The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Alma 37:6-7

"I hope that we will not underestimate the little gifts-the little gifts that we receive from God and the little gifts that we can give each other. God prizes little things too." Chieko N. Okazaki, "Aloha!" [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1995], p. 197

"President David O. McKay focused our thinking on the purpose of our earthly existence in 1969 when he said: 'Keep in mind that man's earthly existence is but a test as to whether he will concentrate his efforts, his mind, his soul upon things which contribute to the comfort and gratification of his physical nature, or whether he will make as his life's purpose the acquisition of spiritual qualities.'" Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Finding Peace in Our Lives," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1995], p. 66

"In order to have spiritual experiences and to turn routine experiences into such, we need to have the Spirit of the Lord with us continually. We need to ponder the significance of the events in our family, many of which appear, at the time, to be very small and unimportant but which are actually great experiences if seen in their proper perspective." Gene R. Cook, "Raising Up a Family to the Lord," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1993], p. 171-172

"Day in and day out the same Lord who parted the Red Sea so that Israel might escape Egypt provides ways for us to escape temptation (see 1 Corinthians 10:13). 'By very small means,' Alma told his son, 'the Lord... bringeth about the salvation of many souls' (Alma 37:7). Scale, therefore, is not the sole measure of spiritual significance; for 'out of small things proceedeth that which is great' (D&C 64:33)." Neal A. Maxwell, "Men and Women of Christ," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1991], p. 87

In our day-to-day actions, it is often the small and simple things that will have a long-lasting impact (see Alma 37:6–7). What we say, how we act, and how we choose to react will influence not only ourselves but also those around us. We can build up, or we can tear down. A simple and positive example is a story told about my grandmother. She sent one of her young children to buy some eggs. The trusted child was probably joyfully walking home along the road, but most of the eggs were broken when the child arrived home. A friend of the family was there and admonished my grandmother to scold the child for behaving so badly. Instead, Grandmother calmly and wisely said, “No, that will not make the eggs whole again. We will simply use what we can and make some pancakes that we can enjoy together.” – Per G. Malm, “Rest unto Your Souls,” Ensign (CR) November 2010

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