Yesterday, my almost 8th grader got a text message from her National Junior Honor Society sponsor looking for volunteers to come and help the 8th grade assistant principal at the school today. I, of course, immediately responded and said that my child would be there. Why? First, because I am a horrible mom. Second, because as a NJHS member, she is expected to do service hours. Third, kids have got to stay busy or they just watch too many Netflix shows over the summer. And finally, and most importantly, because when you are in the service of others, you are only in the service of God. I firmly believe this.
Now, how does this fit into the ideal of an eternal family? Service is the glue that binds a family together. Each night at the dinner table (okay, 6/7 nights a week), we ask each other what act of service we provided for someone else during the day. Sometimes the answer is that a child loaned a pencil to someone or gave someone a sheet of paper. But, there are moments that shine. Moments, sitting there at the dinner table where my husband will share of pulling over his work truck and giving his water to a homeless man under an overpass or moments when I have taken someone a meal or someone to a medical appointment. There are even bigger and brighter moments, when one of the kids actually went out of their way to do something kind for a sibling…. make a bed, read a story, do their chore. Something. And it is these moments, that I get to realize, as the mom, that these little acts of service are the glue that holds us together.
Now, as the mom, I get to do little things each day for everyone. It’s pretty much the normal mom stuff, but it’s still service. So for all you moms out there that work your tails off at home, pack lunches, wash dishes, and load after load of laundry remember that you are not only doing your “job” as wife and mother, but you are providing a service for your family. Giving service is sometimes thankless, and I know for me, when someone actually thanks me for providing service, I will always say “no problem.” It usually isn’t a problem, but even when it was hectic to figure out, I still say “no problem.” What I need to do is remember to say “you’re welcome.” I mean “you’re welcome,” it just never comes out of my mouth that way. Anyway…. the point here to this blog post is service.
My NJHS member is excited to go and work today, but that excitement stems from hanging out with her “Bae” all day and knowing that the boy she has a crush on is going to be at the school volunteering his time too. However, service is service, and she’ll be working all the same, and getting to enjoy herself. I am proud to have kids that are happy to go work in the community and serve others, even if it’s just moving text books and stacking them up in a closet. It’s great to be a mom in these latter-days and it’s great to serve ones family and those in the community. Go and do. Be a Nephi, be an Amulek, be yourself and serve God.