Elder Uchtdorf´s talk ¨You are My Hands¨ really touched me as I read this morning of the life of the Savior and the good that He did, the completely self-less love He had and showed for all people. I don´t think we could ever emphasize enough the importance of following Jesus Christ´s example - in simple things and great. I want so badly to do as He did and be as He was. I know its possible, even now, to be as He is. To every man, woman, and child the Lord extends the promise of a ¨fulness of joy; and ye shall sit down in the kingdom of my Father; yea, your joy shall be full, even as the Father hath given me fulness of joy; and ye shall be even as I am, and I am even as the Father; and the Father and I are one¨ (3 Nephi 28:10). Think of what a great reward it is some days just to be able to sit down in you own home in peace at the end of a long day. Then multiply that by infinity and you still can´t imagine the immense joy and satisfaction that awaits those who may sit down in God´s home - in His kingdom - at the end of this ¨day of life¨ with the promise to ¨go no more out¨ (Alma 29:17, Alm 34:32-33). This is the gift of eternal life. It truly is a gift. And we receive it from Jesus Christ. We cannot appreciate it, however, without passing through mortality. And we cannot pass successfully through mortality without the help of Jesus Christ. His Atonement is His love and His help manifested in action. May we ever manifest our love, our friendship, our desires for good with our actions. We can be true friends to the friendless, comforts to the comfortless, and a great help to all our brothers and sisters. There is not a living soul who does not need someone else´s help. There is not a soul that does not need the Lord´s help. ¨A true friend loveth at all time, and a brother is born for adversity¨ (Proverbs 17:17). Let´s all be friendly brothers!
Elder Uchtdorf relates this story:
¨An old Jewish legend tells of two brothers, Abram and Zimri, who owned a field and worked it together. They agreed to divide both the labor and the harvest equally. One night as the harvest came to a close, Zimri could not sleep, for it didn’t seem right that Abram, who had a wife and seven sons to feed, should receive only half of the harvest, while he, with only himself to support, had so much.
So Zimri dressed and quietly went into the field, where he took a third of his harvest and put it in his brother’s pile. He then returned to his bed, satisfied that he had done the right thing.
Meanwhile, Abram could not sleep either. He thought of his poor brother, Zimri, who was all alone and had no sons to help him with the work. It did not seem right that Zimri, who worked so hard by himself, should get only half of the harvest. Surely this was not pleasing to God. And so Abram quietly went to the fields, where he took a third of his harvest and placed it in the pile of his beloved brother.
The next morning, the brothers went to the field and were both astonished that the piles still looked to be the same size. That night both brothers slipped out of their houses to repeat their efforts of the previous night. But this time they discovered each other, and when they did, they wept and embraced. Neither could speak, for their hearts were overcome with love and gratitude.
This is the spirit of compassion: that we love others as ourselves, seek their happiness, and do unto them as we hope they would do unto us.¨
I love you all very very mucho. Thank you so much for your prayers, for your goodness, and for helping one another. I´m so grateful for my family! They´re the best! High fives and hugs to all!