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The Good, Good People

Rusty - June 19, 2006

There are a number of people in the Church who I call the Good People. These are not always the people I hang out with on the weekends (though some of them are), nor are they always the most intelligent or articulate (though many of them are). The Good People are those who I imagine inhabit God’s presence.

These are the people that no matter what you ask them to do, no matter how little notice you give them, no matter what is going on in their personal life, they are willing to do it, no questions asked, no complaints registered. And this isn’t solely a willingness to give a talk, rather this level of willingness to serve permeates into all aspects of their lives. I’ve found that more than anyone else, these are the people who seem to be the most forgiving, patient, grateful, humble and even happy. I’m not sure if the “giving/serving” makes them more forgiving, patient, grateful, humble and happy or if it’s vice versa, but there is a strong relationship between the characteristics.

I just want to say thank you to the Good People of this Church, you are my greatest examples.


  1. You’re welcome.

    Comment by Susan M — June 19, 2006 @ 4:53 pm

  2. Susan :)

    I call these people minutemen, mostly women, because I could call them at any time to take a meal or help clean or move.

    Every ward needs some.

    Comment by annegb — June 19, 2006 @ 6:02 pm

  3. I met one of the Good People in Las Vegas. He seems like just another cowboy from Lehi, UT. His hometeachee needed to renew his Driver’s License. The kicker was that the hometeachee had a California Driver’s License and needed to drive a few hours to get to the DMV. The Lehite took five hours of his Saturday to drive with his hometeachee to Barstow to renew the license. That’s just one of many instances of service in his life. Good People.

    Comment by WaterCat — June 19, 2006 @ 7:34 pm

  4. Susan,
    Even though I think you’re joking, I suspect you’re right :)

    You’re right, every ward needs some. And everyone needs some in their lives as examples.

    Wow, that is one Good Person!

    Comment by Rusty — June 19, 2006 @ 9:26 pm

  5. I think it is vice versa. But you are right. There are a lot of unsung heroes in the church.

    Comment by Eric — June 20, 2006 @ 12:12 pm

  6. Those are the people who raise their hands for a Priesthood assignment, when I’m wiping the dust off my shoes.

    They are examples for all of us – I’m glad we have them in our ward too.

    Comment by don — June 20, 2006 @ 8:42 pm

  7. I think the reason these “good people” don’t seek recognition is they know we are all only made good through the grace of JC. In other words, they know the glory for their strength lies elsewhere.

    Comment by antiprude — June 24, 2006 @ 1:23 pm

  8. There are definitely people like that at church, and they are amazing. But the best example of what you describe that I’ve ever seen is my parents, and they aren’t LDS.

    Comment by Susan M — June 24, 2006 @ 8:31 pm

  9. Nicely said, and well said.

    Comment by Stephen M (Ethesis) — June 25, 2006 @ 11:55 am

  10. Susan,
    You’re right about that, of course. The context of this post was within the Church and church service, but yes, the Mormon Church clearly doesn’t have a monopoly on the Good People.

    Comment by Rusty — June 26, 2006 @ 11:02 am

  11. I meet some of the qualifications you listed, but I think it’s so I can try balancing out all my vices.

    Comment by Kim Siever — January 5, 2007 @ 8:14 pm

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