Vai's View: Vai's View: Ross Farnsworth and the ripple effect of one good deed

Published: Friday, June 1 2012 1:00 p.m. MDT

Its purpose is to train and educate the thousands of young people in Central America who, after serving missions, return to a life of poverty. Many aren't qualified for the Perpetual Education Fund because they either dropped out or simply didn't have opportunities for an education. Junior's programs have educated more than 2,000 young people in Central America. Junior is doing for them what his dad did for us — provide hope and opportunity. Church, community and civil service wasn't taught so much in the Farnsworths' tiny home as it was lived.

And it was that service to my family and me personally that I was compelled to return to Mesa to express gratitude to Ross Farnsworth. Ross Senior asked if I'd speak to his entire family, so he gathered his posterity on a Sunday evening and held a special family home evening/fireside.

I recounted for them how their parents/grandparents assisted my family and what I learned from the experience. I returned specifically to tell Ross and Anita Farnsworth that their investment in the Sikahemas was not squandered. We all graduated with BYU degrees and all served missions.

We've married in the Temple, raised good families and have been independent and self-sufficient, in part because of what they did for us and how they did it.

As I've earned a good living in my life, I've been mindful of how the nouveau riche ruin their children and second generation because of affluence. Like Ross Sr., I'm a pioneer in my family that way and have tried to follow his pattern. So far, so good.

I learned and have tried to be a good steward of all that God has blessed me, in part, because of Ross and Anita Farnsworth.

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