Wednesday, March 7, 2018

President M. Russell Ballard on the power of small and simple things

President M. Russell Ballard (born October 8, 1928) was called as a Seventy in 1976, and has served as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles since 1985. He became acting president of the Twelve in January 2018.
"Great things are wrought through simple and small things. Like the small flecks of gold that accumulate over time into a large treasure, our small and simple acts of kindness and service will accumulate into a life filled with love for Heavenly Father, devotion to the work of the Lord Jesus Christ, and a sense of peace and joy each time we reach out to one another.
"As we approach the Easter season, may we show our love and appreciation for the Savior’s atoning sacrifice through our simple, compassionate acts of service to our brothers and sisters at home, at church, and in our communities."
- M. Russell Ballard, "Finding Joy through Loving Service," General Conference April 2011
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Small things can accumulate into great things, when consistent and repeated effort is manifest. This applies to collecting flecks of gold in a prospecting effort; it also applies to "simple acts of kindness and service" that can turn a normal life into one that is glorious and Christlike, filled with "a sense of peace and joy":

Elder Ballard gave a particular challenge "as we approach the Easter season" in his remarks. We are within a few weeks of that time right now, this year, as well. He encouraged us to find ways in our life to give "simple, compassionate acts of service" to those around us as ways to "show our love and appreciation for the Savior's atoning sacrifice." That would be a wonderful gift for us to share, and a wonderful blessing to feel the power and peace it brings to our lives.

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2018)

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