Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Bread of Life

Recently, after giving a devotional speech in a local ward, President Laycock was approached by an elderly woman. Bent with age and smiling past strands of silver hair, the woman stopped President Laycock as he left the building. She thanked him for his words and for his service and then reached into her handbag. Wanting to give him a gift, she offered him all she had ... a small roll that she had been keeping. Accepting the wonderful gift, President Laycock thanked her for the Spirit he had felt in the meeting. President Laycock has kept the roll and looks at it often to remind him of the love of the Chilean people. Interestingly, the roll has not molded. Rather, it has hardened and preserved itself. The frail Chilean Sister will probably never know that her sweet, selfless offering has been the subject of object lessons taught throughout the Santiago East Mission. As we consider the Bread of Life and what Christ means to each of us, let us remember to "be not weary in well doing for [we] are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great" (D&C 64:33). We are sure that this little woman was inspired by the Holy Ghost to share what she had with President Laycock. We are extremely grateful that she followed the whisperings of the Spirit and made a difference in our lives. President Laycock keeps the roll on his desk next to a small plaque that states: "Con amor... Obramos en el Jardin de Dios." (With love... we work together in the Garden of God.) This is the same plaque we made before coming to the mission. Our missionaries have given one to every Bishop, Relief Society President, and Stake Presidency in the Mission.

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