A number of years ago I received a rather unique and frightening assignment. Folkman D. Brown, then our director of Mormon Relationships for the Boy Scouts of America, came to my office, having learned that I was about to depart for a lengthy assignment visiting the missions of New Zealand. He told me of his sister, Belva Jones, who had been stricken with terminal cancer, knew not how to "break the sad news" to her only son — a missionary in far-off New Zealand. Her wish, even her plea, was that he remain in the mission field and serve faithfully. She worried about his reaction; for the missionary, Elder Ryan Jones, had lost his father just a year earlier to this same dread disease.
You cannot serve your neighbor without demonstrating your love for God. Service is a product of love. So long as we love, we serve. "Not what we give, but what we share, for the gift without the giver is bare," said Sir Launfal. And James Russell Lowell stated, "All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action."
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