Monthly Archives: July 2017

A New Way to Think About Service


Sunday I went to the Gospel Essentials class during Sunday School at church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).  The lesson was about service, and giving service to others as Jesus Christ did.

The local missionaries were teaching the lesson, and they started by telling the story of a church member who lived in Alaska.  This brother (man) lived quite some distance from the church, so would leave Saturday night to be able to get there in time for church Sunday morning.  Talk about dedication!  And I have heard of others who did whatever it takes to be able to attend church services.

One day a General Authority from the Church came to visit this ward (congregation).  He heard about this brother and asked to see him before he left.  When they met, the General Authority said to this brother that he lived too far away to give service to the ward, i.e. he couldn’t do his Home Teaching.

This got me to thinking.  Whereas I was impressed at the lengths this brother went to to go to church, now I thought about the service we give in the church and that living far away would definitely cut down on how much you would be able to provide.  And I wondered if this brother considered moving closer to town so he could be of greater service.

From there I went on to thinking about my own circumstances and the amount of service I give.  I find I have my own limitations such as family needs, working full-time, etc., that do not allow me to serve as much as I would like to do.  And I have always chalked it up to doing what I can with what I have.

But perhaps there are some things I can do differently, or think about in a different way, to be able to serve more as Jesus did.  An interesting thought.

The missionaries didn’t know the end of the story, whether the brother changed anything or what, but it is a beginning to my story as I consider what more I can do to be of greater service to Heavenly Father and His children.  🙂

Decades, Sears, Feed The Children – What do they have in common?


If you were fortunate enough to see Heroes At Home today, you know what Decades, Sears, and Feed The Children have in common.  And there may be more that just those – I’m only halfway through the show.

You also would have a warm feeling in your heart, and gratitude for the service the brave men and women in the military give to our country.

In Heroes At Home, shown on Decades channel, 6 military personnel were spotlighted for the incredible sacrifices they and their families gave for this country.  And “we” gave back to them.  Sears donated rooms of furniture and furnishings to every family, and Feed The Children just donated 1 year’s worth of food for a family that was caring for not only their own children, but also for orphaned children in their extended family, and friend!  11 children in all, out of the goodness of their hearts.

I am humbled even more than usual by the many sacrifices that were made, and continue to be made, by our military, their family and loved ones – from the beginnings of this great nation, down through the ages and continuing today.

I am thankful to see people, organizations, and businesses who are reaching out and helping those people.  It is a small price to pay for the many freedoms we enjoy.

I feel a greater desire to help in my own small way to let people know I appreciate what’s been done.  And I want to help spread the word so others can know these things as well.

Happy 4th of July – and all that means to The United States of America!  🙂