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A THOUGHT FROM THE SCRIPTURES

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Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. - Gal. 6:2

Acts of Christian service should be part of our everyday agenda," said Elder Rex D. Pinegar of the Presidency of the Seventy in the October 1991 general conference. "In the book of Acts, it is said of Jesus that He `went about doing good.' (Acts 10:38.)"Jesus taught us how to do good: love our neighbors, forgive others, care for the poor, the needy, the afflicted, the lonely. It is inspiring to see that the Lord has organized His Church to also do these same things; to care for the needs of others through various assignments.

"These planned acts of service generated through Church programs are important and commendable. They are the mark of a Christian people. The Church has a function in service and renders assistance that cannot be provided by individuals alone. These opportunities of the Church as an institution, however, cannot fulfill the responsibility you and I have for personal acts of Christlike kindness. These lift our souls and renew our relationship with our Heavenly Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.

"President Spencer W. Kimball said, `The major strides which must be made by the Church will follow upon the major strides to be made by . . . individuals.'

"Perhaps the greatest of Christian acts are those we never hear about. They are deeds done quietly, spontaneously, anonymously, without expectation of recognition or compensation. Christian acts begin with Christlike thoughts in our hearts. . . . Then, Christ's teachings and His characteristics will be reflected naturally in our actions. Soon, there will be more friendly smiles, more kindly words, more courteous responses from us; all seemingly small, insignificant acts, yet they can have a great impact in all our lives."