The Relief Society lesson was on service opportunities in the community. They brought in a guest speaker, from a local nonprofit called the Kenneth Young Center, who talked to the sisters about various ways to make a difference. When the lesson was over, they thanked their guest, and the sisters went about their merry ways. Surely they were too burdened with keeping the home fires burning, with their church responsibilities, and for many their jobs, to give the lesson a second thought.
With one exception. My wife Sandy, on her own, after that lesson volunteered with the Kenneth Young Center. She began driving a meals-on-wheels type route every Friday, delivering meals to seniors.
That lesson was given in 1992. Not a soul even remembers the lesson. It was given in a ward that no longer even exists. And yet Sandy has been delivering meals to seniors as a result of that lesson for 20 freakin’ years! Today they gave her a nice crystal paperweight marking her anniversary. Her supervisor told her if all of her volunteers were as dependable as her, her job would be easy.
As a people we like to give a lot of lip service to working in the community, but we tend to suck at actually following through on the rhetoric. And trust me, I understand, most of us really are very busy and burdened with other responsibilities. But I don’t mind bursting a button or two for my wife’s committed service, inspired by a church lesson from long ago and now all but forgotten.