A pad of post it notes costs somewhere around a buck, or perhaps the price of a single note is somewhere around a penny.


But consider the value it can afford. Bear with me while I share the following true story:

My fiftieth birthday started just like every day does. I turned off the alarm and followed my morning rituals. Once I made it to the bathroom, I drew the shower, shaved, and dressed. After brushing my teeth, I tried to smooth the cowlick standing up on the top of my head. “At least I have hair to smooth,” I thought smugly. Then I grabbed the handle to open the door to my bedroom, and everything changed.

Unbeknownst to me while I was showering, someone was preparing a scene to behold. I will never forget this:

balloons-732290_640Fifty balloons with tassels floating in my room; each one bearing a note of encouragement and love from a family member. I have all those sentiments tucked away and re-read them on occasion, still today.

I am so thankful for my sweet family.  I am so lucky to have them in my life. I urge you to share your love with your families.  It takes just a minute. It costs nothing. But everyone wants to know his family is happy and successful.  And sharing your love and support with them can make all the difference.

When we acknowledge our fathers, we help ourselves.  Honor your fathers, and perpetuate respect for those who gave us life, and that is what Father’s Day is all about.

We all love our fathers and their memories last a lifetime.

I love that I can reminisce and celebrate good family memories. We have had really great times. Thanks for all the kind notes, calls, cards, and gifts expressing your sentiments.

So I ask you, can a simple note change your life? I didn’t think so before, but I do now.

For all the dads out there that do so much, here’s to you!

It is only in the celestial kingdom that we can live in families forever. There we can be in families in the presence of our Heavenly Father and the Savior. The Prophet Joseph Smith described that wonderful experience this way:

“When the Savior shall appear we shall see him as he is. We shall see that he is a man like ourselves.

“And that same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be coupled with eternal glory, which glory we do not now enjoy.”

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Because of all of you, for me it’s already started.

I love you,


About Walter Penning
In 1989, Walter Penning formed a consultancy based in Salt Lake City and empowered his clients by streamlining processes and building a loyal, lifetime customer base with great customer service. His true passion is found in his family. He says the best decision he ever made was to marry his sweetheart and have children. The wonderful family she has given him and her constant love, support, and patience amid life's challenges is his panacea.

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