A friend whom I have known for almost twenty years passed away yesterday. Sybil always had a smile and laugh to share, was willing to help in whatever way was needed, showed concern for whoever she was talking to – a very special lady. And she happened to be Nathan’s first Cub Scout leader. She loved those boys and would often ask how Nathan was doing. I am thankful for great friends I get to see at least every Sunday. There are many times that I get help before I even know I need it! Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin once said, “Kindness is the essence of greatness. … [It] is a passport that opens doors and fashions friends. It softens hearts and molds relationships that can last lifetimes” (“The Virtue of Kindness,”Liahona and Ensign, May 2005, 26). How true!
I asked Nathan if the family they were teaching was going to be baptized on Saturday. In his words, “this family would hop in the font tonight if they could, but it is not because of their testimony of the gospel, they just like the friendly people and think it will help their kids as they grow up. Two good points, but they are missing the big picture. They don’t realize how significant it is to have the Priesthood on the earth again and to be led by a prophet. And since they already want to get baptized, we are having a heck of a time convincing them that they need to read the Book of Mormon and pray about the restoration of the church. They really are a great family.”