Friday, December 15, 2017

Blessed are the merciful

From The Merchant of Venice:
The quality of mercy is not strained;
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown:
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
It is enthronèd in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
Be gentle, be kind, be merciful today. Somebody out there needs it!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also

Most missionaries are focused on the work most of the time. That's where their treasure is. However, every now and then there's some sort of cultural event that can be just a little distracting. Like, perhaps, the new Star Wars movie that opens today!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Golden Rule

It's a good day to do something nice for someone else.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Blessed are they that mourn

We all carry some sort of burden — death, illness, disappointment. The holiday season often makes it worse. Do something nice for someone today. We could all use a little more kindness.

Monday, December 11, 2017

I was a stranger and ye took me in

Pres. Hinckley said that every new member needs a friend, a job, and to be nourished in the good word of God. We often think of "strangers" as people outside of our circle. But often there are people sitting in the pew next to us who feel alone and isolated. Reach out to that someone, even if you're the one who is feeling alone.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Search the scriptures

One of my favorite General Conference addresses ever was Elder Richard G. Scott's "The Power of Scripture" from October 2011. In it he says that scriptures are like packets of light that can lighten our way.* "To memorize a scripture is to forge a new friendship," he said.

There's a lot we can learn from the scriptures. There are good examples, and as Santa knows, there are bad examples.

*Interesting that it's Rudolph who shows up on the Christmas countdown today!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

I was sick and ye visited me

It's interesting to notice how different people react to being sick. Some people just soldier on, others need care and attention throughout their illness. And sometimes you just need chicken soup!