The Power of Little Kindly Deeds

Unearth the transformative power of ‘little kindly deeds’ and anonymous acts of service. Inspired by the wisdom of Alma and the example of King Benjamin, this exploration shows how small acts of kindness can create significant change, assisting us and others in ascending life’s mountains.

Picture yourself embarking on a hike up a steep mountain. With each step, the journey becomes more arduous, the incline more demanding. Along the way, the unwelcome sensation of a pebble stuck to the bottom of your shoe begins to make itself known. It’s a small thing, but it nags at you, distracting you from the beauty of the path you’re on. Suddenly, a fellow hiker appears, offering you a moment’s rest and a stick to dislodge the pesky stone. This simple, almost insignificant act of kindness, changes the remainder of your journey. Freed from distraction and discomfort, your steps become lighter, the path ahead clearer.

“By small and simple things are great things brought to pass” (Alma 37:6).

That scripture, found in the Book of Mormon, encapsulates the power and potential of performing “little kindly deeds” or anonymous acts of service for others. It isn’t always grand gestures or huge efforts that make the most difference. Sometimes, it’s the small and simple acts of kindness, often unnoticed or unrecognized, that bring about great and meaningful change in the world around us.

“And let every man esteem his brother as himself, and practice virtue and holiness before me” (D&C 38:24).

In this verse from The Doctrine and Covenants, the spirit of service and love for our fellow beings shines brightly. We are encouraged to value others as we value ourselves. Integral to this is the practice of virtues such as kindness and service.

Reflect on the life of King Benjamin from the Book of Mormon. He was a king, anointed by birthright and revered by his people. Yet, he didn’t set himself above others. He served his people in various ways—leading them in times of war and peace, and also laboring with his own hands so as not to unduly burden his people (Mosiah 2:14). King Benjamin understood the essence of humble service—that great leadership often comes from small acts of service.

We too can incorporate this spirit of service into our lives. It could be as simple as offering a comforting word to a friend in distress, assisting a neighbor with their grocery bags, or sending an anonymous care package to someone who is going through a difficult time. Whether recognized or anonymous, these acts of kindness can have profound and far-reaching effects on the lives of both the giver and receiver.

As we continue on life’s journey, let us aspire to brighten the corners of our world, one act of kindness at a time. Let’s embody the spirit of the seasoned hiker, always ready to lend a helping hand, always ready to remove a pebble from a fellow traveler’s shoe. For you never know—your small act of kindness might just be the stick that helps someone else remove their pebble.

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