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Alma 37:6-7

6. Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.

7. And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.

I love the phrase, “By Small and Simple Things” because to me it means that great thoughts and actions bring about wonderful blessings and feelings. 

By small and simple acts everyday bring better actions and will help you try to become better. 

Sometimes, the best moments and experiences in our lives have come from a small act that has put a smile on our face or a warmth in our heart. 

Performing Good Works in the Home

For this week’s Come Follow Me in Alma 36-38 with the focus of “Look to God and Live,” I liked that as a family we discussed ways we can look to God in the small things to live great and better lives.  

What a great discussion to have with the family about doing good works to bring about greater and happier lives. 

At times as a family we feel like we have to have grand experiences in our lives to be a “great family” or “great people” in the eyes of God.

Some of those “grand” acts are different for each family or individual. 

It could be having a wealthy life, meeting every role or expectation, doing everything perfectly, and anything that comes to mind that seems “grand” in your eye. 

I loved that as a family we shared thoughts in our minds that bring about small and simple things to help us feel better and do better. 

Doing the Small Things in Walmart

I shared with my family a small act that I had with Ryen that brought happier thoughts and better feelings. 

I’m not sure if I remember the tantrums when Ronen was two years old, but the tantrums that Ryen are having are somewhat shocking to me. Haha

I’m trying to remember she is two and can’t express as much as she would like and in the way she would like. I am struggling but working on how to be more understanding. 

We were at Walmart this afternoon getting groceries. She wanted to get out of the stroller for me to hold her while pushing the cart. 

I asked her to stay in the stroller because I would prefer her to stay in there rather than a cart that is dirty. (Yes, I don’t like shopping carts because of the germs. Haha)

She was wanting my attention by crying or whining while I was gathering groceries. I wanted to grab them, check out and get home as quickly as possible. 

Going to the stores during this Covid-19 Pandemic is not as exciting as it used to be, not that it was exciting before but it seems like it is looking back. Haha

I was trying to hurry to check things off my list and she started to scream and cry. She wanted me to hold her, grab her hand, buy candy, and many other things she wanted. 

She was melting down and I did not want to handle it at the time. 

I stopped what I was doing, looked at her and could feel the spirit prompt me to be more understanding of her. It’s not fun that she has to sit in the stroller, it’s not fun to wear a mask, it’s not fun to run errands. 

I decided to kneel down next to her in the middle of an aisle. I looked at her and asked her to give me a hug. I then asked her how she was feeling. I wanted to know what was going on in her mind. 

She was responding the best she could while tears rolled down her face with that mask covering her mouth.

I explained that I could understand. I shared how much I love her. We hugged and kissed some more. 

I then pointed to some items on the shelves. I said, “look around at all this stuff that we could buy. It’s so amazing that we can come to the store and buy all this great food.”

She then pointed to some things on the shelf that she had never seen before. We both talked for a second about dried cranberries. It was sweet and we both smiled while talking about new food that we don’t normally look at or buy.

After that moment of calming down we were able to get through shopping a little easier. 

It was such a small act and moment. That moment for Ryen and I helped us bond and understand each other a little bit better. 

It felt like such a small thing that brought a great impact to my thoughts and heart.

Small Acts

When I shared this experience with my family I told them that it’s the small and simple things that bring about great moments in our lives. Those great moments or thoughts bring about a wonderful life. A life full of blessings and love. 

When we choose to do small, but righteous acts in our daily lives we are growing closer to Heavenly Father and eternal progression. 

Those small acts can be…

-Reading scriptures or a scripture

-Saying sincere prayers

-Expressing love to a family member

-Saying hello to someone

-Holding the door open for another

-Sharing a toy or item we love

-Giving hugs and kisses

-Listening to each other

-Listening to the Holy Ghost

-Helping someone

These small acts can create a big impact. 

When trying to make an effort to do these acts when we can and as often as we can, we are becoming more like Jesus Christ. 

The Greater Impact

Of course, we want to do big acts to grow closer to Heavenly Father and follow Jesus Christ. Sometimes we have the opportunities to do those things, but day to day as we apply the small and simple things they bring a full and happier life. 

I think the small act of sitting down next to Ryen in the stroller at Walmart for a few minutes was a great impact for me. 

I could have been upset or irritated with her but I chose to be understanding and loving. I wanted to make that uncomfortable tantrum turn into an impactful moment, and it was! 

I know that some days I want grand gestures, grand experiences to help me become closer to my Father in Heaven but it’s not always the case. 

Most days, it has come when I am loving myself and who I am becoming, how I am communicating with my spouse and children, and the effort I am giving in prayer and scripture study. 

These are my small yet powerful acts that I feel more of a close to Jesus Christ and a greater and happier life I am hoping for. 

About Author

My name is Brianna Marshall. I was born in Dayton, Ohio into a Air Force family. We moved to Colorado Springs, CO when I was 5 years old and lived there till I moved off to College to Orem, Utah in 2007. I was raised into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I'm still actively practicing the same faith today. I graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelors in Communications. I was married to my husband Dom in 2010 in the San Diego Temple. Dom and I have two children, one a boy, named Ronen, and a girl, named Ryen. I have been in and out of teaching physical fitness for over 10 years. I love to run and weight lift most days of the week. I also love to do yoga at night to calm me down before bed. I have always had a love for baked goods. My mom made a great dessert every Sunday and made them upon request growing up. I have always been really well at expressing my thoughts and feelings. I love to express a lot of my spiritual feelings with friends and family. As a young girl, I worked really hard to have a great relationship with my Father in Heaven. I have felt His presence from the time I was 8 and currently still feel his love and desire for me to become closer to Him. I desire to be a missionary as well as help others understand His love for all of His children. I find that being friendly, understanding and being compassionate to everyone is the best example of His son, Jesus Christ. I strive to follow His teachings. I also stumble with all of it. I'm so grateful for the atonement and repentance when I'm in need of change of heart and a compassionate spirit. I find life to be so beautiful and I'm grateful everyday for the experiences I have. I am a wife, mother, daughter of God, writer, runner, baker, and an imperfect being striving to be the best me.

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