In church today at the Ilford LDS chapel, three speakers gave their ideas on the above topics, which I have briefly captured for you (briefly because they were going so fast that I was not able to jot everything down, mainly because the ideas were so fascinating that my mind was trying to understand them).
The first speaker was Sister Rubby Ofodile, whose speech was so beautifully written that I think it ought to be published in the Ensign.
She began by the mention of the motto on the U.S. currency : In God we trust, followed by 'Dieu et mon droit' the motto of the British Monarch, translated by Rubby as 'God is on my right'. "We as children of God should have trust in Him"
First we have to find someone trustworthy, and then we have to get to know
him. She seems a woman of innate faith. She recapped the story by Mary Stevenson of the footprints in the sand, sometimes two, at other times only one, when God was carrying the weary traveller, tired, sleepy, clueless but trusting.
The way Ruby gave her speech had most people spellbound.
The second speaker was Sister Julie Tavner, on the subject of Charity.
"Charity purifies us....Charity is a divine gift.... we need to have charity in our hearts, to be more Christ-like....to have compassion for the hungry and the sinner, like our Saviour.
Prophet Joseph Smith also practised charity. Charity is having patience; looking beyond the physical and looking at the other attributes. Charity is inclusive. It sanctifies us, making us more like the Saviour. It is not easy to do. A charitable heart rejoices not in inequity. Charity is the pure love of Christ."
The third speaker was Brother Mohammed Conteh, on the topic of Spiritual and Temporal Blessings of Service. He recounted from the Book of Mormon the passage where King Benjamin is speaking to his people. "I say unto you...."
Some well known verses from the Saviour : "If you turn away the needy, or don't visit the sick, then I say unto thee...." Guess what Jesus said. Similarly if you are muscular or gracious, then....
The Christ said many beautiful words, whose ideas are ingrained in the minds of humankind. I feel sure most people can fill in the blanks in the above passages.
In the fullness of time, these beautiful words of the Christ will bear fruit. May they increase our understanding.
It was a glorious, beautiful day filled with sunshine, and the Stratford Ward had a baptism, that of Chantal Gregoire, attended by a house full, celebrated with hymns and welcoming speeches, and a feast, with many dishes representing many cultures.
(Written by Duru-darshan
Melchizedek priest at LDS Ilford)