The Clark Helping Hands…..Кларки протягивают руку помощи…

The Clark Helping Hands…..Кларки протягивают руку помощи.  Have you ever heard of the Mormon Helping Hands’? We have our own ‘Mormon helping Hands’ here in our little town…

Clarks Helping Hands
Clarks Helping Hands

We have friends that go ‘the second mile’ when it comes to service. One chilly October morning, we called the Clark family to ask if we could borrow their wood-splitter– we needed to get our wood split and stacked before it snowed. У нас есть друзья, всегда готовые помочь в трудную минуту, не попросив за это ничего взамен. В одно холодное октябрьское утро мы решили наколоть дров и сложить их в поленницу. Сделать это нужно было до первого снега. В то самое утро мы попросили наших друзей одолжить дровокол.

We heat our home with wood through the winter, and usually buy 2 or 3 cords of wood  each fall. This year the wood was dumped in a pile of large pieces that had to be split so they could dry and fit into the woodstove. Ron enjoys splitting the wood with a maul, but his back can’t take as much hard work as it could when he was young. That’s not to say he is old…he is just not young! Зимой мы отапливаем свой дом дровами. По обыкновению, каждой осенью мы покупаем  2-3 вязанки дров. В этот раз дрова были свалены в огромные кучи, их нужно было перебрать, чтобы они высохли и уместились в печь. Рон и сам был бы рад наколоть дров колуном, как он любил это делать прежде, в молодости. Но теперь его спина не могла переносить больше таких нагрузок. Он не стар, нет… я лишь хочу сказать, что он уже не так молод!

Our friend arrived in less than an hour- and not only had He brought the splitter, he had brought his gloves and his two gloved sons. Their oldest son, David,  is mentally disabled with the understanding of about an 8 year old child- and one of the hardest workers in town. He loves to help anyone, and many people in our area have experienced this ‘young’ man’s  service. Не прошло и часа, как наш друг был у нас. Он взял с собой дровокол и перчатки, и привёл в подмогу двоих своих сыновей. Их старший сын, Дэвид, умственно отсталый. Он воспринимает мир и ведёт себя как восьмилетний ребёнок. Несмотря на всё это, я с уверенностью скажу, что Дэвид – самый трудолюбивый житель Инкома. Он с радостью помогает каждому, этот «молодой человек» уже выручил ни один десяток жителей нашего округа.

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Their youngest son was home for the weekend from his university and had expected to sleep in on this Saturday morning. He was not too thrilled about getting up and dealing with a woodpile, but here he was- cheerful and ready to help us.  Младший сын Кларков вернулся домой на выходные, отдохнуть от учёбы в университете и выспаться, наконец, в это чудесное субботнее утро. Его явно не воодушевляла работа по заготовке лесоматериалов, но он был с нами: бодрый и готовый помочь.

Michael and Boyd feeding the log splitter

With the five of us working at the pile, we had it split and stacked in a little more than an hour. Alone it would have taken us a full day, and possibly more. Работая впятером, мы управились чуть более чем за час. В одиночку мы бы трудились над этим весь день, а может и дольше.

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And then, as we were finishing up, the mom arrived with home-baked treats to share. What can you say about neighbors like that?  We are filled with gratitude! А когда мы закончили, к нам пришла в гости мать семейства и угостила нас домашней выпечкой. Вот такие они –  наши соседи. Мы преисполнены величайшей благодарности!

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Transcript of video: “My brothers and sisters, we are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness. Be they family members, friends, acquaintances, or strangers we are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth with a mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us. How many times has your heart been touched as you have witnessed the need of another? How often have you intended to be the one to help, and yet how often has day to day living interfered, and you’ve let it for others to help.

We become so caught up in the busyness of our lives. Were we to step backward, however, and take a good look at what we’re doing, we may find that we’ve immersed ourselves in the thick of thin things. May the words of a familiar hymn penetrate our very souls and find lodgement in our hearts. Have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need? Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad? If not, I’ve failed indeed. Has anyone’s burden been lighter today because I was willing to share? Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way? When they needed my help, was I there?

That service to which all of us have been called is the service of the Lord Jesus Christ. As He enlists us to His cause, He invites us to draw close to Him. If we truly listen, we may hear that voice from far away say to us as it spoke to another well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

Have you ever experienced service from neighbors or friends- or the Mormon Helping Hands in your community? Would you give up a day off to give service to a neighbor?

 

 

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