Monday, February 29, 2016
Lifting Our Burdens Through Service
We've been teaching an 85 year old lady named Ana.
We've been also visiting Raul a member who's been away from church for over 10 years.
I was praying 2 weeks ago trying to figure out getting Ana to church and her wheel chair and everything... and Raul name comes very clearly to my mind. He has a car. He doesn't do anything Sunday mornings... I wrote it down and moved on.
We were planning for the week and we get to Ana, and how she is going to get to church. I remember Raul and the very clear answer I had received the week prior.
We called him and asked him if he would help someone we were teaching get to church that Sunday.
It was silent for over a minute. He protested weakly and we told him "Brother, were not trying to get you to go to church. We need your help so that someone else will." Silence again.
He visited her with us Saturday night to arrange everything.
Sunday morning, he almost beat us to her house.
He lifted her from the wheel chair to the car and from the car to the wheel chair. He dropped us off at church and then drove away.
Church ended and he was waiting outside the door. He lifted her up and put her in the car. and then took us all back to her house to take her out again and put her in the wheel chair.
We asked him, while driving Elder Reynolds and I back to the church, if there was anyghint we could do to help him or him family. He responded "Keep doing what you have just done".
People stop going to church for so many reasons. The grand part of them being reasons very very small, that push us so very very far away from the Love and Unity we feel as active members in the Gospel (not church, but gospel... I am not talking about church attendance).
Serving others is one of the many ways the Lord uses to bless US. not the people we are serving, but US. Service has a way of lifting our own problems from our shoulders and for a few moments we are free to see the world as it really is and not how we think it is.
Keep the commandment and serve someone this week.
I love you all very much,
Élder Hampton | Misión Argentina Salta