my lesson today.

I’m teaching Relief Society today at church, so I got up early to review and finish preparing. I get to “teach” or lead a discussion around a talk called, You Are My Hands, that Elder Uchtdorf gave in general conference.

This quote really stands out for me:

“We cannot gauge the worth of another soul any more than we can¬†measure the span of the universe”


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And this little analogy, too:
One woman who had been through years of trial and sorrow said through her tears, “I have come to realize that I am like an old 20-dollar bill–crumpled, torn, dirty, abused, and scarred. But I am still a 20-dollar bill. I am worth something. Even though I may not look like much and even though I have been battered and used, I am still worth the full 20 dollars.”

Near the end of his talk, Elder Uchtdorf poses this question: Christ knows how to minister to others perfectly. When the Savior stretches out His hands, those He touches are uplifted and become greater, stronger, and better people as a result. If we are His hands, should we not do the same?

good stuff.
have a good Sunday.

Comments

  1. love the $20 analogy. Happy Sunday

  2. Lisa R. says:

    The $20 bill story is so, so true, yet how many people do not feel their worth?
    I loved this statement too: Christ knows how to minister to others perfectly. When the Savior stretches out His hands, those He touches are uplifted and become greater, stronger, and better people as a result. If we are His hands, should we not do the same?
    How can I read that and not act on it?
    TFS

  3. Julie Lueck says:

    Thank you Stacy. I am home sick today and with sick kids too and my hubby has to work today. I am in the nursery now and deeply miss RS. I feel like I got a mini lesson. How cool for your ward that they get to have you as a RS teacher. No matter who the teacher you can always gleem something from the lesson, but how wonderful when you have a great teacher. It’s like hearing one instrument vs the entire orchestra. I was in your finishline scrapbooking class and you were wonderful then, I can only imagine adding gospel principles. Thank you again for todays post.

  4. LOVE the $20 bill analogy. How very true that, in spite of our many flaws, we are still valuable simply because God decided that we are. Not what we’ve done, but what He’s done for us, in us, and through us. Sunday blessings to you, Stacy.
    ~Toni~

  5. Vonda Snow says:

    This reminds me of the words from a song called “If We Are The Body” by a group called “Casting Crowns”:
    James 2:1-9 / I John 5:19-21

    “But if we are the body
    Why aren’t His arms reaching?
    Why aren’t His arms healing?
    Why aren’t His words teaching?
    And if we are the body
    Why aren’t His feet going?
    Why is His love not showing there is a way?
    Jesus is the way”

  6. Amen! There are so many wonderful analogies out there that bring a vivid image to mind. I always remind myself and my children to think about those people who need ministering to…that has been us before, and may be us again in the future…someone may not feel strong enough to ask for help, but we can be God’s witness to them.
    Thanks for sharing this today Stacy!

  7. I love your post today. Just a beautiful and important reminder for us all. I immediately thought of our sisters in Congo, where I recently visited. Women who want only to raise happy and healthy children – just like every other mother I’ve ever met. Only these women are dirt poor, hungry, scared and exhausted. They are in horrible circumstances, enduring a war that no one cares about and so few even know about. These women have taught me so much and I’m forever grateful. Their value is far more than this world can comprehend.

    Thank you Stacy for your post today and for your uplifting and inspiring words.

    (hugs)

  8. My son loves Shel Silverstein and has since he was little, and my daughter is in love with Amelia Bedelia (but for the life of me, I can’t remember who writes that series!). They are both great readers, so this is so cool. Thanks for a good reminder of our self-worth…I forget that sometimes being mom, and forgetting that I’m still me.

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