Reader voices: A missed opportunity to perform a random act of kindness

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  • Kendy831 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 30, 2014 12:37 p.m.

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience. The Holy Ghost is an incredible blessing in our lives and blessings come to us and to others when we listen and follow the promptings. I appreciate you sharing how not heeding in this instance impacted your life. I will be more aware and more quick to follow in the future.

  • Firefly123 Mapleton, UT
    June 30, 2014 10:46 a.m.

    We are not affluent, but live in a large corner mortgaged-to-the-max home, the first in a nice neighborhood because we left an another state, and were able to get this house for half of what we would have paid there. We had many children who had been so crowded, and really enjoyed the space Utah brought us. I say this as an intro, because of what The Big Somoan said.

    Turns out we are a magnet for beggars. I've seen vans full of salespeople from other states pull up and dump their people out, always scrubbing my door to show how their cleaner works, and talking about how they need the money for college. Well, I've got six kids still trying to get into college or pay down hundreds of thousands in student loans. Even at Halloween, people drive big SUV's from six cities away to dump their kids here because it has gotten around that one man on our street gives out full-size chocolate bars.

    SOME begging is a BUSINESS. Follow promptings, but feel NO guilt, and volunteer for humanitarian projects instead. The Church does it right. I give to them.

  • Pablito South Jordan, UT
    June 30, 2014 8:25 a.m.

    Many times I've had the opportunity to help others and I'd have to say that I do more times than not. Just Saturday was one of those opportunities with helping a man get his large purchase into his vehicle. I've been helped and have helped others. While serving my LDS mission in California, my companion and I were grocery shopping and asked some woman about the ingredients in a dish we wanted to make. We made her laugh and moved on. While buying our groceries, she told the cashier she wanted to pay for our groceries. We waited by the door to thank her and offered her our message. She declined and we went our separate ways. I think of that often when buying my own groceries and if that opportunity arises, I'll probably do it. We are here to help each other and shouldn't turn down an opportunity to do so.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    June 29, 2014 4:40 p.m.

    God is so good. He gave us the Holy Ghost to prompt us to do good where we are or where we stand. If you miss a prompting or are slow to catch on, don't worry they won't stop helping you with promptings because they do want to bless you every time you do good. Just listen closer because sometimes you save a life by heeding a prompting. I know because I did.

  • Dale CA Sunnyvale, CA
    June 29, 2014 3:16 p.m.

    Mosiah 4:16-18

  • Sore loser tampa, fl
    June 29, 2014 11:27 a.m.

    Yes once I was waiting for an older lady who came up short a few dollars to buy her food at the cashier. She walked away without her food. Alls I had to do was buy it for her, but I wasn't thinking.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    June 29, 2014 8:53 a.m.

    It was just last night, about 11pm, that a stranger in crutches knocked on our door asking for help. I immediately recognized her as the same woman who came by a few times before begging for money or asked for a ride. I often wondered when do you stop being kind and know you're about to be conned again. She doesn't live anywhere close to our neighborhood and I wondered how on earth did she get here with crutches. We live very close to a busy road and our house is a magnet for strangers who for some reason are drawn to our door begging for money or some other reason of which we have always given. Sometimes we felt good and others we felt like we have been taken advantage of. Sometimes I think that perhaps because we have always been kind that somehow the word has gone out and more strangers are knocking on our door even at weird hours of the night. This morning I woke up wondering if I did the right thing, so I said a prayer asking for forgiveness if I didn't. It's the first time I turned someone away.

  • oddman ,
    June 29, 2014 8:04 a.m.

    Wow! This reminds me how overloaded I am personally with blessings and how I often exercise selfishness as opportunities to comfort or help present themselves. These gentle reminders are welcome and thank you. I will do better.

  • Brother Benjamin Franklin Orem, UT
    June 29, 2014 5:15 a.m.

    My heart goes out to this dear woman who experienced this tragic death, but in my humble opinion I think the writer needs to stop being so hard on themselves.

    Sure, they missed a prompting, but don't we all? Don't we all have regrets and things we wish we'd done and followed?

    And does our loving Savior want us to waste our precious time and energy focusing on those things instead of learning from them and going forward, which clearly occurred here?

    Let's stop being so hard on ourselves. We live in a world that's already hard enough of everything of good report and praiseworthy. We don't need to add to it.