This is a wonderful story about a young merchant who was caught up in the Gold Rush in the 1850's. He was discouraged when he didn't find large nuggets of gold as he panned and searched. He overlooked the small flecks of gold that didn't seem worth his time. He envied a nearby old prospector and his full pouch of gold. Imagine the young man's surprise when the prospector showed him that his bag was full of small flecks, not nuggets. He said, "The patient accumulation of these little flecks has brought me great wealth."
I love this analogy and I agree that by small and simple things great blessings are brought to pass.
Elder M. Russell Ballard shares:
"The Gospel of Jesus Christ is simple. Like the small flecks of gold that accumulate over time into a large treasure, our small and simple acts of kindness and service will accumulate into a life filled with love for Heavenly Father, devotion to the work of the Lord Jesus Christ, and a sense of peace and joy."