General Conference Book Club Week 9:
“Helping Hands, Saving Hands” by Elder Koichi Aoyagi
President Monson has encouraged all of us to reach out to others and serve more. He has invited us to ask ourselves often, “Have I done any good in the world today?” In this General Conference talk, Elder Aoyagi revisits this theme and exhorts us to follow our prophet’s challenge:
“May we follow the counsel and example of the prophet and each day seek out those in need, that we might be the hands of the Lord in helping and saving His children.“
This talk is brief and full of personal experiences where he and his loved ones were saved by selfless others. What are some of your own experiences where another person’s service or love have rescued you? What about this talk is meaningful to you?
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4 thoughts on “GCBC Week 9: Helping Hands, Saving Hands”
I loved the little reminder that “We are the Lord’s hands on the earth…He is dependent on each of us.” I better get out and start serving!
At a recent Stake Conference, the visiting general authority taught that we overcome sin differently than we overcome adversity. The first step is still FAITH, but, with adversity, the next step is not repentance, it is SERVICE. I thought that was a really cool concept. Still something we must DO, and helps us to deal with our trials more selflessly.
Yes this talk was about serving and helping others, but the first few paragraphs touched my heart. As he talked about being a young convert, it reminded me of my life and the struggles we all can face. I love this reminder that if we do get lost, there is a way back, we just have to work out of it.
I have felt this way lately, and as I gave my testimony today, “my heart burned, my body shook, and I was filled with joy” just as he mentioned.
It is amazing how one talk from General Conference can give so many meanings to the same words. I am so thankful for my trials and the guidance we recieve from the inspired messages from the lord through these faithful servants of the Lord.
What a powerful testimony Elder Aoyagi has. Such a wonderful example of the power of service.