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Date Posted: 07:01:10 12/11/06 Mon
Author: Jay
Subject: I can't argue . . .
In reply to: Cricket 's message, "thank you for responding" on 05:58:00 12/11/06 Mon

I think that Deborah's simple answer is right on with what the Savior teaches us. However, I'm probably not at that point. Sometimes, I find situations that do require thought and action plans. It's not always something I can act upon at the moment, or perhaps it requires more financial wherewithal than I have at the moment. And for people like me, I do pray for help to recognize those in need because perhaps I'm just not in tune enough to see it on my own. Indeed, it's not rocket science, but maybe I have to be hit on the head once in a while.

One of my favorite stories along these lines is from Boyd K. Packer. I don't remember the source, but I could probably find it if I needed to.

He told about a time when someone came to him in need of financial assistance and apparently, it was a significant sum of money. BKP gave him the assistance. Later, he learned that the man to whom he had given the money had squandered it all, and that it wasn't used at all for the purposes that BKP had given it to him.

BKP was angry at the guy and for days, he had a dark, depressed feeling inside. Then, he realized what had happened. He hadn't really give the man money at all, because although it was "given", he still retained it in his heart as if it were still his. It wasn't a gift given freely. He had judged the man unwisely and the darkness he felt was because of his own shortcomings, not because of foolishness of the man to whom he offered help. He had done his part in helping the needy. That was enough. Whether or not that man used it for righteous purposes or not really didn't matter. From then on, when he gave, he gave freely and didn't worry about how it was used.

I don't mean to drag this out, but here is a great story for FHE. Perhaps it would be helpful in instructing your children. I've read this story many, many times.


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