- Each of you is in a unique place in your journey to eternal life. Some have years of experience, and others are early in their mortal discipleship. Each is unique in her personal history and her challenges. But all of you are sisters and beloved daughters of our Heavenly Father, who knows and watches over each of you. What you have done remarkably well together is to cherish, watch over, and comfort each other.
He speaks of the need to care for one another and to serve one another. This ability will require the assistance of the Savior who he describes and the "great nurturer" and our ultimate example of how to serve others.
- As you keep the faith, you will find yourself invited by the Lord often to serve someone in need when it will not seem convenient. It may appear to be an unpleasant and perhaps even impossible task. When the call comes, it may seem you are not needed or that someone else could easily give the succor.
He speaks about the Good Samaritan and how he assisted the beaten man, provided for his immediate care, and provided a plan for them to receive additional aid in the future that he was not able to provide. This example should be ours. We should take the same steps in helping those in need, just as the Savior taught.
- Remember that when the Lord lets us encounter someone in distress, we honor the good Samaritan for what he did not do as much as for what he did. He did not pass by on the other side even though the beaten traveler on the road was a stranger and perhaps an enemy. He did what he could for the beaten man and then put in place a specific plan for others to do more. He did that because he understood that helping may require more than what one person can do.
- Like the traveler in the scripture story of the good Samaritan, it is likely that the help needed turned into longer-term care than you could give alone. The Samaritan needed to pass the traveler to the care of the innkeeper. The Lord’s plan for serving others in need provides teams.
- Caring for those in need takes a team, a loving and unified society. That is what the Lord is building among you. He loves you for any part you play.
The ultimate goal is to work with those in need so they can accomplish the needed steps to following the Savior. President Eyring tells us what we need to do to accomplish this and what our ultimate goal in helping others needs to be.
- “What course should I follow that will best help the person I love to ‘endure well’?” It is for us to make it more likely that he or she can exercise faith in Christ, keep a bright hope of eternal life, and practice charity, the pure love of Christ, to the end of his or her life.
He speaks about Relief Society Presidents and their amazing abilities to help those in need.
- Great Relief Society presidents find ways to let those who need care help in the care of others. They create opportunities for sisters to endure trials well as they care for each other in the pure love of Christ.
President Eyring points out that when people need help and support, it can have a negative effect on their feeling of self worth. We need to be mindful of this and help lighten this burden as well. Our ultimate purpose needs to be to strengthen those need so they can provide service to someone else in need in the future. This is the way the Savior would have us serve others.
- Most people carrying heavy loads begin to doubt themselves and their own worth. We lighten their loads as we are patient with their weaknesses and celebrate whatever goodness we can see in them. The Lord does that. And we could follow His example—He the greatest nurturer of all. We speak often of the strength of the circle of sisters in the Church of Jesus Christ. We must learn to recognize that the Savior is always in the circle as we invite Him.
Finally, he speaks of the assuring power of the Holy Ghost to let us know we have done our part. We might not be able to see the end result of the help we give, but the Holy Ghost can provide assurance that we have done enough to help and that others will be called on in the future if additional help is needed.
- The Holy Ghost is sent to you and to those you care for. You will be strengthened and yet inspired to know the limits and extent of your ability to serve. The Spirit will comfort you when you may wonder, “Did I do enough?”
The Relief Society is a wonderful organization. It is truly founded on the principle of providing relief to those in need. How grateful I have been for amazing sisters to support my wife throughout our life. I have had experiences where the world seems to be falling apart around my wife and a call or visit from her Visiting Teacher just happens to come at the right moment. I do not believe that these calls or visits are coincidences. They are small tender mercies from the Lord to a daughter of God that He is aware of and loves. I am grateful for sisters who are so in tune with the Spirit that they can answer that call and minister to my family. I am trying to answer the call more in my life to help others in need as well. Yesterday I was leaving church and saw someone that I felt I needed to just say hello to. I don't know if it mattered to that person that I stopped the car and got out and visited for a few minutes, (although it annoyed my kids), but I am trying to touch peoples lives in the way the Savior would. We all have a role to play in life, and the role I am trying to play is to do what the Savior would do, act like the Savior would act, and say what the Savior would say. With this goal, I am truly trying to be like Jesus in all that I do and say.