Friday, June 17, 2011

"Opportunities to Do Good" -- President Henry B. Eyring

First off, this is an answer to prayer. I have been thinking of these exact things all week. In church last Sunday, we sang the song "Have I Done Any Good in the World Today?" and President Eyring also mentions this song in his talk. As I sang this song in Sacrament meeting, it really made me wonder -- when was the last time I had done any good in the world? That song really hit me.

President Eyring says, "The Lord regularly sends wake-up calls to all of us." These "wake-up calls" can come as someone you know well needing service, or a natural disaster strikes, or you find yourself in need of aid, or as a song in sacrament meeting. But whatever is "call", make sure it gets answered and that those experiences don't just move you, but move you to action.

Next he lists some principles to guide us in helping in the Lord's way:

1) "All people are happier and feel more self-respect when they can provide for themselves and their family and then reach out to take care of others.

2) "The power and blessing of unity

3) "Draw your family into the work with you so that they can learn care for each other as they care for others.

4) "Seek out the poor."

All of these principles are so sound and true. When employed, a real spirit of unity and closeness will be found within a family, and that family will feel joy and satisfaction in their work as they care for the poor who will feel the blessings of being served.

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