We have had a really challenging year so far. You can
read about it here.
But through all of the challenges we have had so
many tender mercies. People have shown our family
so much love, we have been on the receiving end of
many tender mercies.
"Each of us can have eyes to see
clearly and ears to hear distinctly the
tender mercies of the Lord as they
strengthen and assist us in these latter
David A. Bednar
The Tender Mercies of the Lord
General Conference April 2005
Each day I have learned to recognize and appreciate
the good in the day. If I didn't focus on whatever I
could that was good or positive I think I would have
lost my mind. It helps me to just deal with what I
have to deal with and not cry.
It does NOT help me with my laundry. Darn!
Last week I was able to unwittingly give someone else
a tender mercy.
I took Kumaka to the doctor for his
UTI, and as I was talking with her, she was sharing
some things in her life that were challenging right
now (we are good like that....she knows the good
bad and ugly about me....and she was having a really
hard day so she just came in and unloaded).
I shared a couple of experiences I had that were
challenges similar to hers.
Words came into my mind unbidden to share with her;
the most important of which were this:
Continue to pray. Continue to read the
scriptures...even if it's just a small amount...every day
find the time to read and find comfort in them.She
hugged me and then she took sweet care of my baby
boy like usual. When she came in to check on him
before we left, she hugged me, said she prayed in her
office right after she left the room and felt better. She
told me that she really needed me today.
I'm going to the doctor because my baby is sick and I
get to help someone???
And all I could think of was God knows what he is
Then yesterday I had to take Kumaka back to see her
because he was not getting better. I had my husband
with me. As we left, she looks at him, and says your
wife really helped me last week. I love her. And she
hugged me forever. She said it really helped and she
could tell a difference.
"As we emulate His perfect example,
our hands can become His hands; our
eyes, His eyes; our heart, His heart.....
This is the spirit of compassion: that we
love others as ourselves, seek their
happiness, and do unto them as we hope
they would do unto us."
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
You Are My Hands
General Conference April 2010
It made me feel so good to help someone...even though I was going to see her so she could help me. It really amazed me and made me think that I really need to be aware of what is going on around me. It didn't take much for me to share some comforting words and give a hug..but it made a huge difference to her.
I want to share this song with you...I love it!
Janice Kapp Perry