality that we are not good enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not spiritual enough, or just ordinary. Some of those voices try to coax us into blending in with the rest of the world when we were born to “stand out. Be different. Be a light.”

When we better understand our divine identity, that light from within, and couple that with carefully living our covenants, like living God’s commandments and serving others like our Savior Jesus Christ, we can count on some wonderful blessings.

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