Proper attitude helps one find God through service to others

"Though He, Jesus, were a Son busily engaged in His Father's business, He was never too busy to assist a troubled mother, a sick man, a friend, a little child," said Elder Marvin J. Ashton of the Quorum of the Twelve at the October 1974 general conference.

"These attitudes, these services were but outward evidence of inward greatness. As we too learn to serve as did He, we learn to live abundantly. A proper attitude helps us find God through service to His children.

"Nazareth was little and looked down upon. It bore the brunt of ridicule. It had not been the scene of historic achievement. It had produced no winners: 'Can any good come out of Nazareth?' (See John 1:46.) His attitude, His works, His life had lifted the little village out of obscurity. 'Jesus of Nazareth' the world later called Him, bringing honor to a once-despised town.

"Once rejected by His own, the will, the way, and the work would yet identify Him as King of kings and Lord of lords. He experienced scorn, ridicule, and abuse, but victory and triumph were His because he was busily engaged in good works. To those who would destroy, defeat, discourage, He taught truth shall triumph. To those who would desecrate His temples, He fearlessly declared, 'It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.' (Matt. 21:13.) His words and actions in this circumstance were yet but another evidence of character, conviction, courage, and proper attitude."