Monday, April 21, 2008

What I'm Thinkin' About This Monday Morning

I read this awhile back and then heard it again last night. It is a story related by Bonnie D. Parkin, former general Relief Society President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints.

"My daughter-in-law’s mother, Susan, was a wonderful seamstress. President Kimball lived in their ward. One Sunday, Susan noticed that he had a new suit. Her father had recently returned from a trip to New York and had brought her some exquisite silk fabric. Susan thought that fabric would make a handsome tie to go with President Kimball’s new suit. So on Monday she made the tie. She wrapped it in tissue paper and walked up the block to President Kimball’s home.
On her way to the front door, she suddenly stopped and thought, “Who am I to make a tie for the prophet? He probably has plenty of them.” Deciding she had made a mistake, she turned to leave.
Just then Sister Kimball opened the front door and said, “Oh, Susan!”
Stumbling all over herself, Susan said, “I saw President Kimball in his new suit on Sunday. Dad just brought me some silk from New York . . . and so I made him a tie.”
Before Susan could continue, Sister Kimball stopped her, took hold of her shoulders, and said: “Susan, never suppress a generous thought.”
Susan didn’t have an assignment to make that tie. She wasn’t hired to do so. Despite feeling a bit hesitant, she did it because it felt right. Susan had a quiet sense of mission to serve others. I was also the beneficiary of such service. Her service went beyond any calling because it lasted throughout her life. Never suppressing a generous thought became a part of her personal ministry."

"Never suppress a generous thought."

5 comments:

Spin said...

a great reminder not to let those thoughts for others just pass

Alice Wills Gold said...

I was busy all last week not suppressing...do you think I can catch up on my blog this week? he he

I love this story...never heard it before..thanks for the great share..it is always good to have something keep you on the right spiritual track starting on Mon.

Stacey said...

Beautiful story! We just kicked off this service challenge in our ward. I created a blog to keep us all motivated and focused. With your blessing, I may steal this story and put it on the weekly thought area.

Suzie said...

I overthink sometimes, and talk myself out of doing things for others for the sake of comfort.

what a great reminder and good story to do so with.

Mari said...

That is such a great story. I know I have suppressed those thoughts thinking that I would just be in the way. I don't think I have ever regretted taking the opportunity to serve and be generous though. Thank you for that reminder!