I’ve been thinking this week about service, why and how we offer it. Women in the LDS Church visit each other every month. It’s just something we do. We call it Visiting Teaching. This month the message we shared with each other was about the Divine Mission of Jesus Christ, our Exemplar.
From this month’s message: “He marked the path and led the way,” wrote Eliza R. Snow, second Relief Society general president, of the mortal ministry of Jesus Christ. He ministered to individuals—one by one. He taught that we should leave the ninety and nine to save the straying one (see Luke 15:3–7). He healed and taught individuals, even taking time for each person in a multitude of 2,500 people (see 3 Nephi 11:13–15; 17:25).
Of Latter-day Saint women, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, said: “You wonderful sisters render compassionate service to others for reasons that supersede desires for personal benefits. In this you emulate the Savior. … His thoughts were always tuned to help others.”
One of my favorite Book of Mormon prophets, King Benjamin, gathered his people at the end of his life and gave an amazing address to his people. I love every word, especially this counsel to parents about teaching their children and counsel to us about how to serve:
“Teach them to love one another, and to serve one another. And also, ye yourselves succor those that stand in need of your succor; . . . administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need.” He reminds us that we are all beggars and we all “depend on the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and rainment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind.” He teaches that, “as He imparts to us, we ought to impart of the substance that we have to another.”
You can read all of his words in Mosiah chapters 2-6 here: www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/mosiah/2?lang=eng They are amazing.
What strikes me every time is the word your. We are to administer of our substance to those who stand in need of our help. It’s an individual thing. One to one. Person to person. Heart to heart. That’s how Jesus helped and served others. That’s the pattern we should follow and the example we should emulate. He marked the path and led the way. Let us follow him in every way we can.
The art work above is a Study of For of Such is the Kingdom of Heaven, by my friend Liz Lemon Swindle.