Friday, May 25, 2012

Bearing One Another's Burdens

In Sunday School in church we are studying the Book of Mormon. One of the topics for this week asked the question on how we can bear one another's burdens that they may be light. I am trying to be more thoughtful in my study of the Gospel so I am writing down answers to the questions in the lessons. Here are my thoughts:

This is a good can I help to actually bear the burden of another?  Are there ways I can take part or all of someone else’s burden so they don’t have to bear it?  My thoughts turn to helping mothers as that is my role and responsibility right now.  As I am pondering this thought I am realizing that there are burdens I can take on for another mother because someone has done that for me.  The first year of my son’s life was wonderful, but it was also quite challenging with a lot of adjustments.  My husband was out of town a lot for work and when he was in town he was working long hours.  Being a new mom, I felt like I just couldn’t keep up.  On one of the nights that my husband was out of town, like many other nights, it was getting late in the evening and I hadn’t eaten dinner and didn’t have plans on what to eat.  I received a phone call from a friend, who was also my visiting teacher, asking if I wanted to come over to eat.  It was past normal dinner time hours so she had questioned whether or not to call thinking I had probably already eaten.  Thankfully she followed her prompting and I was able to enjoy much needed company and much needed food.  Oh, that spaghetti was delicious.  She fed my body and she fed my spirit that night.  She literally took on that physical burden of making dinner for me so it was one less worry for me.  She also took on the burden of my loneliness while my husband was away and truly made it light.  This is one small example, but it really is the small things that make a big difference.  

Galatians 6:2: Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Mosiah 18:8: And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another's burdens, that they may be light;

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