#LightTheWorld: Giving and Receiving

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#LightTheWorld

Right before we, the Honey-do and I, left to go visit some elderly single sisters from Church, we got a most wonderful telephone call from our friend Jim, who lives in another state. It has been ages since last speaking with him. He was returning my voicemail message from a couple of weeks ago.

We got to talk about his late wife, Helen, and all of the changes he has been through in this past year. Amazing things are still happening in his life even though he has lived ten years, to this day, as a widower. And yet, what a joyful conversation we had filled with incredible memories. 

It was in Ohio that we got to know Jim and Helen. We got to know them through our Church many years ago. They, being older and wiser, became great mentors and friends. We were so thankful when we had the opportunity give service back to them when they both had chemotherapy on the same week, Jim in Columbus and Helen closer to home.

The incredible joy that comes from thinking back as to how things were and to see how things have gone forward in life for Jim is overwhelming and wonderful.  The Lord’s tender mercies are truly immeasurable.

Jim and Helen became family to us. Even though she has passed on we still feel connected to Jim, knowing that this life is the testing ground, that we will see our Helen again.

Although we do not connect often, we connect often enough to stay in each other’s lives in order to celebrate change, to grieve over losses, and to accept the things that never change. 

It is all good.

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Bottled Peaches and Cherries

One of my favorite memories is my grandmother’s cellar. It was a little out building. I do not remember how many steps down into the ground there were but I remember the walls being lined with shelves of home bottled fruits and vegetables and jams and jellies. My favorites were my grandmother’s peaches and cherries. 

In 1982, Henry B. Eyring gave a wonderful talk about Giving with Joy. He shares a tender experience with bottled cherries, a gift from his Aunt and Uncle. 

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Learn more about Henry B. Eyring.

Every time I eat canned peaches or cherries, I think of my grandmother and I think of the three elements in Henry B. Eyring’s theory about being “an expert gift-giver”:

  1. What matters in giving is what the receiver feels.
  2. The gift is free.
  3. There is an element of sacrifice.

I want to be better at giving with joy. 

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