Saturday, February 23, 2008

"Martian Child" and Charity

"But right now, you and me, here put together entirely from atoms, sitting on this round rock with a core of liquid iron held down by this force, that so troubles you, called gravity. All the while spinning around the sun at 67,000 miles an hour and whizzing through the milky way at 600,000 miles an hour in a universe that very well may be chasing its own tail at the speed of light. And amidst all this frantic activity fully cognizant of our own imminent demise, which is a very pretty way of saying, "we all know we're gonna die," we reach out to one another. Sometimes for the sake of vanity, sometimes for reasons you're not old enough to understand yet, but a lot of the time we just reach out and expect nothing in return."
We watched Martian Child a few nights ago and really enjoyed it. It's a great family movie. One of the quotes I really liked is what you just read. I've thought a lot about that myself when I consider those who have no clue why we are here on this earth. What do they think motivates them to love and serve one another? We are taught that "the Spirit of Christ is given to every[one]," but they have no idea that that is what it is that motivates them to perform Christ like attributes.

I had my optometrist ask me the other day, "what is it that you teach in your church that motivates your youth to stick with your religion?" I tried to explain that it's because they are taught to ask God and He tells them that it is true. I tried a number of different ways to tell her we believe this is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, but it just didn't make sense to her. Nevertheless, I was grateful for her not being afraid to ask and my ability to explain it to her.

The missionaries came by and shared our ward's mission plan with us. Something that they're emphasizing is not teaching the gospel directly to your friends and neighbors, but helping us first reach out and simply befriend them. Not befriending them for the sole purpose of getting them to listen to the missionaries, but genuinely "reaching out and expecting nothing in return."

What are somethings you have done to reach out to your friends and neighbors that aren't members of the church?

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