011R - Ronnie - Love One Another

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You know, as I understand it, the hallmark of a true Christian is the love that he has for his fellowmen.

The Savior said, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye [you] love one another…By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:34-35)

I take that to mean, at least in part, that a person is truly a Christian when they love and serve their fellowmen [he loves and serves his fellowmen], as hard as that can sometimes may be, as illustrated by this story about a 17-year-old high school senior named Ronny.

Ronny wasn’t just shy. Ronny was downright backward. He had no friends, and it showed. Wherever he went, he walked with drooped shoulders staring at his feet as though trying to hide his face. He always sat in the back and he never spoke. When he began coming to Sunday School, it astonished everyone, especially the teacher. Soon, however, it was discovered why Ronny was there. A young man in the class named Brandon Craig had befriended Ronny and persuaded him to come. It was painful for Ronny, but Brandon stuck to him like glue protecting him and helping him.

Theirs was a classic mismatch of a friendship. For all that Ronny was not, socially and emotionally, Brandon was. Brandon was the number one athlete in the school, well liked and successful at everything he did. He stood a full head taller than Ronny.

In the class, no one wanted to scare Ronny away. Even the teacher played a low profile. But then one day, to everyone’s surprise, Brian the class president, called on Ronny to pray.

Slowly, Ronny made his way to the front of the room, still looking at his shoes. While the class waited in frozen suspense, they heard a voice just above a whisper, “Our Father in Heaven, thank you for our Sunday School class.”

Then, there was silence – long, loud, uncomfortable silence, following by sniffles, and finally a muffled sob.

Opening his eyes, the teacher began to make his way to the front of the room, but Brandon got there first.

Bending his 6’ 4” frame, Brandon put his chin on Ronny’s shoulder and began to whisper the words of a short sweet prayer in Ronny’s ear. Ronny struggled to regain his composure as he repeated the words of the prayer.

When it was over, Ronny kept his head bowed and added, “Thank you for Brandon. Amen.”

Turning and looking up at his big friend, Ronny said loud enough for everyone in the room to hear, “I love you Brandon.”

“I love you too, Ronny.”

D. Brent Collette and Robert L. Backman, Ensign Magazine, Oct. 1985.
Glenn Rawson – August 26, 1997
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