Author Ted Gibbons handed away after an extended battle with most cancers. In honor of his reminiscence and the great insights he shared right here on Meridian, we’ll proceed to publish his work periodically.
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Cover picture: “Miracle at Quincy” by Julie Rogers.
Alma defined to believers that involvement with the church meant greater than immersion within the Waters of Mormon. His message was, You have to be prepared to care for one another. “You must be willing” meant greater than immersion within the Waters of Mormon. His message was, You have to be prepared to care for one another. You have to be prepared,
to bear each other’s burdens, that they might be mild; Yea . . . to mourn with people who mourn; yea, and luxury people who stand in want of consolation . . . (Mosiah 18:8,9).
If we discover a brother or sister in misery and do nothing, we shall be topic to the judgements laid out in Matthew 25. Those who ignore victims “shall go away into everlasting punishment” (Matthew 25:46).
When we be taught that our brothers and sisters are in misery we have to be like the chums of Job.
Now when Job’s three pals heard of all this evil that was stumble upon him, they got here each one from his personal place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they’d made an appointment collectively to return to mourn with him and to consolation him (Job 2:11).
The Savior set the instance. He got here
To proclaim the appropriate yr of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to consolation all that mourn . . . (Isaiah 61:2).
Our Church historical past is replete with examples of members who responded to the wants of others in simply this manner.
Amidst the horrible hostilities in Missouri that might put the Prophet in Liberty Jail and see hundreds of Latter-day Saints pushed from their houses, Sister Drusilla Hendricks and her invalid husband, James, who had been shot by enemies of the Church within the Battle of Crooked River, arrived with their kids at a swiftly formed dugout in Quincy, Illinois, to reside out the spring of that harrowing yr.
Within two weeks the Hendrickses have been on the verge of hunger, having just one spoonful of sugar and a saucerful of cornmeal remaining of their possession. In the nice custom of LDS ladies, Drusilla made mush out of it for James and the kids, thus stretching its contents so far as she might make it go. When that small providing was consumed by her famished household, she washed the whole lot, cleaned their little dugout as completely as she might, and quietly waited to die.
Not lengthy thereafter the sound of a wagon introduced Drusilla to her toes. It was their neighbor Reuben Allred. He mentioned he had a sense they have been out of meals, so on his manner into city he’d had a sack of grain floor into meal for them.
Shortly thereafter Alexander Williams arrived with two bushels of meal on his shoulder. He advised Drusilla that he’d been extraordinarily busy however the Spirit had whispered to him that “Brother Hendricks’ family is suffering, so I dropped everything and came [running]” (This story is said by Jeffrey R. Holland in “A Handful of Meal and a Little Oil,” Ensign, May 1996, 31)