When I was a teenager, I lived next to an elderly lady. She was very frail and fragile and lived in a big house all alone. She was in need of a lot of help. A couple neighborhood boys and I did a lot of things for her. We would rake leaves, shovel snow, or go to the grocery store. It was never for money. We helped her because we could, because we liked her. We were her helpers, or her hands so to speak. We realized it made her life a lot easier.

Similarly, I recently witnessed the destruction of homes in the Coshocton area due to flooding. The devastation the owners felt seemed too much to bear. I was amazed by seeing the numerous people willing to come forth and lend a helping hand in the cleanup.

These acts of selfless service no doubt makes our Father in Heaven very grateful. He has millions of children on this earth that need help on a daily basis. He doesn’t have the physical hands to come and do it Himself. Therefore, He needs willing servants to step forth to care for those in need.

We are all going through life trying to face our trials and endure to the end. Upon facing those trials, we feel stress. Heavenly Father doesn’t want his children to be stressed. He wants us to be happy. We can help each other to fulfill the goal of returning to Him by helping each other. By doing so, we can make those we serve happier, and in return feeling happier ourselves. In the end it makes both of our journeys a little easier.

It’s not just about doing physical things like painting a house or shoveling a walk. It’s about being a friend, showing love, and caring about your fellow man. Whether that means taking out their trash, delivering food, or just lending an ear when they need to unburden themselves.

Jesus Christ was the greatest example of this teaching. During His ministry He constantly served those in need, blessing their lives and bringing much love. He then taught us to "love one another as I have loved you."

Let us be the instruments that our Heavenly Father needs us to be. As we serve others our souls will be filled with the love of Christ. We will have fuller hearts and more compassion. Together we’ll become closer to our Heavenly Father and will make the world a much better place.