As members of the greatest and most uplifting organization that has ever existed let us each determine that we can find a little improvement in our lives as we reach out to others that might need a smile, a thank you or just an acknowledgment that you know they are there. Though we may have trials and challenges there is still good we can accomplish and which will in turn lift our spirits.
The late Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, when going through his last stages of cancer, reminds us that “The in-betweeners merely survive. But those who have really lived will be those who have lived righteously, because they will have lived righteously and served selflessly in a time of stunning contrasts. They will have managed to keep clean in a dirty world, and reign free, they will be happy in otherwise sad times, and all their experiences will be for their good.”
He went on to use a wonderful thought from another man with great spiritual strength. “As C S Lewis put it well when he gave us the analogy of remodeling the human soul and a living house: “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently, He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of—throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace.”
May each of you recognize that you really are being built into “a palace” that can bring great joy and happiness to your part of the world, if you will let it! What greater achievement could one make that to help others find that peace which comes only through Christ? Thank you for your help in the work to us and our young Elders. -Elder & Sister Hamilton