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I had dinner with a dear friend the other night. She and I worked together as teacher aids in a special education classroom years ago. While work associates, we were both divorced. Well do we remember the days of standing in the rain on the playground, monitoring our students at play, as we talked about what was ahead for us. Neither of us had a plan for being single; neither of us had a clue what was ahead.

But now, more than ten years have passed since that time. She went on to obtain her master's degree in social work and currently works in the county jail. And we thought our special needs kids were a challenge!

But as we sat at dinner the other night, she described her feelings for the inmates she serves.

"I try to remember that God loves each of them and wants them to return to Him. It makes me want to treat them in such a way that they can see His love shining through me. And it's not that I want to be a hero, I really just want to disappear and have them see the Lord and His love for them."

I was touched, deeply, by her words. The next morning as I read the scriptures and a conference talk from the May 2010 Ensign, I read these words from President Uchtdorf:

"As we extend our hands and hearts toward others in Christlike love, something wonderful happens to us. Our own spirits become healed, more refined, and stronger. We become happier, more peaceful, and more receptive to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit."

What beautiful words of truth. As my friend serves the inmates in the county jail with this kind of special devotion, let us serve one another.

Especially as we face the realities of divorce. Interacting with former spouses, their family members, and even our own friends and family who may or may not understand what is happening in our life, let's reach out to them with civility and kindness.

As we interact with others, let the Lord shine through us!

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Divorced and full of fret and regret, I found my 'Reason for Living' on the internet. Now, my life is lots of fun, married in Portland, Oregon.

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