This week we have been working with others as usual, but as we reflect over the past days, we have taught a lot of new ideas to members. Some of the things are church related and others are just common sense—things that many of us learned in our youth. These thoughts are part of our being, and we take many of them for granted. But for others, these are new and exciting concepts that will change their way of life.
Some of the ideas are simple—like take your pain medication only as directed or you'll run out of pills before the doctor will give you more.
When shopping for hamburger (or any product) in the grocery store, check out the price per pound and choose the least expensive. That usually means buy a larger bulk package of meat, not the prepared patties.
When choosing chips, get the larger package because it's cheaper than the individual sized containers.
The young Elders teach the concept of tithing, but then there is the legitimate question of how exactly to pay it.
1. Get a tithing envelope and slip from the holder outside the Bishop's office.
2. Fill out the slip with your name, the date, your ward and the amount.
3. Tear off the top white paper and put it in the envelope with your money.
4. Keep the yellow copy for your records.
5. Seal the envelope and hand it to the Bishop. (He's the one with the red tie, sitting on the stand.)
A Four Generation Sheet? What is that? Good question.
This is an outline to begin keeping family records.
1. Fill in as much information as you know.
2. Check your family records.
3. Use Family Search at lds.org to find more information.
4. Learn how to prepare these family names for the temple.
It's gratifying to help those around us gain this new knowledge and apply it in their lives. It's amazing how many basic ideas we get from growing up in the church and our society that other people have no idea about.
Are we making a difference? Who knows. Maybe with the younger ones, rather than the older ones.
Hopefully some of this information will stick and these Saints will have better lives than they did before. Only time and the help of the Lord will tell.