What I’m about to tell you is tender because the experience showed me how very sensitive and vulnerable the human heart is, especially when we are trying to express our love…
One of my children worked for two months in his kindergarten class to prepare for Mother’s Day. Each afternoon after school he would say something like, “Mama, I am SO excited for Mother’s Day! I can’t WAIT to show you what I am making for you. But I can’t tell you yet. But you are going to be SO happy!!!”
Mother’s Day came and I was the guest of honor in his class at school. Every moment was planned- quite a feat for such young children! He made me a flower corsage out of tissue paper. He painstakingly copied a poem that I knew each letter of each word was written with the thought of ‘I love my mama’ -what else could have motivated him to write that many letters! 😉 He decorated a container of bath salts, he made me a place mat, he brought me over a muffin, poured my drink and pulled my chair out for me…
After so much anticipation for the moment of Mother’s Day- after all his hard work and preparation, he floated home on cloud nine, confident that he had made his Mama 100% happy.
A few hours later, his younger brother knocked over the block tower he had been working on and so, it came to pass, that the said younger brother found himself knocked over and crying. I held the sad one while the mad one all of a sudden became the worried one… That night, I wrote down in my journal his exact words.
“Mama…even though I pushed him, do you still love all my presents I made for you?”
It still brings tears to me.. A child’s overwhelming desire to make his mother happy, his moment of bad choice, the guilt and the worry that everything he worked so hard on means less now…
I want my children to know to make me happy. I tell them almost everyday, “Do you know what makes Mama sooooo happy? When I see my children being kind to each other.” #tryingtobelikemywisemom
Heavenly Father also wants us to know how to make Him happy. In a reverse way, He tell us what makes Him weep. Enoch asks, “How is it thou canst weep?” The answer comes:
Behold these thy brethren; they are the workmanship of mine own hands…And unto thy brethren have I said, and also given commandment, that they should love one another, and that they should choose me, their Father; but behold, they are without affection, and they hate their own blood; (Moses 7:33)
If Enoch instead asked, “What is it that thou canst smile at?” The answer might be, “Behold these thy brethren; they are the workmanship of mine own hands…and they love one another and they choose me, their Father; therefore, they are with affection and I, the Lord, smile on them.”
God wants us to love one another. In this past General Conference, Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong taught aspect of love– rescue. Rescue from sadness, rescue from loneliness, rescue from sin, rescue from obscurity, rescue from anger, rescue from self-pity, rescue from worry… there is a lot we need rescuing from!
I love this quote from Elder Wong:
The work to assist Jesus Christ in saving souls, at least for them, was never too demanding. They came up with a plan—not an easy one, but they acted on it.
(I love how his talk reads like the parable he teaches from… there is so much behind the words!)
When we return to Heaven, we will be so excited to tell our Father how we spent the Time He gave us and the Agency He gifted us… What will He want to hear about the most? I think it might be how we chose to use our time to rescue His children….
I will forever be touched by the sweet gestures of love from my little boy and I will keep trying everyday to show him that best way to express love for a parent -especially the Heavenly Parent–is reflecting that love towards one’s siblings.
Thanks for reading and studying with me today!
S: (Prayer/Ask) Why does God let me and want me to participate in the rescue of His children?
- Read the rest of Elder Wong’s talk. He does an incredible job of naming many roles in the rescue process. As you read it, think about specific people who fill these roles in your life. (For example, think of a person who you see as a rescuer, of a person who has been rescued, of a person who thinks of ways to rescue or of a person who never gives up in the rescue…)
- Read this quote from Elder John A. Widtsoe
“In our preexistent state, in the day of the great council, we made a[n] … agreement with the Almighty. The Lord proposed a plan. … We accepted it. Since the plan is intended for all men, we became parties to the salvation of every person under that plan. We agreed, right then and there, to be not only saviors for ourselves but … saviors for the whole human family. We went into a partnership with the Lord. The working out of the plan became then not merely the Father’s work, and the Savior’s work, but also our work. The least of us, the humblest, is in partnership with the Almighty in achieving the purpose of the eternal plan of salvation.”
“That places us in a very responsible attitude towards the human race. By that doctrine, with the Lord at the head, we become saviors on Mount Zion, all committed to the great plan of offering salvation to the untold numbers of spirits. To do this is the Lord’s self-imposed duty, this great labor his highest glory. Likewise, it is man’s duty, self-imposed, his pleasure and joy, his labor, and ultimately his glory.” (“The Worth of Souls,” The Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine, Oct. 1934, p. 189.)
- What is your favorite story of rescue in the scriptures? Look it up, read it and write down a few themes of rescue. A few ideas:
- Alma the Elder (rescued by Abinadi, Mosiah 12-18)
- Amulek (rescued by Alma, Alma 8:18-Alma 10)
- The woman taken in adultery (rescued by Jesus, John 8)
- Saul/Paul (rescued by Ananias and Barnabas, Acts 9)
- Ruth and Naomi (rescued each other, Ruth 1)
- Could God do all the rescuing Himself? Why or why not?
- In order to rescue someone, you have to be in a safer place. How can one in a safer place compassionately rescue another without patronizing them? How can we stay a humble rescuer?
R: (Write) your thoughts, what you learned, impressions you received, and anything else in your scripture journal (include your thoughts on the study session question: Why does God let me and want me to participate in the rescue of His children?) Also consider writing down the following:
- With the ideas presented in Elder Wong’s talk in mind, write a definition of “rescue.”
- Think of an experience you have had in helping someone. Write it down in your journal. (As you write it, think how one day a great-grandchild will be grateful to know this little piece about your life)
E: (Prayer/Thank)- thank God for what you’ve learned and ask if there is anymore.
The Challenge: Perhaps (and most likely) while you’ve been studying about rescue, a person in your life has come to mind. Before you lay down in your bed tonight, do something to reach out to them. A text, a visit, a note in the mail, a prayer or a hug!
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