Conference Questions – Service for a Better Life

Recently, I watched the 182nd Semi Annual General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When I watch conference, I am always filled with the spirit and a desire to be a better person and draw closer to the Savior. I love to take notes. When I first started being a note taker for learning in church settings, I would write everything I possibly could down. Including what the speakers said, as well as the little lessons the spirit would teach me during the talks. Once that became a habit, I learned that I should really be focused on writing down the things that I am personally taught by the spirit. So, with that as my focus for note taking, I found myself writing down questions that I should be able to answer. The thought then came to me that these are questions that I could attempt to study on this blog. To view other questions in this series, go here: Conference Questions

In my last post I posed a question that came to mind during a talk by Linda K. Burton, the Relief Society General President. Her talk was titled, “First Observe, Then Serve”. It was a great talk and really had me thinking a lot. She told a story from her own life, when she had wanted to go to the temple, but was feeling a bit too busy. She realized the need for her to go at that time and went, even though her mind was on how she would get back the time lost. She talked of how a younger sister sitting next to her had expressed feelings of nervousness and asked her for help. It was in that moment that she realized God knew that she needed the opportunity to serve and she felt blessed for it. The question that this story raised in my mind, was do I notice how much I really need to be able to serve others, so that my life can be better?

This question almost seems to contradict my previous question and answer from this series, which addressed the issue of serving for the Lord and not ourselves. It is not a contradiction, however. The ability to serve others is huge. I can’t count the number of times that I have heard people feel such a lack in their lives, when they are physically incapable of doing things for others. Our ability to grow to become like our Father in Heaven, depends on the things we choose to do in this life. I don’t think that anyone who studies the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, could say that his life was anything other than a life of service to others. We become like God, by living like His Son. The Savior taught us of this in Luke 22:27 when he said, “For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.” The Savior served all people and He is no doubt the greatest. We have been told to use our time to serve. In Galatians 5:13 we read, “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” There is greater freedom found in loving service to others.

On the other hand, we become like the enemy to God, when we have the capacity to serve and we choose not to do so. That is, we become damned in our own progression, which is the state that Satan is permanently in. He has been stopped and cannot go any further towards becoming like God. In 2 Nephi 9:27 we read, “But wo unto him that has the law given, yea, that has all the commandments of God, like unto us, and that transgresseth them, and that wasteth the days of his probation, for awful is his state!” Wasting our precious time in this life designed to learn and grow, will only bring the rewards that are like Satan’s rewards.

How do we recognize the importance of service in our growth and progression in this life? I think the only way to do this, is to make service a matter of faith. Do it. We will not learn the life lessons from strictly learning of service at church or at home. We need to take an active role and serve others in faith. That is when we will feel the improvement of self that surely comes from looking outside of our own selfish ways and seeing and filling the needs of others. If we do not have our own testimony of the importance of service in our lives, then we are not serving enough. We live in a time where the world pushes selfishness upon us. We cannot give in to the waste of this life that the world lures us with. I know that I have been greatly blessed when I have hit a rut in life, through service to others. I know that we can learn more and become better people when we strive to serve. I also know that we can make a great impact on the world around us, as well as the work of the Lord, if we faithfully look for ways to serve.


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