We would all do well to “tarry a little longer” with those that we love, to talk to them, to discover their needs, and to share a testimony that would bring them comfort.
Yesterday I had the chance to go to breakfast with a friend from high school. We’d both been officers in the Student Government club and had worked together on many projects and events. It was good catching up with her. As we sat and ate, I decided to ask her about her family, something I was asking for first time since we’ve been friends. Consequently, I learned some things about her that I hadn’t known before.
As we parted ways after some small talk in the restaurant’s parking lot, I took a minute to ponder what had just happened. In the almost 10 years that we’ve known each other, I had never asked her about her family. In the 10 years that I’ve known almost all my middle- and high-school friends, I don’t think I had never asked about anyone’s family! In that moment, I realized just how little I really knew the people around me.
My brothers and sisters, we would all do well to “tarry a little longer” with those that we love, to talk to them, to discover their needs, and to share a testimony that would bring them comfort. Maybe we could slow down as we shop to meet somebody new. Perhaps we could put aside our paperwork to talk to someone we don’t know so well. Or maybe we could even pause before we start our cars to think of a person who could benefit from a visit on the way to our next errand.
It is my sure knowledge that as we do so—as we turn outside of ourselves to seek His wandering sheep—Heavenly Father will endow us with charity, the pure love of His Son, Jesus Christ. I know this, because it happened to me.
It is my prayer that we will all follow His example—the example of our Lord, our God, and our King—that we may serve His mission for the rest of our lives.