Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Conference Applied-Alonso's "Doing the Right Thing at the Right Time, Without Delay"

I was browsing titles of conference talks tonight looking for one about gratitude, you know, to be themey and all, but this one jumped out at me.  After reading it, I can see why.

Elder Alonso starts by saying this:
In our day many people are living in the midst of sadness and great confusion.  They are not finding answers to their questions and are unable to meet their needs. Some have lost a sense of happiness and joy.
Later he continues on to tell a story about losing his son in Mexico City while on a shopping trip.  He points out that when their son was lost, they didn't need a planning meeting, they needed to simple get out and act.  Elder Alonso's other point was that his son never even realized he was lost.  About this, he said:
Brothers and sisters, there may be many who, for some reason, are lost from our sight and who do not know that they are lost.  If we delay, we could lose them forever.

For many who have need of our help, it is not necessary to create new programs or take actions which are complicated or costly.  They only need our determination to serve--to do the right thing at the right time, without delay.
As I was reading this talk, an experience from college stood out in my mind.  I'd had my heart broken and was literally on my knees praying to my Heavenly Father for help knowing I was loved.  A knock at the door interrupted my prayer, and true peace entered my soul through the friendship of a faithful friend who simply did the right thing at the right time, without delay.

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