Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Piece of Bread

We are all familiar with the story of the feeding of the multitude with the five loaves of bread and two fishes. This story has much to teach us in these latter-days.

People came from far and wide across the entire land of Judea. There was this new teacher of the Law, and His fame of such and of his miracles had traveled through much of the region. They had sought him out to hear of his words, and perhaps to see a miracle.

After travelling and listening at the feet of the Holy One all day, the pangs of hunger, which beset all mortals was bound to happen. The Lord asked if there was any food in the midst of the multitude, but all that could be found was five barley loaves and two fishes. Imagine how upsetting that would feel for a moment.

Here you are, several hours from home, and there's only five loaves and two fishes, and you're in the rear of the multitude. There's no way you could eat today, and you have to walk back home when this is done. But you stay, because you had partaken so deeply of the Bread of Life, that you didn't want to leave Him.

He, then, blessed and broke the bread, and when the baskets get back to you, you realize that you witnessed something amazing! You and your family got enough bread to eat: you did not go hungry, like you had resigned yourself to.

You may feel, figuratively, that all you have is a torn piece of bread to give to the Savior, but with Him, that's more than enough. The amount you give is insignificant compared to the amount of your heart you give. The Savior doesn't want you to sacrifice as much as he wants you to consecrate. He wants less of your bread and more of you.

Remember that the most important bread you have any week is not a big piece, and the most important water you have is not a big sip. That small piece of bread, and the small glass of water are important because of what they represent. Jesus Christ gave His all for you.

All he asks in return is all of you, and sometimes, to help you do that, He asks for the piece of bread. As President James E Faust once said, "[T]he lad...had only five barley loaves and two small fishes to give to the cause of the Savior, but by the power of God, countless thousands have been spiritually fed." (

You never know what God will use you for, but you can rest assured, if you give yourself to Him, you will be used to further His work "to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" (Moses 1:39). And that is worth more than the cost of a piece of bread.