The best experiences I’ve had in my life have occurred through serving others. I found the Church in 1989 and one of the things that most impressed me and helped me in my conversion was seeing how the members were always interested and willing to help each other. Their capacity to serve and their interest in each other’s common welfare that I saw from the time I first joined strengthened my testimony and awakened in me a desire to want to be more involved in the Savior’s work.
Every day, we have multiple chances to serve. If we are in tune we will be Christ’s hands to bless the lives of others. During this age of many distractions when we think we never have enough time to manage all our responsibilities, it’s a good idea to pause and look around us. We can start in our own homes with our family, our neighbors, etc.
There is always something we can do, many times through simple acts. Keep a positive, friendly, and polite attitude, and treat others kindly. In this way, you can be a great help to someone who is going through a very difficult moment. Good feelings can be conveyed and help us to keep the Holy Ghost with us, and those we interact with can feel it.
The Savior said: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”2
“It is only when we love God and Christ with all of our hearts, souls, and minds that we are able to share this love with our neighbors through acts of kindness and service—the way that the Savior would love and serve all of us if He were among us today.”3
President Spencer W. Kimball said: “It is vital that we serve each other in the kingdom. So often, our acts of service consist of simple encouragement or of giving mundane help with mundane tasks, but what glorious consequences can flow from mundane acts and from small but deliberate deeds!”4
Missionary service is an example of serving in the Lord’s way with infinite opportunities to help others, not just preaching with words, but also with actions. These actions reflect our love for our fellow men and for the Savior.
Elder Derek Stephens who was a missionary in the Honduras Comayaguela Mission knows about this way of serving. I have a picture of a pair of old shoes that he still keeps. This is what he told me:
I was without new shoes for a while after that, but I had a family that was happy to have been able to enter the waters of baptism and make covenants with the Lord. Now I’m home and have finished my mission, but I still keep my old shoes. Whenever I look at them I remember that family, and I realize that that experience was a chance to understand, in a very small way, the Atonement of my Savior, Jesus Christ. I think about Him who gave more than His feet so He could bless all of mankind.”
As we serve with sincere love and selflessness, we ourselves and our families are the ones who are most blessed. We should serve no matter what the situation or the condition of the people, and only know and remember that they are sons and daughters of God.
When charity, the pure love of Christ, encircles us, we become more like Him. We think, feel, and act more like our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ think, feel, and act. Then our motivation and sincere desire is similar to those of the Savior. He shared this desire with His Apostles just prior to his crucifixion when He said: “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”5