Monday, November 3, 2008

It's the little things

Today in my Institute class we talked about becoming children of Christ. We listened to an excerpt from a book by President Eyring. He told of a young man who wanted to know if he had been forgiven by God fo mistakes he had committed earlier in his life. President Eyring considered questions about his attendance at Church, if he was on time, if he sat in the front at the meeting, if he fulfilled his hometeaching responsibilities and did he take care of them early in the month, did he do them more than once a month, etc. The young man was indeed doing all of these things and so it was clear from the little things he was doing that he had indeed turned his life to the Savior.

So I started thinking about little things. Those are the things that really make the difference. The little kindnesses, the little smiles, the little words of love and support and encouragement, the little thoughtful actions that help. Tonight I called Matt's girlfriend Kelly to express my love and the fact that she is in my thoughts and prayers since her father passed away and I could tell that this little thing made a difference. Bit by bit little things add up until they have become a much bigger thing. Like the scripture that says, "line upon line, precept on precept, here a little and there a little. . ."

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