The same way that Lizzy’s mom slowly helped her find her way back to the Savior, each of us can extend a hand of charity to rescue those who are lost.
A few years ago, my friend Elizabeth decided she didn’t want anything else to do with the gospel. She was seventeen years old.
Although Lizzy’s parents made her continue to go to church, she checked out mentally. She made new friends with people who did drugs, started to use foul language, and changed her way of dress. She even decided she couldn’t trust her parents, so she distanced herself from her family the most that she could.
After a few months of this, spring came around. As was their tradition, Lizzy’s parents assembled Easter baskets for each of their children and filled them with chocolates and little gifts.
On Easter morning, Lizzy looked into her basket and noticed a little box from her mother. She hadn’t had a real talk with her mom in months. Her mother, like an angel, had done everything she could to “correct” her daughter’s wayward path, but it was no use.
However, Lizzy felt that today, there was something different about her mom’s present. She took the box from the pile and opened it up.
Inside was a bottle of black nail polish.
Instantly, she felt a flood of emotion. The mother who, for seventeen years, had nursed her when she was sick, comforted her when she was lonely, and talked to her when she was distraught, had once again offered her a gift from her heart in a supreme act of humility. Her mom knew that there was nothing inherently wrong with black nail polish. And she knew that it would make her daughter happy.
“If ye… know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (3 Nephi 14:11)
Like Lizzy’s mother, who found it in the depths of her soul to give a gift that would touch her daughter’s heart, our Father in Heaven sacrificed his greatest possession to give us everlasting life: he sacrificed his Son.
Because of Him, may we remember this holiday season that the greatest gift we can offer our brothers and sisters is love. The same way that Lizzy’s mom slowly helped her find her way back to the Savior, each of us can extend a hand of charity to rescue those who are lost.
The Good Shepherd admonished us to never turn our backs to anyone, in hopes that one day, “they will return and repent, and come unto me with full purpose of heart, and I shall heal them.” (3 Nephi 18:32)
It behooves each of us, then, to grow in charity, so that we will be ready when the opportunities for small acts of selflessness come.
Indeed, “charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.” (Moroni 7:47)