Oakland Temple president, matron receive award from BYU society

Published: Monday, Dec. 13 2010 7:00 a.m. MST

The Oakland California Temple president and matron and a San Jose businessman were honored by the Silicon Valley Chapter of the BYU Management Society for their public service contributions and their support of the mission to grow moral and ethical leadership worldwide.

Businessman Don Ainge and President Richard Hunter and his wife, Sister Nan Hunter, were honored Nov. 5 at the chapter's annual fundraising banquet.

Also, 22 local LDS students who collectively received $20,000 in scholarships were featured in a video presentation.

During his award acceptance remarks, Ainge described his childhood and separation from his mother and brother (by social services) as a moment that changed his life. He was then blessed by a wonderful caregiver named Shirley. She instilled work ethic, required him to pay $30 each month for housing and told him, “Stop being a victim and start using your talents.”  Shirley taught him that life is not “fair,” further explaining that “… a fair is where pigs receive blue ribbons.” She also instilled the importance of family and moral values and had him attend her church each week.
Once he graduated from high school, she presented him with $2,000, plus interest, from the money that he had earned and paid her to apply toward his expenses in college. When Don Ainge joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and told Shirley, she simply stated, “Stay on the path.

Upon receiving the award, President Hunter spoke about his trials with balance throughout life. He recited a story of when he was traveling and discovered a lecture tape series in a plane magazine featuring Hyrum Smith. He decided to make the purchase, and the curriculum led him to the wisdom of, “Do what you value most with your time.” Upon receiving this advice, he pondered what he valued, for about three months, and was surprised by where he was spending most of time, recognizing that change and balance was needed. He then decided to specialize in his law practice and focus on his personal priorities.

President Hunter explained that one of the greatest moments in life was when he realized that he simply wasn’t going to always get everything done each day. He noted that his top items to accomplish each day consisted of spiritual components, and if these are not in place “nothing else really matters.” He continued, stating that with this priority change came peace, harmony, contentment and hope.

Sister Hunter began her acceptance by thanking everyone in attendance for not pointing out what she called “warts” or mishaps while raising her eight children, using her wonderful humor to tell several stories and examples. One story included her cutting the cord of the family television with a butcher knife because she was certain that it was ruining their life. 

She encouraged taking part in activities and participating even if you are not perfect, stating, “You don’t need to know anything at all to do something,” and “You can have fun doing things that you are not perfect at doing.”

This year, the Management Society raised more than $11,000 for scholarships with close to 250 people in attendance.

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