I have started this morning’s scripture study with a personal observation that in my own life there appears to be a disconnect between my private and public life. Where in private, I enjoy daily the influence of the Spirit, yet in public interactions with others from family members to neighbors to complete strangers, I feel that I hover somewhere between average Joe to reactionary. The question on my mind and in my heart is: How do I change this outward appearance to more accurately reflect what I feel inside?
Charity is at the heart of missionary work. I think it is missing in my own life, but I know how to get it. “Pray to the Father with all the energy of heart, that you may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ.” (Moroni 7:48)
“How I pray that we as the servants of the Lord may have charity for mankind” (George Albert Smith, end of first section)