Fri - May 23, 2008 : 12:30 pm
Gen. Conf. - Neighbor - Burton
Reading this talk from Bish H. David Burton really made me feel good. It brought the Spirit of God into my little work office and made me realize how much good there is to be done in the world.
I personally had no idea the church was doing so much to help so many people. I knew of some major disasters in which the church lent a huge helping hand, but I didn't know that we help with disasters on average of once every two days.
Some quotes which hit home to me were the following:
"When Church representatives in Findlay, Ohio, presented a donation to the local Red Cross chapter, a passerby spotted them in their yellow Mormon Helping Hands T-shirts. She walked in and held up her camera phone with a picture of four Helping Hands and exclaimed, "They just saved my home!" Then she hugged everyone in sight."
"The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things that you do for others remain as your legacy."
When I think of normal people going out of their way to help others, it gives me hope. It gives me hope because of the huge spotlight which is given to people who intentionally hurt and kill others.
I personally believe that for every news story of someone getting hurt, there is at least one story never told about someone who was quietly helped by a friend, family member, or an anonymous charitable passerby.
Where are the news stories for these things? Wouldn't life be different if the spotlight was put on the good, instead of the gory - the happy, instead of the hurtful? I think it would.