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We Have Great Reason to Rejoice: Being Instruments in the Hands of God

Today’s inspiration is drawn from “We Have Great Reason to Rejoice” by Carole M. Stephens, First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency during October 2013.

Finding Joy in Service

In our journey through life, we often seek moments of joy and fulfillment. But have you ever considered that true joy can be found when we actively participate in the work of salvation by serving and uplifting others in small and simple ways? Today, we explore the inspirational words of Carole M. Stephens, who reminds us of our great reason to rejoice as we engage in the beautiful act of service.

A Lesson from a 10-Year-Old

Carole Stephens shares a heartwarming story of her grandson, Porter, who demonstrated profound love and care for his grandmother, or “granny.” Porter’s actions of standing by her side, hugging her, and patting her hands were simple yet deeply meaningful. This story serves as a touching reminder of how small acts of love can make a significant impact in the lives of those we serve.

Keeping Covenants Through Service

Carole connects Porter’s loving actions with the sacred covenants made at baptism, quoting Alma’s words from the Book of Mormon. These covenants include bearing one another’s burdens, mourning with those who mourn, and standing as witnesses of God. Porter’s acts of love were a reflection of his commitment to these covenants.

The Warmth of the Holy Ghost

Porter’s response to Carole’s message is both touching and enlightening. He mentions feeling warm in his heart and attributes it to the presence of the Holy Ghost. This highlights the profound connection between serving others and experiencing the comforting influence of the Spirit in our lives.

Daughters in the Lord's Kingdom

Carole Stephens emphasizes that women in the Church have made sacred covenants, and they are walking the strait and narrow path that leads to eternal life. Each individual may be at a different point on this path, but together, they can support and uplift one another in their journey.

Helping Each Other Along the Path

Carole shares a beautiful example of two young women, Jeanne and Ashley, who chose to walk at a slower pace during a hike to support one another. Rather than focusing solely on reaching the destination, they found joy in the journey itself, appreciating the beauty of God’s creations along the way.

Strengthening One Another's Faith

While hiking, Jeanne, Ashley, and Emma were unknowingly keeping their covenants by serving each other with love, compassion, and commitment. Their actions strengthened one another’s faith and provided mutual support.

The Power of Covenant Keeping

Elder Russell M. Nelson’s teachings emphasize the importance of knowing who we are as children of the covenant. Maria Kuzina, a faithful disciple in Russia, exemplifies this by ministering to those around her, both members and less active friends. She exercises her faith to help others along the covenant path.

Maria's Impactful Ministry

Maria’s story showcases her unwavering dedication to serving and ministering to others. She reaches out to those who have been less active or haven’t yet heard the gospel message. Her love and persistence make her an instrument in God’s hands, helping to bring souls back to the fold.

Strengthening Our Sisters

Carole Stephens encourages readers to see themselves as instruments in God’s hands. She reminds us of the power of offering our love, compassion, and commitment to those who may need encouragement to stay on the covenant path.

A Reason to Rejoice

In conclusion, the words of Carole M. Stephens remind us of the profound joy that comes from serving others and keeping our covenants. As daughters in the Lord’s kingdom, we have a great reason to rejoice in the privilege of being instruments in God’s hands. Whether through small acts of love or more significant acts of service, we can make a positive impact on the lives of those around us.

Embrace Your Role as an Instrument

Let us reflect on the lessons shared in this post and consider how we can actively participate in the work of salvation. Reach out to someone in need, offer a helping hand, or simply show love and kindness to those around you. By doing so, we can make the world a better place, one act of service at a time.

Remember the profound impact that small and simple acts of love can have on others. As we embrace our role as instruments in God’s hands, we not only find joy in service but also draw closer to the Savior and His love. Let us follow the example of Porter, Jeanne, Ashley, Emma, and Maria in becoming covenant keepers who rejoice in the privilege of serving one another and, in doing so, become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ. Link to the original: We Have Great Reason to Rejoice

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