The Sick and the Afflicted – Mormon 8:37-39

37 For behold, ye do love money, and your substance, and your fine apparel, and the adorning of your churches, more than ye love the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted.
38 O ye pollutions, ye hypocrites, ye teachers, who sell yourselves for that which will canker, why have ye polluted the holy church of God? Why are ye ashamed to take upon you the name of Christ? Why do ye not think that greater is the value of an endless happiness than that misery which never dies—because of the praise of the world?
39 Why do ye adorn yourselves with that which hath no life, and yet suffer the hungry, and the needy, and the naked, and the sick and the afflicted to pass by you, and notice them not?

Near the end of the Book of Mormon, after Mormon has completed his writings, his son Moroni provides some words of counsel directly to us. He tells us that he has seen our day and knows about the world we live in: “Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing” (Mormon 8:35). Then, he gives us a warning. The passage above is part of that warning.
He asks us why we love our own possessions more than we love the sick and the afflicted. We know that the Savior healed the sick, and yet we who have supposedly taken upon ourselves His name can fill our lives with so much busyness that we have no time to do what He would do if He were here. 
This week, I will strive to follow the example of the Savior by making time to visit the sick and the afflicted. I will start by paying attention: as Moroni says at the end of verse 39, the first problem is that we can be so wrapped up in ourselves that we “notice them not.” As I become more aware of the needs of others, I will pray to know how I can serve them and help them, and I will act on the promptings I receive.

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