In relief society today, a girl shared a story that I never want to forget. We were talking about service, and this girl got up and shared a story that she remembered from when she was a girl and her mom was the relief society president. One year as a relief society they were going to help a family in need to have a good Christmas. The relief society president asked anyone who could help to serve this family by donating to bring items to her house and drop them off. One night a woman came with just one small box--full of everything she had--food, toys, and clothes. What the woman didn't know is that the Christmas surprise was for her. Even after all we have given, we can find a way to give more. This woman really inspired me. She was ready to give up everything to give another family a Christmas. She had hardly anything, and she was going to serve another.
My dad is the biggest example of how a person should be. He is the bishop of his ward back home, and works all the time to help my family survive. I love him very much. He finds time, after all he has done, to be with family. No questions asked, he will go out and serve anyone and everyone in need. He is such a wonderful person and a great example of service and faith. I miss him very much. I have always wanted to recite a scripture to him ever since I read it in seminary years ago. It states: "And then shall they say: How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings unto them, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings unto them of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion: Thy God reigneth! (3 Nephi 20:40)." I have always wanted to tell him how beautiful his feet are upon the mountaintops. It just always seemed like a weird thing to say to someone :)