Radbindranath Tagore, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913, wrote “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” I love the feeling of complete happiness that comes from doing something for someone else. Although Nathan never complained too much when he was asked to shovel a neighbor’s driveway or rake leaves, it is great to see how much he has grown to love service. Who would have thought that he would actually go looking for ways to help others? Life is good, life is joy!
“I think I have mentioned doing service at the trailer park before, it is so fun . . . I was on an exchange in that ward and our service project fell through so we drove up to see if we could help with anything. Turns out, they had to dig a trench to run under a trailer to put some wire so they could get power on the other side. So we dug until we got to the trailer and then we had to crawl under it. There was about 18 inches of space, and we had to use a spade and a small pick axe thing. It was so hard, I was so sore, and it was such slow progress, but we had a blast. We were a little concerned about rattlesnakes under it but all we found was a dead lizard and lots of bugs. . . But that service project was so much fun, it felt just like “The Great Escape.” Elder Barrus, who I was with, is a really great missionary, I was glad to be able to spend the day with him. Oh, and the house they live with is a little mother-in-law house in the backyard of these people who farm turtles. So I got to play with the turtles a little, and some of those are aggressive.”