At the Wells Fargo Bank across from the Orem City Center there is located on the east wall a large picture showing various events from Orem history.
There is a picture of three men and two ladies standing together in the poster. It struck me when I looked at it while at the bank that all five of them were wearing hats. Most people today do not wear the kinds of hats in that picture.
As I thought of that picture and the changes in clothing from then to today, I have thought of the many changes that have occurred in our lives in the last 10 to 20 years in technology, in the work place, and in our lives as a whole.
2015 will also be a year of change.
During the last 22 years that my family and I have lived in Orem, much has changed. When I think of all of the improvements that have occurred to our city and our community, I am thankful for what has been done.
In my neighborhood, some streets were not yet connected when I moved into our house. There were no streetlights. Shopping was much farther away. Several schools were not yet built where my children would attend. 8th North was not yet rebuilt. Many of the city streets were not yet improved and repaved.
I look forward to the future. I believe that as a community we can work together to bring change that will be forward thinking and help build and mold our community in ways that will be of a benefit to us all.
But through the change that will come, I would challenge each of us to look for ways to help each other and support those around us with good works, and a strong sense of being there to see those in our neighborhoods grow and move forward. May we each work to lift others, to comfort others, to be aware of other’s needs, and to think less of ourselves and more of others.
I hope that we can, as a community and in our own neighborhoods, be effective agents of change for the good in strengthening and helping those near to us and around us.
I have watched so many of our citizens in Orem do many great things for others in many areas of life this past year. I wish to say thank you to them. I also thank all those who work to make our community a better place without others even knowing of all of their good works.
May we look to 2015 as a year of change in ways of helping those in need, of helping others to reach their goals, and of helping to build our family members and neighbors.