Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Called to Serve

Jesus Christ taught that to serve Him is to serve others:

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matt 25:40)

Today I have been thinking about that when the Missionaries came and gave me a helping hand on my garden plot. Being a professional gardener I haven´t had to much time for my own plot. And the wether has been strange and cold. Early this morning some snow came down and the ground on my plot was pretty soggy but we got there midday the conditions for working were infinitely better. Partly sunny and not to hot to do the digging work and my missionary friends had such a positive attitude helping me.

I know that The Lord will bless and help us as we creatively and compassionately serve one another and there are many ways we can do that.

One of the simplest and easiest ways to serve our Lord and others is by befriending one another and for me it was also great to chat with the missionaries about other things than the gospel when we where digging. And I gave them the opportunity to decide where to plant the sunflower seeds.

I know that when we take the time to serve, we’ll not only support others but also build a network of support for ourselves and each of us have been given talents that we can develop and use to serve Our Heavenly Father and others. Just examine your life and see what talents you have. I am good at gardening and it is my proffession but I gladly help people with their gardens for free if needed. I know something about computers but nothing when it comes to cars. Somebody else has that talent. Someone is good at cooking or carpentry. Another brother or sister has the skill of staystitching. And you can help others with your skills by praying for help to develop your talents.

One of the most important skills some of us has lost is the skill of sharing. This is particularly true if you are on the receiving end, we are still fairly good at telling other people what to do or at doing a good deed, but so many people are no longer comfortable with asking for help or to borrow something. I used to think that asking for help is a sign of weakness but now I have found pathways to letting others help me.

I was blessed by the help I got today.

"But 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)


  1. haha härligt att se att du håller Äldste Golling i arbete även när jag är borta ;)

    1. Klart det Jodef trodde du vi skulle låta honom vila här i Esbo :-)

  2. Hello Johan, your website is wonderful to read.

    I believe connecting with the land is truly a spiritual exercise in thankfulness. What better way to create a deeper meaning with life, the earth and our savior than to "work in our gardens of possibilities". I live in an arid region of the world so growing anything takes extra care and effort, however my garden is abundant in love, peace and gratitude! I live near a natural preserve, where I can walk, meditate and ponder this world of ours and question how can I make it better!

    I guess I am really saying is thank-you for lightening my heart and inspiring me to continue and appreciate our uniqueness and share our talents with others. It is truly in the sharing that our gifts are actualized.

    Best Wishes, Richard

    1. Thank you Richard.
      I truly belive that God shows us himself and his ways in the garden, and there the receptive soul will observe spiritual truths drawn straight from the soil.

      "Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof." (Matthew 13:31-32)

      All the best and good luck with your garden