This is a story about President Heber J. Grant, a great missionary and our
seventh prophet. When he was a very small boy, he showed unbelievable love
Heber shivered in the cold. He wrapped his thin, old coat around him.
It would soon be his birthday, and all he wanted was a warm coat. He knew
it would upset his mother if he asked for one. They were so poor.
Sometimes they went to bed early because there was no fuel left to keep the
house warm. Sometimes they would go to bed hungry because there was not
enough food. To earn money, Heber's mother would often sew until far into
the night, making clothes for other people.
On the day of Heber's birthday, his mother wished him a happy birthday and gave
him a beautifully wrapped present. He opened it up and inside the box was
the most beautiful coat he had ever seen. It was made from the material
his mother had from other clothes, but it was new, and warm, and clean and fit
him perfectly. Heber could hardly wait to go out into the cold and feel
its warmth. He was so happy and grateful to his mother.
A few weeks later, Heber was on an errand on an especially cold day. He
saw a boy just his size crying in the cold snow. The boy was only wearing
ragged clothes and had no shoes on. Heber knew how cold he must feel.
The boy looked longingly at Heber's coat. Heber stopped and, almost
without thinking, took the coat off and gave it to the boy.
That afternoon, Heber' mother saw him wearing his old coat. She asked him,
"What have you done with your lovely new coat?" Heber wondered for a
moment how to tell her. Then he explained, "I saw a boy and he needed it
lots worse than I did, so I gave it to him."
Heber's mother couldn't believe it. She asked, "Couldn't you have given
him your old coat?"
Heber looked up at his mother, hoping she would understand, and saw her eyes
fill with tears. He threw his arms around his mother as she answered her
own question. "Of course you couldn't, Heber" she said, "of course you
Heber had so much love in his heart that he didn't want to see anyone sad, or
cold, or hungry. Jesus was the same way. Jesus felt great love and
compassion for everyone he met. He wants us to be like him and show
compassion for all people.