I felt like the lowest of the low when it came to employment. I was a custodian scrubbing toilets, wiping down sinks, cleaning mirrors, sweeping, and vacuuming.
I still remember thinking to myself what a despicable job. A job only a poor college kid like me would take. But one day while wiping the fingerprint smudges off the windows at the entrance of the Manwaring Center at Brigham Young University-Idaho a familiar face walked by.
Henry J. Eyring, son of 1st counsellor Henry B. Eyring, was my stake president who I had seen walking around campus but had never talked to. What he said changed my attitude and really took me by surprise.
While I was wiping windows Eyring made eye contact with me, smiled, and said “thank you for doing this work.” And it wasn’t even a one time experience. For the months I worked that position I crossed paths with him a few times and he continued to thank me for my work. That appreciation, especially from someone who I thought didn’t even notice people like me really made me rethink how I saw myself and how I see my leaders as untouchable and more than human, almost.
I learned that no matter what type of work you do, no matter what type of pay you receive and no matter how little you may feel because of your current situation just know that people high up and common people love you, pray for you, and appreciate your hard work and sacrifice. No matter what you do, do it with all your heart.
I try to act the same when I see people working minimum wage jobs or places where they may not feel the most fulfilled such as fast food, grocery stores, and public servants such as postal workers, teachers, and police officers.
What he said that day in Idaho really changed my outlook and I pray we remember we are all sons and daughters of the God of the universe.