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Stories We Tell: Remember Who You Are
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By C.J. Hufnagel
 
He was an unusual boy. The teacher was sure she had never seen anyone like him. If the other students were acting up in the class or out at recess, it was certain that he was not one of them. In all that he did, he manifested kindness and a tender regard for each of his classmates. He was different.

The teacher purposed to find out more about this boy. After school one day, when the two were alone in the classroom, she stated what a fine mother he must have for raising such a good boy. 
The boy replied, “No, my mother is dead.”

“Oh, she said, “Your father must be an honorable man. May I meet him?”

The boy hesitantly replied, “My father is dead also.” Behind a look that evidenced a deep hurt, the boy stated, “I will tell you what happened if you promise not to tell any of my classmates.”

“Yes,” said the teacher. “I promise.”

The boy then began to relate the sad events which took place during his childhood. A neighboring country had invaded his homeland and his father and mother—a prince and princess—had been killed by the invaders. Tears filled the boy’s eyes as he recalled his father’s last words. “Don’t forget that you are the son of royalty,” his father told him while the cruel realities of war separated the two for the last time.

The boy told the teacher how he could never forget those closing words, which were the springboard for all his actions. He purposed in his heart not to dishonor the name of his father and mother. Everywhere he went, in all that he put his hand to do, he made manifest that he was part of a royal family.

Note this quotation from Ellen White which sheds light upon this subject:
In like manner the Lord means that Seventh-day Adventists shall witness for Him. They are not to be hidden away from the world. They are to be in the world, but not of the world. They are to stand distinct from the world in their manner of dealing. They are to show that they have purity of character, that the world may see that the truth, which they conscientiously believe, makes them honest in their dealings; that those with whom they are connected may see that believers of truth are sanctified through the truth, and that the truth received and obeyed makes the receivers as sons and daughters of God, children of the heavenly King, members of the royal family, faithful, true, honest, and upright, in the small as well as the great acts of life. . . . Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well. Let us be faithful in the smallest duties, as well as the work requiring the largest sacrifice. Manuscript 47, 1898.

C.J. Hufnagel is a senior theology major at Southern Adventist University