“Surely the thing God enjoys most about being God is the thrill of being merciful, especially to those who don’t expect it and often feel they don’t deserve it.”

Have you ever heard the parable of the long spoons? A man visited Hell and was surprised by what he found.

Men and women were sitting at a table of delicious food. They were holding long spoons in their hands, but their arms were tied to their sides, so they couldn’t bring the food to their mouths.

There they stayed, tortured and starving as they smelled and looked at delicious food that they could not eat.

He was surprised even further when he went to Heaven. Yet again, there was a table full of food and people whose arms were tied to their sides. But these people were using the long spoons to feed each other.

Each of us will go through trials. We don’t choose our circumstances, but we do chose our reactions. Will we turn inward, or outward and upward? Only one way leaves you full.

Christ has suffered for all “that they might not suffer if they repent.” We don’t need to suffer eternal punishment. His “spoon” of mercy is extended to all who simply reach out to Him.

As Elder Maxwell stated, “We will end up either choosing Christ’s manner of living or His manner of suffering! It is either ‘suffer even as I’ (D&C 19:16–17), or overcome ‘even as [He] … overcame (Revelation 3:21)”

Choose to look out.
Choose to look up.
Extend your spoon, and wait to be fed.

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