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We Believe in Doing Good

In the Articles of Faith for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the 13th verse states:

aWe believe in being bhonest, true, cchastedbenevolent, virtuous, and in doing egood to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we fhopeall things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able togendure all things. If there is anything hvirtuousilovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things

Do you believe in doing good to all men and women as well?

Becoming

How do we become people who other people need?  The Lord has made us this way.  He has given each of us the responsibility to serve and care for others.

Sometimes you may feel alone when you are reaching out to others, but with Christ you are never alone.

A Quote and a video for the Day…

I am really impressed with this quote and thought I would share it with you today…. I may have shared it before, but it is such a good scripture:

“That which doth not edify is not of God, and is darkness.  That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.” –Doctrine and Covenants 50:23-24

Do the things that you do in your everyday life edify?  Do the things that you listen to, watch, or view edify you?

This video really touched me today.  I hope you are touched by it as well and perhaps want to be a little better because of it.

A story of the Spirit of Christmas

I found this story in the December 2008 Ensign magazine.  It was so good, so I had to share it with you.

How Could I Help?

BY APRIL A LOVE

I wanted to do something to help a family in need, but what?

“That Christmas season started out like any other, that is, until I decided to focus on following the Savior’s example of loving and serving others.

I wanted to serve Him whose birth we were celebrating, and I wanted to find a way for my children to do the same. So I prayed daily throughout December, seeking guidance about how to do this. I felt that by helping others I was being an instrument in His hands and that I was doing His work.

I found many ways to serve others and felt the Christmas spirit stronger in my life. Soon I began to wonder if I was giving to Him or if He was giving to me. One such experience brought our family closer to the Savior as we helped a family in need.

I worked at a service project hosted by the sister missionaries in our area. After the project was completed, I asked the missionaries to contact me if they or anyone they knew needed assistance.

Only a few hours after I returned home, the phone rang. It was the missionaries asking if I could drive a woman and her three small children home because their car had broken down. I agreed and quickly drove to pick up the stranded woman and children.

I picked up the family and began the 40-mile (64-km) drive that would take us to their home, which the woman said was near a lake. During the drive I became acquainted with the young woman and could tell that she cared deeply for her husband and children. As we got closer to the lake, I couldn’t see any homes nearby and was shocked when she directed me to a small tent.

“Here it is,” she said with a smile. “There’s our home.”

About that time her husband appeared through the tent flaps, and I soon learned that he had lost his job months before and was trying—unsuccessfully—to find another one. Being unable to pay rent, they had moved out of their apartment and were using a small tent as a temporary home.

Whenever the husband could find a ride to town, he looked for employment and worked at temporary jobs to provide for his family’s needs. Once a week his wife traveled into town to buy groceries, all the while praying that their car would continue to run.

Their plan had worked for a few months, but it was now cold and keeping warm was difficult. Before long their money would be gone, and they would not be able to afford food or transportation.

Yet they seemed full of faith and were surprisingly optimistic. The woman simply said that they knew everything would be all right. They had prayed and knew God would watch over them. They thanked me warmly for giving them a ride home, and though I felt uncomfortable leaving them out there in that condition, they assured me that they would be fine.

All the way home I couldn’t stop thinking about them and knew I had to do something more for them. But what? I wished my family had money to fix their car, to buy them food, or to pay for their apartment until the husband could find work—but we didn’t. I began to pray for direction about how to help this family.

By the time I arrived home, I had a plan. The next day in Relief Society I told the sisters about the family living in a tent, and I asked if they would help gather supplies for them. It wasn’t long before warm clothes, blankets, and food began arriving at our door. A few days before Christmas, my husband and I took the items out to the family by the lake. They were appreciative to us and the Relief Society sisters, but they were especially grateful to Heavenly Father. I still was uncomfortable leaving them but felt it might be unwise to invite them into our home.

As Christmas drew near, my heart ached for this family. I wanted them to have a traditional Christmas in a home, with a tree, and with the security of a stable job. I continued praying, “What would Thou have us do?” But it seemed that no answer came.

On Christmas Eve I decided to cook the turkey and side dishes ahead of time for the next day. Throughout the day more goods arrived for the destitute family, so my husband and I decided to take the food and gifts out to them that evening. I felt glad that they would have a semblance of Christmas with a turkey dinner and presents for the children. But then I realized that the family would have no way to cook the dinner and that they wouldn’t even have room for all the gifts in their small, already overcrowded tent. Shortly thereafter, I felt prompted to deliver it all anyway—and to take them our own turkey dinner, since it was already cooked.

Our family loaded everything into our van and headed for the lake. Our children had each chosen one of their own gifts to give to the other children. We were all excited to see how they would respond when they saw their presents. Despite our growing anticipation, I worried that these gifts would not be useful for this family. However, I reminded myself that I had felt prompted to bring everything.

When we arrived, we were surprised to see the family packing their belongings into their car. The husband explained that he had found a job and that his boss had provided an apartment for them and was even paying the first month’s rent. They were to move in that day.

“Put everything in our van!” we told them. “We’ll take you. You can make it all in one trip that way.”

Excitement filled the air as we loaded their belongings into our van and took them to their new home. While we moved the family into their new apartment, I realized that Heavenly Father had answered both their prayers and mine. He blessed this family with a warm home, a stable job, a traditional Christmas dinner, and even with a Christmas tree, which their new neighbors brought over. Before we left, we embraced this family and the young mother said, “We knew God would answer our prayers. We all knew it.”

Driving home that night, I recognized that my children had caught the true spirit of Christmas. They seemed more excited about giving than they had ever been about receiving. “Did you see the look on Jimmy’s face when I gave him my train?” one child asked. “And on Annie’s face when I gave her my doll?” another remarked.

When we arrived home, we found a large box on our doorstep. Inside it was a beautiful turkey dinner with all the trimmings. We will never know who provided that thoughtful gift on Christmas Eve—we hadn’t told anyone we had given away our own Christmas dinner. But what we will always know is that our awkward attempt at a gift for the Savior had turned into a most precious gift for our family—a Christmas experience we would never forget.

The family was grateful for the warm clothes, blankets, and food provided through the Relief Society of our ward, but they were even more grateful to Heavenly Father.”

What are you giving Christ for Christmas?

Wise men brought gifts to give to Christ at His birth.  We all give each other gifts, but do we think of what gifts during our lives that we are striving to give Jesus?

When I think of gifts to give Christ, I think of service and love and the fruits of the spirit.  Surely as we serve others we are serving Christ.

We all need each other

There are so many times in my life that I have needed other individuals to help me that I cannot count them.  It is simply impossible to do so.  God gave us each one another so that we would be able to learn, grow, and lean on one another for help, strength, and support.

There is something to learn about being around other individuals.  The world, life, etc. is not all about you.  If it were to be that way, Heavenly Father would have created a separate world for each one of us.  But that is not how He did it.  There is purpose in each of us being here together on this earth.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf said in his talk entitled “Providing in the Lord’s Way:”

“Whether we are rich or poor, regardless of where we live on this globe, we all need each other, for it is in sacrificing our time, talents, and resources that our spirits mature and become refined.”

I love how he states that last part… ‘it is in sacrificing our time, talents, and resources that our spirits mature and become refined.’  It is so true.  We are refined as we work to help others out and sacrifice of our abilities etc. in order to do the work of the Lord.

President Uchtdorf similarly said in the same talk:

“Our spiritual progress is inseparably bound together with the temporal service we give to others.”

It pays to give that quote some thought.  In order to progress spiritually, we must serve others as the Savior would.

How we serve others is also important.  Serving in the Lord’s way, is the best way to serve because it helps individuals and families feel empowered and of worth.  So what is the Lord’s way of serving others or helping others temporally?

President Uchtdorf said:

“The Lord’s way is not to sit at the side of the stream and wait for the water to pass before we cross.  It is to come together, roll up our sleeves, go to work, and build a bridge or a boat to cross the waters of our challenges.”

Basically, the Lord’s way is to become self-reliant and to help others become so as well.  But even when we become self-reliant we still need other people to help us stay self-reliant, etc.  We can also help others grow in their self-reliance.

The Lord has a plan for each one of us.  We are each important, but the world does not revolve around us.  Just as we need other people, other people need us.

This truly is the Spirit of Christ

This truly is the Spirit of Christ: