Having gone through a tough divorce, I can tell you that any uplift of one's spirits during that time is a huge blessing for someone. Just getting those notes from his friends probably helped at a critical juncture more than he would admit (or anyone else for that matter.)
It is good anytime we can follow the Spirit and show any kindness to someone we don't know well. Beyond fellowshipping/friendshipping, it can goodwill for future interactions not just with you, but others as well.
Beyond missionary contacting (where it can take 7-10 contacts before some people are open enough to listen further), it can warm someone up to the larger community as well.
My non-member husband has gone from "anti" to "okay I'll attend some things" from the small kindnesses shown to us by members of the Church over 20 years. I don't know if he will ever "join", but being more supportive me in my callings and even his own service to those I visit teach has been a big blessing.
I liked your article! I am an old woman and can relate to what you have written about. Thank you! I never did anything like that with a boy...but oh, how I do it in a room full of people. I promise I will try to do differently in the future. You are a sweet young lady. I have followed your articles from the first one that was put in Meridian.
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