19 For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?
20 And behold, even at this time, ye have been calling on his name, and begging for a remission of your sins. And has he suffered that ye have begged in vain? Nay; he has poured out his Spirit upon you, and has caused that your hearts should be filled with joy, and has caused that your mouths should be stopped that ye could not find utterance, so exceedingly great was your joy.
21 And now, if God, who has created you, on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right, in faith, believing that ye shall receive, O then, how ye ought to impart of the substance that ye have one to another.
A couple of months ago, I was in New York City walking from the Manhattan Temple to my hotel. As I walked, I felt some change jangling in my pocket from a cash purchase I had made earlier that day. I said a silent prayer: “Heavenly Father, help me to put this change to good use.” Immediately, a man approached me and asked if I had any spare change. It was such a clear answer to my prayer that I was stunned. I just reached in my pocket and handed him the money that I had just prayed for the chance to use wisely.
As King Benjamin reminds us in the passage above, we are all beggars. None of us has complete control over our lives. We can’t claim total credit for our successes and we can’t take all the blame for our failures. The factors beyond our control far exceed the factors within our control.
Furthermore, as we progress in life, we discover that worldly rewards, including money, fame, and positions of authority, simply can’t deliver true peace and happiness. Only God can give us those, and so we all find ourselves in the position of beggars, humbly asking God to heal us and to give us blessings which we desperately need but cannot earn.
In the words of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland:
Don’t we all cry out for help and hope and answers to prayers? Don’t we all beg for forgiveness for mistakes we have made and troubles we have caused? Don’t we all implore that grace will compensate for our weaknesses, that mercy will triumph over justice at least in our case? Little wonder that King Benjamin says we obtain a remission of our sins by pleading to God, who compassionately responds, but we retain a remission of our sins by compassionately responding to the poor who plead to us (“Are We Not All Beggars?” General Conference, October 2014).
Today, I will remember that God loves all of His children and wants us all to receive the help we need. When other people need my help, whether they be strangers, friends, coworkers, or family members, I will be generous. I will give them the help they need, remembering that my Father in Heaven is quick to answer my pleas for the help that only He can give.