I fell in love with this quote as soon as I read it and couldn’t wait to share it. It was included in an article in the July 2011 Ensign (for the full article click here-it’s a good one!).
“Let us love at all times. And let us especially be there for our brothers and sisters during times of adversity. …
“As we extend our hands and hearts toward others in Christlike love, something wonderful happens to us. Our own spirits become healed, more refined, and stronger. We become happier, more peaceful, and more receptive to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit.”
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, “You Are My Hands,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2010, 70, 75.
This is such a profound truth. Our Savior Jesus Christ is our perfect example of service and love. He spent His life teaching, serving, and ministering to others and gave the ultimate sacrifice for us all, His life. In a world that focuses so much on self and finding what makes you happy I think it is easy to forget that we can find much of the happiness we long for when we are willing to sacrifice a little, whether it’s some of our time or talents, or even pride to help those who are in need. There is always someone that we could help; whether it is someone with a physical need or emotional need. Sometimes the service could be as simple as listening to them with sincere interest.
It is easy to get caught up in our own problems and a little self-absorbed. I know that I have been guilty of this and feel safe in saying everyone has had a turn at doing so. I have found, over and over again, that my problems become less consuming and easier to bear when I have found someone else that I can do something for, some need that I can meet. We grow in ways that we would not otherwise, we do find strength that we did not know we had, we become more of what our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know that we can become. We find peace in a troubled world by following the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We find ourselves.