While I feel that some of what I am doing with this rough little blog and my Website (JeffLindsay.com) has value for others (from my biased LDS perspective, of course), on one recent afternoon it all seemed rather trivial after a brief visit to a woman in the area who hadn’t had contact with the Church for a while. Some may have thought that she didn’t want contact, and her unavailability in the past might have discouraged some from visiting her, but she was quite happy to schedule an appointment and be visited. The timing was right, that’s for sure. She was so in need of a visit, so in need of some simple ministering, so grateful to meet and talk and share her worries, that I walked away feeling that I could not possibly have done anything better with my time that Sunday afternoon. Both my son and I were uplifted and strengthened by the visit, as was she. It was a rather random visit, just a little something extra, but it helped make my day feel worthwhile. In comparison, a lot of other things I do seem pretty unimportant.
In pondering this, I realized that no matter who we are and how much we have going on, we must not overlook the call to get out of our shells and visit others. Home teaching and visiting teaching are such inspired programs, as are the other opportunities the Church provides for ministering to others, especially full-time missionary service. Some of my strongest and most testimony-strengthening experiences have come through attempting to minister to others by simply visiting them and trying to help. If you are struggling with your testimony, get out there and serve. Fulfill your calling, seek to minister to others, pray for their welfare and follow what the Spirit suggests to you, get out and do something – and quit wasting so much time on the Internet. At the heart of the ancient and restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is the call to feed the Lord’s sheep, to minister to the widows and fatherless, to help the needy, to take the Gospel to others – basically, to visit other people and help them. Sometimes I just get too preoccupied with other things, but I hope I won’t forget this lesson.