by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
Elder Holland speaks plainly and directly. His talks always resonate with me, and leave me wanting to become better. This talk was no exeption.
Using Christ as his example, Elder Holland invites us to, whether rich or poor, do what we can to help others in need.
"From the beginning of His ministry, Jesus loved the impoverished and the disadvantaged in an extraordinary way. He was born into the home of two of them and grew up among many more of them. . ."
"Down through history, poverty has been one of humankind's greatest and most widespread challenges. Its obvious toll is usually physical, but the spiritual and emotional damage it can bring may be even more debilitating. In any case, the great Redeemer has issued no more persistent call than for us to join Him in lifting this burden from the people."
In the latter-days we've again been commanded to "look to the poor and . . .needy and administer to their relief that they shall not suffer." (D&C 38:35)
What can we do?
"For one thing, we can, as King Benjamin taught, cease withholding our means because we see the poor as having brought their misery upon themselves. Perhaps some have created their own difficulties, but don't the rest of us do exactly the same thing?
"Are we not all beggars?" (Mosiah 4:19)
"Don't we all cry out for help and hope and answers to prayers? Don't we all beg for forgiveness for mistakes we have made and troubles we have caused? Don't we all implore that grace will compensate for our weaknesses, that mercy will triumph over justice at least in our case?"
I was recently introduced to Girl With Cake. She lives in South Africa. She reaches out to the needy by baking, decorating, and then giving away a cake almost daily. She says: