Love your neighbor as yourself

broom and bucket

This happened on my way to go to church for early morning service during  the feasts of God. The church alley was filled with a putrid smell. The smell was caused by food waste. The food waste was scattered all over the street which had been dropped there when a garbage truck passed by. After the early morning service, there was someone cleaning up the food waste in the church alley with his back bent over.

The person who cleaning up the food waste with a broom and bucket was a brother, advanced in age in my Zion. He most likely lived close to the church probably brought the cleaning equipment from his own house as soon as the early morning service was over. It might have taken some time to clean up the waste which was scattered all over the street. I recommended him to take a break and told him that a garbage truck would clean it up. Then he said, ‘This alley, which our members walk through, belongs to our town anyway, so I have to clean it so I won’t feel disgusted. I want to help the gospel in this way in spite of lacking in ability. The brother who cleaned the alley with a bright smile resembled Heavenly Mother who set an example at the forefront whenever volunteer work took place. On the other hand, I was ashamed of myself who frowned at the putrid smell.

I always learn a lesson from the teaching of Christ who said ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’, but I might have fallen short of the effort which is to put into action. I wish to live by doing good for the benefit of others than my own following after Heavenly Mother. Also, I wish to diligently preach the Gospel which is the most beautiful love and good deed.

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