Sunday, March 14, 2010

Who's Going to Heaven

Well, I don't have a complete list. But every once in a while, Mark and I look at someone and think, "if she's not going, I don't know what the point would be."

The woman in our ward in Logan who prayed every morning to find someone she could help, and who it appears received ample answers to her prayers. She seemed to know exactly what people needed, and she jumped right in to deliver it.

This woman from our ward in Mesa, Arizona, was not flashy or impressive in any typical sense. She was plain, her house was plain, her life was simple. But everything she did was imbued with clarity, focus, and discipleship. It wasn't that she did more than the average woman; it was that she burned off every extraneous thing and left just the righteous essentials.

This friend babysat neighborhood kids to pad her strapped budget. What makes her special is the way she made each child feel like the most wonderful, special thing on earth. They'd walk in her door and practically fall to the floor like puppies, drooling and rolling on their backs from the ecstasy of her affection. And she wasn't kidding. She really did love each one, just as Christ would have done.

For years this woman drove packs of youth to the temple in the wee hours of the morning and brought them home in time to change for school. Now she makes a point of ordering pizzas on mutual night, luring young men in the neighborhood to her home so as to more easily transition them into going to church youth activities with her sons. As a witness to what teenage boys can do to pizzas (not to mention the kitchens they eat them in), I can testify that this is no small sacrifice. Though I doubt this woman sees it as a sacrifice at all.

Mrs. D.
This is a teacher at the kids' school. On its own, teaching second grade for decades just about gets you a ticket through the pearly gates. But this woman attends her students' soccer games, activities, and baptism ceremonies. Can you believe that? She finds out which kids are doing what, and then shows up to say hello and show support. And she works at the temple.

The scriptures say the way to heaven is "strait and narrow" with but one "gate." Though different in background, profession, and lifestyle, these women share a habit of reaching out to others to show love and assistance. Why so often do we let protocol or shyness or whatever stop us from loving and serving others?


  1. Loved this post! I'm going to start my own list. Thanks for reminding me how many wonderful people there are in our lives.

  2. This is an inspiring list--I know some people like this. I would add this one:

    AAM--this woman has five children but is always on the lookout to bring in another. She welcomes stray families into her home at any given time and has dedicated her life to helping people learn and grow with love and patience.

  3. I second Flem's nomination.

    It is a great practice to think back on the people who have impressed you with their kindness, Spirit, or service and then try to emulate them.

  4. I think this list belongs in the Ensign. Pres. Monson would base an entire speech on any one of these stories.