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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Blog Tour: One Drop at a Time by M. Russell Ballard


Do you sometimes wonder if your little efforts could possibly make any difference at all? Consider a simple example from nature.

Honey is “one of the foods that includes all the substances— enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water—necessary to sustain life,” writes Elder M. Russell Ballard. And yet, “Over its short lifetime of just a few weeks to four months, a single honeybee’s contribution of honey to its hive is a mere one-twelfth of one teaspoon. Though seemingly insignificant when compared to the total, each bee’s one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey is vital to the life of the hive.”

Your simple, daily acts of service matter, and this charmingly illustrated little book will lift your heart as it demonstrates the power of many righteous people working together to fill the world, one drop at a time, with the sweet truths of the gospel.


Review

One Drop at a Time is adapted from Elder M. Russell Ballard's talk "Be Anxiously Engaged" given at the October 2012 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I particularly enjoyed that talk, and was excited to see what was done with One Drop at a Time.

The message Elder Ballard shares is one that we all need to take to heart. At times many of us feel that what we are doing doesn't make a difference. But, as explained by the honey bee example, our efforts are vital!

"Your simple, daily acts of service may not seem like much in and of themselves, but when considered collectively they become just like the one-twelfth teaspoon of honey contributed by a single bee to the hive."

Not only does One Drop at a Time have a great message, but the accompanying photos and illustrations make for a beautiful book that would be a perfect gift. 

About the Author

Elder M. Russell Ballard was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in October 1985. Prior to that, he served in the first Quorum of the Seventy and in the presidency of that quorum. A successful businessman, he has engaged in various enterprises, including automotive, real estate, and investments. He has also served as a bishop twice and as president of the Canada Toronto Mission. Elder Ballard and his wife, Barbara Bowen Ballard, are the parents of seven children and grandparents of forty-three.

*I received a copy of One Drop at a Time in exchange for a review.