The motto reads: 'light to shine in darkness'. I originally wanted it to say, 'A light shines in the darkness' as in John chapter 1, but I forgot to conjugate it (silly me!) and it ended up with the much haughtier 'A light to shine in the darkness'. Oh well; the old mottoes generally were pretty haughty. My personal favorite was, 'We didn't come from kings; kings came from us.'! Since I'm female, the shield is changed to a 'lozenge'. Did it in pencil first to get it right, then black rollerball pen. I did it while watching Lawrence Welk with my mom, (!) which means it took an hour. :) Mantling is a pain, but scrolls are fun!