The Church’s recommended initiative for today is “Jesus calmed the storm and so can you.” As someone who has continually been on the receiving end of small acts of service, my testimony of Christ’s service has been strengthened. Here are some examples of how people have calmed my storm (hopefully you can get some ideas):
- When I moved into my current house (5 years ago), my mom was involved in a serious car accident. She was hit by someone that was texting and driving and my mom’s car rolled four and a half times. Because we were still in the process of moving, we didn’t know anyone in our new ward but people still showed up to help us move in. That wasn’t the end of their selflessness; the Relief Society president came to my house and talked with my family, and later that night she returned with groceries for us. Her actions seem so simple but they made all the difference for my family and I.
- Over the past few weeks I have missed school because I have been sick. A few of my friends noticed that I hadn’t been feeling very well so they left cookies and a kind letter on my doorstep. They didn’t know that their touching words were exactly what I needed at the time. Their decision to let me know that they care was small yet powerfully significant.
- Everyone has bad days and everyone struggles sometimes. When I was in the hall at school, my friend stopped me and asked if I was okay. He explained that he had noticed that I hadn’t been as energetic and upbeat as usual and that he knew I had been sick but he was still concerned. I told him about how I was stressed because I had missed school and had a lot of work to make up. He told me that he was willing to help me or come with me to talk to teachers if I needed to. Later that night he texted me to remind me that he cared for me and would help me if I needed it. His recognition of my stress and his willingness to help me through my trials were such small things but they calmed the storm that I was going through.
- After my surgery I wasn’t allowed to move my leg for ten days. I was bedridden and I felt alone. I hadn’t told any of my church leaders or church friends about this but they somehow knew that I was struggling. My leaders came to visit me and shared quotes and scriptures with me that comforted me in my time of distress. A few days later, my friends came and they brought treats for me and movies that we could watch together. My leaders’ observance and the girls’ friendship were very simple acts of kindness but they meant the world to me.
The lessons that I have learned from these people are of incredible value to me because I learned that I can ease the burdens of others through my small acts of love. In Alma 37:6, we are taught that “by small and simple things are great things brought to pass.” Through simple acts of service, people can become converted unto the Lord. When I serve others, I feel closest to Christ because I know that I am following in His footsteps and doing exactly what He wants me to do. In Sunday school, my teacher quoted Teddy Roosevelt and said, “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Through service and love we are able to show others what we believe in and they are more receptive to the Lord and His gospel because they know that we love them. I am eternally grateful for the small things that people have done for me because they have calmed my storms in life and have taught me the importance of good works.
I hope that through these examples you have been able to think of ways that you can calm others’ storms. If not, that’s okay, I encourage you to pray for missionary and service opportunities. How can you calm someone else’s storm?