Last year I started a personal challenge to share one of the 21 principles as covered in the book by Richard G. Scott. I took a short break from this challenge when I was doing the General Conference Challenge as I felt this would get lost in all of those posts. Then I took a short break when I was in the middle of my Annual Gratitude Challenge and then my Caroling For Christmas memes as I also felt they would get lost in all of those posts. I took another break when I did the A to Z Challenge, as I was positive they would get lost in all of those posts too. I didn’t want that to happen as this book has really touched my heart and I have felt impressed to share it with you and my own feelings about each of the principles. You can read about the other principles I have covered here. If you would like your own copy of this book, you can purchase it here. This is NOT an affiliate link, even though I do have an affiliate account with Amazon. I have chosen NOT to use an affiliate link as I don’t feel right about it in this circumstance.
“As you seek spiritual knowledge, search for principles,” counsels Elder Richard G. Scott. “Principles are concentrated truth, packaged for application to a wide variety of circumstances.”
“A true principle makes decisions clear even under the most confusing and challenging circumstances.”
I want to quote just a little bit out of the book about this principle:
“I am convinced that when we give unconditional love; when our interest is first in serving, building, edifying, strengthening without thought of self; when we do not expect an automatic return for each act of kindness, generosity, or sincere effort to help; when we are not concerned about what we will receive or what others will say or whether our own burdens will be diminished, but selflessly seek to build another, the miracle of the power of the gospel is released in our lives. When we permit the Lord to work through us to bless others, that sacred experience releases power in our own lives, and miracles occur.” ~Richard G. Scott
I really love this. To put it simply, it is the golden rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. When we serve others, we are serving our Heavenly Father. My grandma always taught me that when you want or need to love someone, then you serve them. It is impossible to not love someone when you lose yourself in serving them. When we do this, our own struggles seem to diminish and they don’t seem so significant. By doing this, we learn to love as the Savior does and we become better for it.