Saturday, January 16, 2010

What Have I Done for Someone Today?

The (late) article this week is entitled, "What Have I Done for Someone Today?," a talk given by President Thomas S. Monson in the most recent General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. President Monson is the Lord's prophet in the earth today just as Moses, Noah, and Peter in their respective days.

In this talk, President Monson taught about the love of God which leads to charity which leads to service. Charity is the pure love of Christ (see Moroni 7:47). If we love God, we keep His commandments (see John 14:15). He has commanded us to love Him and love our neighbors as ourselves (see Matt 22:36-39). In order to do this, we must serve our fellow men. We must be constantly looking for ways to love, uplift, help, support, and comfort those around us. In this manner we show our love to God and we experience greater happiness, joy, and fulfillment in our lives.

President Monson said, "The Savior taught His disciples, 'For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.' (See Luke 9:24).

"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."

King Benjamin, a Book of Mormon prophet taught that, "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God" (Mosiah 2:17).

Again from President Monson, "My brothers and sisters, we are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness—be they family members, friends, acquaintances, or strangers. We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us."

The message from the prophet of God is that we are all in the service of the Lord. Our loving Father in Heaven desires our help to bless the lives of His children. We need His help to be truly happy and to attain eternal life. Read this article. Think about what you have done for someone today. Think about what you can do for someone today. Pray to be able to see those opportunities whether they be large or small. Joy comes from losing yourself in the service and work of the Lord.