The Coat: A Story of Charity

The Coat: A Story of Charity

Did you know that this touching story of selflessness and love is true?

When Heber J. Grant was young, his parents were too poor to replace his old, thin jacket. Instead, his mother surprised him with a winter coat she had made by hand. Heber loved it.

One day, as he was playing in the snowy street, he noticed a small boy crouched in front of an exhaust grate, trying to get warm. Heber gave his new coat to the boy, who needed it more than he did.

This Christmas and always, take time to notice the people around you. What can you do to help them? Your service will warm your heart and theirs.

“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matt. 25:40).

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” – The Coat is a true story from the childhood of President Heber J. Crant. The Coat is children’s story that depicts a young boy giving selflessly to another child in need.

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  1. Reminds me of St. Martin's Day here in Germany, a catholic feast. The told story is that he, a Roman soldier, shared his coat with a freezing poor man. Children saw him and went through the town with torches to spread what they saw. And because of this in some areas of Germany catholic children build lanterns at school or kindergarten, march through the street when it is dark, singing songs about this. Afterwards they go from house to house to sing the songs to the homeowners and get candy in return. I like it more than Halloween because the children do something good for the candy: spread a good message about "sharing". When I was a kid, I did not even know what Halloween was. Now many kids know Halloween but do not know our old custom of St. Martin's Day anymore.

  2. I have been in the church for two years I'm so happy I found the right Church and there's a lot of friends in youth and I subscribed to all of the Mormon channels on YouTube

  3. I love this message. It made me remember that when I help someone, I should give them my best. Heber could have gone back home and given the homeless boy his old coat but instead he gave him his new coat. That is such a meaningful way to live life.

  4. This one always gets me. I had an experience on my LDS Mission that was much like this. I will never forget it for as long as I live. We were just about to end the day and we biked right by this kid with shorts and a small coat on. It was late November in Idaho, and it was cold! We biked right by him, waving to make sure he knew that we recognized his presence.

    About halfway down the street to get out of that trailer park, both my missionary companion and I got the feeling that we should go back and talk to this kid. We went back and talked with him about Christ, told him that there were prophets on the earth today and gave him a Book of Mormon.

    We said a prayer with him, gave him a hug, and he went back into the shadows. The next week he was at church, his mom had been touched and dropped him off there. The young man changed and found confidence and true friends. He was baptized about six months later and I got to be there for that. One of the most special experiences of reaching out to "the one" I've ever had in my life. I'm sure that young President Heber J. Grant was touched by this scene and if he ever needed some comfort, re-imagining and pondering on that wonderful moment from that one Christmas would give him some of the comfort he needed. "Slightest actions often meet the sorest needs" -Hymn #230: "Scatter Sunshine" Verse 2)

  5. I've loved this story ever since I was young. The first time I watched it, it brought tears to my eyes. Now when I watch I know how much God loves us and protects us. We thank thee Heavenly Father for lending us you're strength.

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