I’ve generally been critical of LDS Church magazines. As one blogger noted, “they are the most widely subscribed to magazines that nobody reads.”
However, in the most recent edition (April 2014) of the Ensign there is an article by Neil K. Newell titled: “We Are the Lord’s Hands.” Newell gets it right:
In the October 2011 general conference, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, said: “Too often we notice the needs around us, hoping that someone from far away will magically appear to meet those needs. Perhaps we wait for experts with specialized knowledge to solve specific problems. When we do this, we deprive our neighbor of the service we could render, and we deprive ourselves of the opportunity to serve. . . .
President Uchtdorf went on to say, “The Lord’s way is not to sit at the side of the stream and wait for the water to pass before we cross. It is to come together, roll up our sleeves, go to work, and build a bridge or a boat to cross the water of our challenges.”
Seeking out the poor and ministering to those who suffer is an indispensable part of what it means to be a disciple of Christ. It is the work that Jesus Christ Himself did as He ministered to people of His day. “This work of providing in the Lord’s way is not simply another item in the catalog of programs of the Church,” President Uchtdorf concluded. “It cannot be neglected or set aside. It is central to our doctrine; it is the essence of our religion.”
Thank you President Uchtdorf and Neil Newell (LDS Welfare Services).
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