Sunday, August 12, 2012

Service

Last Sunday night our family had the missionaries over for dinner. As we were finishing our peaches and cream for dessert one of the Elders gave us a spiritual thought. He shared an inspiring story and I'd really like to share it. It was a story about a seminary class and the teacher told all the kids to think of someone they really disliked and to draw a picture of that person on a paper ... Then they put their drawings up on the wall so they could each have a chance to throw darts at that "mean" person in their lives. All the kids were full of anger as they thought of these people and threw the darts with hatred as well. In the middle of this exercise the teacher asked them to sit down.... After all the kids were in their chairs, he pulled down one of the pictures that they were throwing darts at and underneath was a picture of the savior, with holes from the darts penetrating his eyes, cheeks, forehead etc. The class fell silent as the teacher explained the scripture: Matthew 25:40 "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

There was more to the story, but this gets the point across well enough. It's amazing to think how much better our relationships could be if we just remembered that our Savior Jesus Christ is also being affected by unkind words and actions. On the flip side, he is just as happy as the person we say a kind word to or do a random act of kindness for. So, let's try our best to be kind and think of each other as brothers and sisters, because we really are all spirit children of our loving heavenly Father. :)

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