You Were My Silver Spring


“I wrote Silver Springs uh, about Lindsey. And I ~ we were in Maryland somewhere driving under a freeway sign that said Silver Spring, Maryland. And I loved the name. …Silver Springs sounded like a pretty fabulous place to me. And uh, ‘You could be my silver springs…’ that’s just a whole symbolic thing of what you could have been to me.”~Stevie Nicks

Whenever I hear this song on the radio I always think of my hometown of Silver Spring, Maryland. Surprisingly I recently read that Stevie Nicks, lead singer for the band Fleetwood Mac, was actually inspired to write this ballad when she saw the exit sign off the Washington Beltway.

The song is symbolic for her, and also for me but in a different way. I had a wonderful childhood because of the family I grew up in and the type of friends I surrounded myself with. While I had many high school friends not of my faith who are close to my heart, I owe a tremendous debt to those youth from my church who so diligently lived the gospel principles of Jesus Christ.  I will forever be grateful for them and the inspiring example they provided by the way they conducted their lives.

Now all these years later I see that, as a whole, these wonderful friends of my youth, are still actively working and serving in the gospel of Jesus Christ. What a testimony to their character and of the great blessing all of us receive when we choose to associate with great people.

So to all the friends of my youth:

“…I salute you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, in token or remembrance of the everlasting covenant, in which covenant I receive you to fellowship, in a determination that is fixed, immovable, and unchangeable, to be your friend and brother through the grace of God in the bonds of love, to walk in all the commandments of God blameless, in thanksgiving, forever and ever.” (D&C 88:133)

Stevie was right!  Silver Spring was a fabulous place to grow up as were all the people who from there, so influenced my life for the good!

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