Roadside Service

“Roadside Service,” New Era, October 2017

Roadside Service

Cameron G., New Mexico, USA

Roadside Service

Illustrations by Casey Nelson

My grandma was driving and I was in the passenger seat playing a game on my phone when suddenly my grandma shouted, “Oh no!” I looked up and saw a truck bouncing again and again against the guardrail along the side of the road, as if the driver were steering directly into it. We could have just passed the truck and kept driving, but instead, we followed at a safe distance to see where the truck would eventually stop. We watched in horror as it eventually veered off the road and down a slope, finally coming to a stop.

I called the emergency number. Once the ambulance was on the way, we went down to check on the driver. It was a young man. He couldn’t stand and said that he had not been feeling well all day and was trying to get home. We thought he’d had some type of seizure, so we stayed with him until the ambulance arrived.

As a Church member, I’ve been taught to serve others. I’m glad I have the gospel in my life, because it helps me to have a kind heart as I try to follow Jesus Christ’s example of helping people. It may not always be convenient for me, but when I serve others, my troubles seem lighter.