I saw something yesterday that broke my heart.
Sister Warwood and I visit families day in, day out. We see a lot of people. It's just part of what we do. Yesterday, we visited a family that I have come to love and have compassion for. I think that by visiting this family, I have been able to feel more love that the Savior bestows upon His servants in a way that I never expected, and in a way that I wish I didn't have to see.
They do not come from a perfect home. They do not come from great financial means. Although they know of Jesus Christ, they do not have a strong Christian background.
Yesterday in our visit, the husband and wife were arguing. I could see how exasperated she was, how tired and how hard she had worked all day and felt that she had nothing to show for it. I saw how confused the husband was, seeing that this was a situation that he was tired of trying to fix. He would give suggestions to solve the problem and would be wrong. He didn't know what to do either, and he got to the point where he almost didn't seem to care. I got the impression that this was a common occurrence in their home. Their children needed attention, the mom needed acknowledgement, and the dad needed understanding. This family needed love.
Sadly, as a missionary my stewardship only goes so far. I can't give marriage counseling, I can't take care of a home or children. I probably wouldn't be much good at any of that anyway. All I can do is share the gospel and hope they will accept it, and the family has to choose to accept and implement its principles.
As Sister Warwood and I walked away, I thought, "What would the Savior do if He was in that home? How would He feel? What would he say to them? What would He teach them?" I know how I felt, and it was not good. I wanted to help them so much. The love of Heavenly Father that I felt for them was that of deep sorrow. This family has all the access to every tool they need to build a strong and unified family, but HOW do I teach them to use it?
Well friends, I still don't know. So, I am asking something of you today.
If there is someone you know who needs you, someone you can teach, someone you can love, someone who could use a break from the kids, someone who could use a spiritual message, someone who could use a listening ear, if there is ANYONE that you can think of who may be in need, go and be the Savior's hands for them today. You have so much power to uplift someone. The world is at your fingertips with which you click the button of a keyboard. Use those hands and see how you can heal a heart.
Have a service-packed day.