As you keep the faith, you will find yourself invited by the Lord often to serve someone in need when it will not seem convenient. It may appear to be an unpleasant and perhaps even impossible task. When the call comes, it may seem you are not needed or that someone else could easily give the succor. Remember that when the Lord lets us encounter someone in distress, we honor the good Samaritan for what he did not do as much as for what he did. Most people carrying heavy loads begin to doubt themselves and their own worth. We lighten their loads as we are patient with their weaknesses and celebrate whatever goodness we can see in them. The Lord does that. And we could follow His example.
-Henry B Eyring October 2012 General Conference “The Caregiver”
These simple, daily acts of service may not seem like much in and of themselves, but when considered collectively they become just like the one-twelfth teaspoon of honey contributed by a single bee to the hive. There is power in our love for God and for His children, and when that love is tangibly manifest in millions of acts of Christian kindness, it will sweeten and nourish the world with the life-sustaining nectar of faith, hope, and charity.
In your morning prayer each new day, ask Heavenly Father to guide you to recognize an opportunity to serve one of His precious children. Then go throughout the day with your heart full of faith and love, looking for someone to help. If we multiply our efforts by tens of thousands, even millions of prayerful efforts to share God’s love for His children through Christian service, there will be a compounding effect of good that will bring the Light of Christ to this ever-darkening world. Bound together, we will bring love and compassion to our own family and to the lonely, the poor, the broken, and to those of our Heavenly Father’s children who are searching for truth and peace.
-M Russell Ballard” Anxiously Engaged” October 2012 General Conference
Often, the answer to our prayer does not come while we’re on our knees but while we’re on our feet serving the Lord and serving those around us. Selfless acts of service and consecration refine our spirits, remove the scales from our spiritual eyes, and open the windows of heaven. By becoming the answer to someone’s prayer, we often find the answer to our own.
-Dieter F Uchtdorf April 2011 General Conference “Waiting on The Road to Damascus”
There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save. The blessings of eternity await you. Yours is the privilege to be not spectators but participants on the stage of priesthood service. Let us learn and contemplate our duty. Let us be willing and worthy to serve. Let us in the performance of our duty follow in the footsteps of the Master.
-President Thomas S Monson “Willing and Worthy to Serve” April 2012 General Conference.
I believe the Savior is telling us that unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives. Those who live only for themselves eventually shrivel up and figuratively lose their lives, while those who lose themselves in service to others grow and flourish—and in effect save their lives.
-Thomas S Monson “What Have I Done for Someone Today” October 2009 General Conference
Although they perform a divine service in assisting others, they lose a blessing by not seeking their own kindred dead as divinely directed by latter day prophets.
-Richard G Scott “The Joy of Redeeming The Dead” October 2012 General Conference
Whether drawing water from a well, cooking a meal of fish, or washing dusty feet, the Savior spent His days serving others- lifting up the weary and strengthening the weak.
-Robert D Hales “Being a More Christian Christian” October 2012
I thank you for the service you provide in your wards and branches and in your stakes and districts. It is such service that enables the Lord to accomplish many of His purposes here upon the Earth.
-Thomas S Monson “As We Gather Once Again” October 2012
I like to define the priesthood in terms of service and I frequently call it ‘the perfect plan of service.’
– Thomas S Monson “To Learn, To Be” October 2008 General Conference
Let me suggest four things you can do as a priesthood father to lift and lead your family home again to be with Heavenly Father and the Savior… The answer will come with an increase in determination to lead your family, and your feelings of hope and with greater happiness in your service. You will be more cheerful and optimistic, a great blessing for your wife and family.
-Henry B Eyring “Families Under Covenant” April 2012