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We All Need a Friend

Last week I was talking with some ladies in my ward who had recently started coming back to church after being inactive.  I asked both of them what made them decide to come back to church.  It was interesting to hear their stories.  The one lady told me that the first few times she came back to church, the ladies in Relief Society would move away from her because she smelled like smoke.  After 3 weeks of everyone moving away from her, she decided she would not be going back to church.  A very sad story.  She has since moved into my ward and said that it was so nice to walk into Relief Society and be loved and accepted.

The other lady told me why she had decided to come back to church and she said that she was scared to go to Relief Society the first time not knowing how she'd be accepted.  She said she was so relieved when the sister at the door greeted her so warmly and everyone was so nice and friendly.

I have another friend that is very active in the church.  She was very sick when she was pregnant with her first child.  She wasn't able to attend church for several months.  During the time she was sick, she did not have one person from the ward contact her to see why she wasn't coming to church or what was wrong.  Her visiting teachers never stopped by.  She figured because she had a strong testimony that no one was really concerned about her.  She said it really made her feel bad.

The thing I've come to realize in the church is that we all need a friend.  Whether we're headed straight to the celestial kingdom or we're stuggling with our testimony, we all need a friend in the church.  We need someone to care whether we're at church or we're not.  We need someone to sit by.  Someone to give us a smile.  Someone who cares.  We can't make it by ourselves.

So if you notice someone who isn't at church for a few weeks, give them a call and let them know that you've missed seeing them.  Let them know that you care.

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4 Comments about "We All Need a Friend"

said this on 03 Jun 2008 9:50:45 AM CDT
Yes. One of the blessings of the church is that in addition to learning the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we have a support group of friends who look out for us. I often refer to the members of our ward as my ward family. As a group, they are in many ways as close as family because we love and care for each other, and because we share such deep feelings about our savior, Jesus Christ.

Bill Willson
said this on 06 Sep 2009 3:02:52 PM CDT
Hi Spencer,
I agree with the ward family concept, in fact we can take it one step further, if you will. The world wide church family. Think about it. We can be a stranger in almost any part of the world and if we need help or just need a friend, we can simply pick up a phone book and look up The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, call anyone listed there, introduce ourselves and explain the need and "Viola" problem solved, friendship or help found.
I share your love for the church and I know this church, the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints is the true and living church of God and His Son on the earth today.

said this on 18 Sep 2009 11:16:57 PM CDT
Bill - Thank you for your comment. We have never met, but I feel a closeness to you because of our shared testimony of the truth. The Apostle Paul shared this feeling with us and with all members of the church worldwide in these words, "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God" (Ephesians 2:19)

Question: Do you have any suggestions for new members of the church, or members who have recently moved into a new ward , that could help them to feel this sweet fellowship with their new ward family?

Bill Willson
said this on 19 Sep 2009 1:24:00 PM CDT
Yes! Keep your eyes on the windows and away from the mirror. Stick your hand out to every face that is not familiar and be sure to smile. Make yourself available to help as much as possible, and if you need something, don't be shy about asking. These last two are the most difficult, and most of us fail when it comes to volunteering or asking to or for help.

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