I would like to thank all of the women of the Unblog and wish them a belated Happy Mother’s Day. My wife’s best Mother’s Day gift was Skyping with our missionary son who is currently in the Rochester, NY mission waiting for his visa to Brazil.
As I thought of my wonderful wife on her special day, I was reminded of a time many years ago when I lived in Alaska. I had just finished reading a church book that had helped turn my heart to the Savior. I was basking in the Spirit brought by the message of that book, and so I offered a prayer of gratitude for being able to read it. I wanted to continue my spiritual development and so in that prayer I asked my Heavenly Father what I should read next to move forward along the path. The very clear and direct answer I received was a wakeup call.
I was not told a specific book to read nor was I given some unusual task to perform. Instead, I asked to do a very simple act of service. In answer to my prayer, the Spirit told me, “I want you to help your wife with the dishes. That service will be of the greatest worth to you.” I looked up chastened as I saw my wife toiling alone with the dishes. I got up off my knees and proceeded to the kitchen to help her with them. Since that day, whenever I hear the clanking of dishes, I try to immediately go to the kitchen to help with them. It is even better when I start to do the dishes on my own, so she does not have to. I am still not perfect at doing the dishes, but I am much better at it.
An important lesson I learned from this experience is that the application of spiritual principles is probably more important than only learning about these spiritual principles. Many of us love to read and study and gain further understanding of these greater blessings. That is an important step, but we also need to remember the greatest thing that we can do is apply these principles by blessing those around us, especially our own spouses, children and family members. We need to get our hands dirty by physically laboring in the trenches and doing the needed work of cleaning filthy homes and helping people in desperate circumstances for long periods of time if needed.
This is the work of the Lord, and, when we do His work unbidden, we are walking on sacred ground. We will invite the Lord to reveal himself to us as we are engaged in this type of sacred service. We will learn more about Him and His tender mercies and grace from experiencing these simple acts of charity and sacrifice than we will from reading about them. May we all waste and wear out our lives in serving and blessing and lifting each other.