It seems like we often hear the same stories of modern-day prophets over and over until we have them all memorized.
Like how Thomas S. Monson had eighty-plus widows in his ward who he would visit every Christmas. Or how President Hinckley received a letter from his father on his mission encouraging him to “Forget yourself, and get to work.”
Other stories are not as well known, but are just as inspiring.
One of my favorite stories of all time involves the prophet Joseph Smith, and reveals his true character. He was a very giving man, always willing to sacrifice, often giving up his own bed for the floor when company need a place to stay.
Andrew J. Workman recounted a story that illustrates this giving heart that Joseph had throughout his life:
I was at Joseph’s house; he was there and several men were sitting on the fence. Joseph came out and spoke to us all. Pretty soon a man came up and said that a poor brother who lived out some distance from town had had his house burned down the night before.
Nearly all of the men said they felt sorry for the man. Joseph put his hand in his pocket, took out five dollars and said, ‘I feel sorry for this brother to the amount of five dollars; how much do you all feel sorry? ¹
When you become aware of people in need, how do you feel? Do your feelings lead you to act in the benefit of the suffering?
As a tribute to the prophet Joseph Smith, let us think of his example and be the first to lend a hand to those in need. As Joseph said:
“A man who is full of the love of God is not content with blessing his family only, but thinks about all of the people in the world, anxious to bless the whole human race.”
Who can you help today?