Walking On Silver Dollars


“An older boy and his young companion were walking along a road which led through a field. They saw an old coat and a badly worn pair of men’s shoes by the roadside, and in the distance they saw the owner working in the field.
“The younger boy suggested that they hide the shoes, conceal themselves, and watch the perplexity on the owner’s face when he returned.
“The older boy … thought that would not be so good. He said the owner must be a very poor man. So, after talking the matter over, at his suggestion, they concluded to try another experiment. Instead of hiding the shoes, they would put a silver dollar in each one and … see what the owner did when he discovered the money. So they did that.
“Pretty soon the man returned from the field, put on his coat, slipped one foot into a shoe, felt something hard, took it out and found a silver dollar. Wonder and surprise [shone] upon his face. He looked at the dollar again and again, turned around and could see nobody, then proceeded to put on the other shoe; when to his great surprise he found another dollar. His feelings overcame him. … He knelt down and offered aloud a prayer of thanksgiving, in which he spoke of his wife being sick and helpless and his children without bread. … He fervently thanked the Lord for this bounty from unknown hands and evoked the blessing of heaven upon those who gave him this needed help.
“The boys remained [hidden] until he had gone.” They had been touched by his prayer and felt something warm within their hearts. As they left to walk down the road, one said to the other, “Don’t you have a good feeling?” (Adapted from Bryant S. Hinckley, Not by Bread Alone, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1955, p. 95.) (Gordon B. Hinckley, “Some Lessons I Learned As A Boy,” April GC, 1993)

I guess I can say, that the greatest blessing of doing good for others, no matter what faith you hold, is the wonderful feeling that permeates your soul upon so doing; leaving you enriched, enlightened, and uplifted. What I most love about being a member of my church, is the bounteous opportunities it gives to me to feel good. And I love that! Because with all the bad things that come and go out of my life, I can always count on the blessings that come from service, that I both see and do, to restore my faith in the goodness of the human soul.

Time and time again, I thank the Lord for the example of wonderful men and women I associate with on a daily basis, who strive to live like Christ, and put silver dollars in the shoes of others. Often, throughout my life, they have served me and my family, inspiring and lifting me to greater heights as I walk on their Silver Dollars of service. I will be forever grateful!

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