- Great things are brought about and burdens are lightened through the efforts of many hands “anxiously engaged in a good cause.” Imagine what the millions of Latter-day Saints could accomplish in the world if we functioned like a beehive in our focused, concentrated commitment to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- There is power in our love for God and for His children, and when that love is tangibly manifest in millions of acts of Christian kindness, it will sweeten and nourish the world with the life-sustaining nectar of faith, hope, and charity.
Elder Ballard tells us that we are doing great things in our lives, but asks us how we can do more. He tells us that this process to change is found within our testimonies and becoming a more committed disciple of Jesus Christ.
- Many of us are dutiful in attending our Church meetings. We work hard in our callings and especially on Sundays. That is surely to be commended. But are our minds and our hearts just as anxiously engaged in good things during the rest of the week? Do we just go through the motions, or are we truly converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ? How do we take the seed of faith that has been nurtured in our minds and plant it deep in the fertile soil of our souls? How do we make the mighty change of heart that Alma says is essential for our eternal happiness and peace?
- Only when our testimony transcends what is in our mind and burrows deep into our heart will our motivation to love and to serve become like unto the Savior’s. It is then, and only then, that we become deeply converted disciples of Christ empowered by the Spirit to reach the hearts of our fellowmen.
He tells us some of the characteristics that we will obtain as we change into a converted disciple of Christ providing these daily acts of kindness and charity.
- We are gentle and meek and long-suffering.
- We are kind, without hypocrisy or guile.
- We feel charity toward all men.
- Our thoughts are always virtuous.
- We no longer desire to do evil.
- The Holy Ghost is our constant companion, and the doctrines of the priesthood distill upon our souls as the dews from heaven.
Finally, he concludes with advice on how we become the type of person that the Lord wants us to be. He teaches us how to find opportunities to serve others in our everyday lives.
- There is one simple daily practice that can make a difference for every member of the Church, including you boys and girls, you young men and you young women, you single adults, and you fathers and mothers. That simple practice is: In your morning prayer each new day, ask Heavenly Father to guide you to recognize an opportunity to serve one of His precious children. Then go throughout the day with your heart full of faith and love, looking for someone to help. Stay focused, just like the honeybees focus on the flowers from which to gather nectar and pollen. If you do this, your spiritual sensitivities will be enlarged and you will discover opportunities to serve that you never before realized were possible.
Elder Ballard gives us clear direction on what we can do to become more than we currently are. This change of behavior, the change to become more Christlike in our everyday interactions, is supported by our daily prayers to ask God for help. The symbolism of the honey bees is found in the Book of Mormon and church history. It is a perfect example of how we collectively effect the world around us even through our small and seemingly insignificant contributions don't appear to be much. The honey bee provides life sustaining nutrients for us. In the same way, the small acts of kindness and charity provide gospel nutrients to the soul. Today, find someone to serve and start a daily tradition of asking God to teach you what you can do to be a better server of His children.