This lesson has a lot of potential. The trick will be to inspire your sisters to think big about ways they can serve others without leaving them feeling guilt-ridden if they can’t do a lot right now.
When you hear the term, “doing good to others” or the term, “service,” what people come immediately to mind and why? (Mother Teresa, Jesus, Clara Barton, abolitionists, etc.) After women have shared their answers, comment on the person that most inspires you in this category and why. Personally, I’d go with Mother Teresa. Make the point that these people serve in different ways, different capacities, different areas. Doing good to others is broad, and there are many ways to go about it, large and small.)
TEACHINGS FROM LORENZO SNOW
Be Friends To the World:
“To do unto others as we would have others do unto us.” This is according to the law and the prophets. [See Matthew 7:12.] These are principles we should and must learn. … We should be friends everywhere and to everybody. There is no Latter-day Saint that hates the world: but we are friends to the world, we are obliged to be, so far as they are concerned. We must learn to extend our charity and labor in the interests of all mankind. This is the mission of the Latter-day Saints—not simply confine it to ourselves, but to spread it abroad, as it of necessity must be extended to all mankind.”
I really liked this quote. I love the phrases, “we are friends to the world” and “we should be friends everywhere and to everybody.” There’s an expansiveness in Snow’s words and tone, and I appreciate the fact that he is emphasizing connections between all humanity. How does this notion that we are friends to the world jive with other commonly touted Mormon phrases, like “Be in the world but not of the world.” Is there a discrepancy between Snow’s attitude and that common phrase about not being of the world? How do we reconcile these two positions — being friends to the world but not of the world?
Everything Seems Illuminated When we Help Others:
“We should have before us a strong desire to do good to others.