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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Doing good

"At the end of each day, may we be able to say yes to the questions: 'Have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need?' (Hymns, no. 223)" --M. Russell Ballard

So today I watched the video that I just posted. I've been hearing it quoted a lot in church lately and I really like it. God designed us to work together. We can't make it by ourselves. We need God and we need each other. That's why Jesus established His church the way He did, so that all of us could grow closer together and closer to Him. I know that if we each do just a little act of kindness each day, we can make a huge difference. There's a lot of people on this little blue planet, three out from the Sun, and even if only half of us started doing 7 nice things a week, Earth would be a happier place. It doesn't take a lot. Even a smile can make someone's day. Or a nice note.
Last week I had a stressful experience and burst out crying in front of everyone. And a stranger gave me a lovely note that helped me feel less embarrassed. Small things do make a difference.
In fact, it's usually the little things that affect our lives the most. Little, happy, wonderful things that create lasting memories. Like your mom reading you a bedtime story when you were little. Or your dad letting you help him mow the lawn. Or your brother teaching you how to play a video game. Or your best friend taking you to breakfast on your birthday. Or your boyfriend walking you home in the rain even though it's a long way and he'll have to walk back to his place alone. All the things we do to serve others will be remembered. Even  if the people we served don't remember, we will. And we'll feel grateful for the opportunity to do for others what someone has done for us.
The best remedy for feeling down is finding someone else to serve. Just forgetting about ourselves and our problems and helping someone else does us good.  It's easier to be optimistic about the future if we make just a small effort to improve the world, one random act of kindness at a time.

"This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it." --Ralph Waldo Emerson

We can all do something

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Hello again!

Well, it's been a long while since I've posted anything. So long in fact, that I can't seem to get into my old blog. So I decided to start a new one. Makes things simpler. 
For the last year and a half I've been away. I was serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Serving a mission was the best decision I've made so far. I know, more than ever before, that Jesus Christ really is the Savior of the world and I know that if we follow Him, we will be able to return to live with God, our Heavenly Father, again. The opportunity to share that knowledge and teach people what we need to do to follow Jesus was wonderful. I can't imagine what my life would be like if I hadn't gone. I don't know what I would be like. I learned and grew a lot on my mission. Mostly I learned how much I still need to learn and grow. 
But that's how life-changing events are. They don't just make you into a different person. Mostly, they just point you in the right direction and you have to keep walking and making your own changes. It's called agency, the ability and responsibility we all have to act for ourselves. God gave us our agency and He will never take it away. I'm grateful for that. It means I get to make mistakes and learn from them and become a better person. Not on my own, because I need to ask for God's help to be better, but of my own volition. 
That's all for today. Later I'll add more as I feel like it and as time permits. Chau!