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THE IMPORTANCE AND URGENCY OF COMMITING OURSELVES IN MINISTERING EFFORTS

I had a bad dream- I wasn’t able to produce a copy of my talk. (Got 2 haircuts this month.)

One of the unique identity of the Lords true church is that all members have its shared responsibility.
Members are not spectators but participants in the great work of the Lord. Attach to our shoulders , are
the responsibility to care for one another, to serve one another, to mourn with those that mourn, to
comfort those that stand in need of comfort as the Saviour did. We promise to the Lord to follow him as
part of our covenant. Ours’s is the responsibility to extend a hand and render service. Our covenant with
God exceeds all the commitment we have in this world. As we obey, He will fulfil his promise.
Sometimes it may not be the one we expect but for sure it is the one we need.

Our commitment is very important in order to accomplish God’s purposes here on earth. On the other
hand the opposition is doing its best to accomplish his own. So our sights should be a little bit higher
and our efforts to care and love for one another is like as much as how we want to be cared and blessed
by the others also.

It should be a Christlike more of caring and loving for one another. We should rise above any
mechanical, function-without-feeling routine to the heartfelt discipleship as Elder Holland said.

As you can see it, the Lord truly hastens his work. But are we up to the challenge that is attached to it?

As I recall, during our Auxiliary meeting, after the announcement of ministering, our Bishop is a little bit
worried when he heard the new approach, if the members will really respond to it.

As an Elder Quorum President, I think also, how this new approach will sink into the very fibre of each
brethren in the ward. Together with my counsellors, we quickly made a pairing according to the
direction of the spirit.

Bro. and Sis. There is no better time than now that our bro. and sis. needs us. In truth and in fact we all
need each other in this troubled but exciting time of our lives. The Lord expects much from us. And we
must act. We must be on the same page and we should commit ourselves in this ministering efforts. We
must feel the urgency of this work. We need to be unified. The Lord has commanded us, that we should
be one.

But how do we commit ourselves and accomplished this great work of ministering? How can we feel its
importance? As what Sis. Bingham said- After all is said and done, true ministering is accomplished one
by one with love as the motivation. With love as the motivation, miracles will happen, and we will find
ways to bring our missing sisters and brothers into the all-inclusive embrace of the gospel of Jesus
Christ.

We must motivate ourselves to be like the Saviour. As close as we can be.

As Dale Carnegie once said, “If you are not in the process of becoming the person you want to be, you
are automatically engaged in becoming the person you don’t want to be.”

So love is the answer. Love is the main ingredient in all of this: ALLOW ME TO GIVE THE DEFINITION OF
THE WORD LOVE BY AN ACRONYM.
L-EARN-

To feel the importance of ministering. One must know the Saviour. His ways, his life and how he served.
During April’s 2018 Gen. Conference one of the speakers said- It is significant that we find a similar
pattern among the faithful of the American continent at the time the Lord visited and ministered to
them. The reason why they were so united is because they knew the Lord personally. They testified of
Jesus Christ, studied the word of God, and ministered to each other with love.

Part of ministering is knowing. How can we invite people to come unto Christ if we do not know Christ?

As we study the life of the Saviour, our hearts will be open. It is easy for us to follow his ways, his life and
how he served and as what the Saviours injunction when he visit the people in America when he said –
what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am.

Searching the scriptures on a daily basis will fortify our faith and character to the Lord’s work.

A picture posted on the church website states” A chapter a day will light your way”. If we have the light
within, is it hard for us to minister?

Part of knowing is learning your ministering assignments. As we received the call to minister, I hope
that we don’t just think of them, but we act according to the things that must be done. By now I
presume that we are on another chapter of our relationship with our ministering assignments.

My ASSIGNMENT- BRO. HENRY MENDOZA- electrical technology graduate. He gave me a capacitor.

O-BEY- Pres. Nelson in his introductory part of his message on ministering, said- Quote “Dear brothers
and sisters, we constantly seek direction from the Lord on how we can help our members keep the
commandments of God, especially those two great commandments to love God and our neighbours. For
months we have been seeking a better way to minister to the spiritual and temporal needs of our
people in the Saviour’s way”. End quote.

As our leaders seek earnestly to further the work of the Lord, do we equate this by just nodding our
heads with?

Ministering means doing “the work of the Lord on the earth” and helping others to “become true
followers of Jesus Christ. I pray that we respond by acting upon the things which the Lord hath
commanded us, for he giveth no commandment save he shall prepare a way to accomplish them.

The Saviour taught that true freedom comes only from following Him: In John 8:31-32 “If ye continue in
my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you
free”.

President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “The happiness of the Latter-day Saints, the peace of the Latter-day
Saints, the progress of the Latter-day Saints, the prosperity of the Latter-day Saints, and the eternal
salvation and exaltation of this people lie in walking in obedience to the counsels of … God.”

Our obedience to minister one to another is an expression of our love for Heavenly Father and Jesus
Christ. This work will be of no efficacy unless we put it into action. Are we responding to the call?
V-ALUE – Value life. Value people around you, your ministering assignments. It’s good that someone
remember you, someone who lightens your load of worries in life. Value the opportunity to serve. Value
life. Have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need? Have I cheered up the sad
and made someone feel glad? Has anyone’s burden been lighter today, Because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way? When they needed my help was I there? Bro.
and Sis. the worth of souls is great in the sight of God;

-STORY-

The Chicken and the Pig

Once Upon a Time....

A Chicken and a Pig lived on a farm. The farmer was very good to them and they both wanted to do
something good for him.

One day the chicken approached the pig and said, "I have a great idea for something we can do for the
farmer! Would you like to help?"

The pig said, "of course! What is it that you propose?"

The chicken knew how much the farmer enjoyed a good healthy breakfast. "I think the farmer would be
very happy if we made him breakfast."

The pig said- "I'd be happy to help you! What do you suggest we make?"

The chicken, suggested, "I could provide some eggs."

The pig added "That's a fine start. What else should we make?"

The chicken looked around...scratched his head...then said, "ham? The farmer loves ham and eggs!"

The pig, very mindful of what this implied, said, "that's fine, but while you're making a contribution I'm
making a real commitment!"

Lesson: the lesson there is - HOW MUCH OF YOUR SELF, ARE YOU WILLING TO SACRIFICE FOR OTHERS.

E-XPRESS- means to communicate, convey, indicate, show, demonstrate and reveal.

Ministering that matters includes love and compassion, a listening ear, prayers and priesthood blessings,
temporal and spiritual support, and teaching by the Spirit. As what we’ve heard from the April
conference talk. Ministering looks like going for a walk, getting together for a game night, offering
service, or even serving together. It looks like visiting in person or talking on the phone or chatting
online or texting. It looks like delivering a birthday card and cheering at a soccer game. It looks like
sharing a scripture or quote from a conference talk that would be meaningful to that individual. It looks
like discussing a gospel question and sharing testimony to bring clarity and peace. It looks like becoming
part of someone’s life and caring about him or her.
Pres. Monson said- As “we extend to them the hand that helps and the heart that knows compassion,”
“we will bring joy into their hearts, and we will experience the rich satisfaction that comes to us when
we help another along the pathway to eternal life.”

Bro. and Sis, the word is commitment. To be something, we must be committed. But commitment as a
word cannot stand alone. We must always ask, “Committed to what?” “Verily I say, men should be
anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much
righteousness; “For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. (D&C 58:27-28)

If we profess to be Latter-day Saints, let us be committed to living like Latter-day Saints, using Jesus
Christ as our master teacher.

The Savior Jesus Christ came to earth to minister to others, spending His days in service and giving His
life for their salvation (see Matthew 20:27–28). because he knew his purpose and that is he came into
the world to do the will of my Father. 3 Nephi 27: 13.

As Pres. Russell M. Nelson said to the Brethren, and I might include for the purpose of this conference
the women- That there are doors we can open, priesthood blessings we can give, hearts we can heal,
burdens we can lift, testimonies we can strengthen, lives we can save, and joy we can bring into the
homes of the Latter-day Saints.

It is my humble prayer, that each of us might and will, feel the importance and urgency of this work.

If you feel inadequate to do the work of the Lord after all, or feeling like you don’t know where to start
and what to do? Just look Up and pray in your heart. As we remember Him and trust in His power, we
receive strength through His Atonement. AMEN.
'm trying to love my neighbor;

I'm learning to serve my friends.

I watch for the day of gladness when Jesus will come again.

I try to remember the lessons he taught.

Then the Holy Spirit enters into my thoughts, saying:

"Love one another as Jesus loves you.

Try to show kindness in all that you do.

Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought,

For these are the things Jesus taught."

I'm trying to be like Jesus;

I'm following in his ways.

I'm trying to love as he did, in all that I do and say.

At times I am tempted to make a wrong choice,

But I try to listen as the still small voice whispers,

"Love one another as Jesus loves you.

Try to show kindness in all that you do.

Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought,

For these are the things Jesus taught."

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com·mit·ment

noun

1.the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.


"the company's commitment to quality"

synonyms: dedication, devotion, allegiance, loyalty, faithfulness, fidelity

"her commitment to her students"

Commitment as a word cannot stand alone. We must always ask, “Committed to what?” “Verily I say,
men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring
to pass much righteousness;“For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And
inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward.“But he that doeth not anything until he
is commanded, and receiveth a commandment with doubtful heart, and keepeth it with slothfulness,
the same is damned.” (D&C 58:27–29.)

If we profess to be Latter-day Saints, let us be committed to living like Latter-day Saints, using Jesus
Christ as our master teacher.

If we, like President Monson, exercise our faith and look to God for help, we will not be overwhelmed
with the burdens of life. It better to look up. E. Carl Cook 70

Submitting to God

President Ezra Taft Benson (1899–1994) described some of the blessings that come to us as we draw
nigh to God and align our will with His. He said:

Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their
lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their
muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise
up friends, and pour out peace.

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Pursuing divinely appointed responsibilities in righteousness, unity, and equality will prepare us to meet
God. E.COOK APRIL 2018

These modifications have been under study for many months. We have felt a pressing need to improve
the way we care for our members and report our contacts with them. To do that better, we need to
strengthen our priesthood quorums to give greater direction to the ministering of love and support that
the Lord intends for His Saints. Pre. Nelson- April 2018 Introductory remarks- restructuring of the
melchizedek priesthood quoroms.

Municipal wards, companies, and strengthened quorums have all required at least two things to be
successful in the Lord’s intent to have His Saints care for each other in the way He cares for them. They
succeed when the Saints feel the love of Christ for each other above their self-interest. The scriptures
call it “charity … the pure love of Christ” (Moroni 7:47). And they succeed when the Holy Ghost guides
the caregiver to know what the Lord knows is best for the person whom He is trying to help.1.
It seems to me that we receive the Holy Spirit best when we are focused on serving others. That is why
we have the priesthood responsibility to serve for the Savior. When we are engaged in service to others,
we think less about ourselves, and the Holy Ghost can more readily come to us and help us in our
lifelong quest to have the gift of charity bestowed upon us. Elder Eyring April 2018

Now, may I voice a concern? It is this: Too many of our brothers and sisters do not fully understand the
concept of priesthood power and authority. They act as though they would rather satisfy their own
selfish desires and appetites than use the power of God to bless His children.I fear that too many of our
brothers and sisters do not grasp the privileges that could be theirs.3 Some of our brethren, for
example, act like they do not understand what the priesthood is and what it enables them to do. Let me
give you some specific examples.1

A hallmark of the Lord’s true and living Church will always be an organized, directed effort to minister to
individual children of God and their families.6 Because it is His Church, we as His servants will minister to
the one, just as He did.7 We will minister in His name, with His power and authority, and with His loving-
kindness.2

Brethren, there are doors we can open, priesthood blessings we can give, hearts we can heal, burdens
we can lift, testimonies we can strengthen, lives we can save, and joy we can bring into the homes of the
Latter-day Saints—all because we hold the priesthood of God. We are the men who have been “called
and prepared from the foundation of the world according to the foreknowledge of God, on account of
[our] exceeding faith,” to do this work.12 Pres. Nelson April 2018 SATURDAY

Girls and boys, young women and young men, sisters and brothers, we are on this journey together. In
order to reach our sublime destiny, we need each other, and we need to be unified. The Lord has
commanded us, “Be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine.”1

“With one accord” means in agreement, in unity, and all together.2

The Lord’s followers were one in purpose, in love, and in works. They knew who they were, they knew
what they had to do, and they did it with love for God and for each other. They were part of a
magnificent kaleidoscope moving forward with one accord.3

ome of the blessings they received were that they were filled with the Holy Ghost, miracles took place
among them, the Church grew, there was no contention among the people, and the Lord blessed them
in all things.13

We can suppose that the reason why they were so united is because they knew the Lord personally.
They had been close to Him, and they had been witnesses of His divine mission, of the miracles that He
performed, and of His Resurrection. They saw and touched the marks in His hands and feet. They knew
with certainty that He was the promised Messiah, the Redeemer of the world. They knew that “He is the
source of all healing, peace, and eternal progress.”4

Every one of our paths is different, yet we walk them together. Our path is not about what we have
done or where we have been; it is about where we are going and what we are becoming, in unity. When
we counsel together guided by the Holy Ghost, we can see where we are and where we need to be. The
Holy Ghost gives us a vision that our natural eyes cannot see, because “revelation is scattered among
us,”18 and when we put that revelation together, we can see more.5 Sis Alburto April 2018

We have made the decision to retire home teaching and visiting teaching as we have known them.
Instead, we will implement a newer, holier approach to caring for and ministering to others. We will
refer to these efforts simply as “ministering.”Pres. Nelson april2018

Brothers and sisters, as the work of quorums and auxiliaries matures institutionally, it follows that we
should mature personally as well—individually rising above any mechanical, function-without-feeling
routine to the heartfelt discipleship articulated by the Savior at the conclusion of His earthly ministry. As
He prepared to leave His still-innocent and somewhat-confused little band of followers, He did not list a
dozen administrative steps they had to take or hand them a fistful of reports to be filled out in triplicate.
No, He summarized their task in one fundamental commandment: “Love one another; as I have loved
you. … By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”1. Elder
Holland April 2018

After all is said and done, true ministering is accomplished one by one with love as the motivation. The
value and merit and wonder of sincere ministering is that it truly changes lives! When our hearts are
open and willing to love and include, encourage and comfort, the power of our ministering will be
irresistible. With love as the motivation, miracles will happen, and we will find ways to bring our
“missing” sisters and brothers into the all-inclusive embrace of the gospel of Jesus Christ.1.

The Savior is our example in everything—not only in what we should do but why we should do it.8 “His
life on earth was [an] invitation to us—to raise our sights a little higher, to forget our own problems and
[to] reach out to others.”9 As we accept the opportunity to wholeheartedly minister to our sisters and
brothers, we are blessed to become more spiritually refined, more in tune with the will of God, and
more able to understand His plan to help each one return to Him. We will more readily recognize His
blessings and be eager to extend those blessings to others. Our hearts will sing in unison with our
voices:2. Sis. Bingham April 2018

I exhort you to study the messages of this conference frequently—even repeatedly—during the next six
months. Conscientiously look for ways to incorporate these messages in your family home evenings,
your gospel teaching, your conversations with family and friends, and even your discussions with those
not of our faith. Many good people will respond to the truths taught in this conference when offered in
love. And your desire to obey will be enhanced as you remember and reflect upon what you have felt
these past two days. Pres. Nelson April 2018
1. Let us all press on in the work of the Lord, Fear not, though the enemy deride;

That when life is o’er we may gain a reward; Courage, for the Lord is on our side.

In the fight for right let us wield a sword, We will heed not what the wicked may say,

The mighty sword of truth. But the Lord alone we will obey.

Fear not, though the enemy deride; 3. If we do what’s right we have no need to
fear,
Courage, for the Lord is on our side.
For the Lord, our helper, will ever be near;
We will heed not what the wicked may say,
In the days of trial his Saints he will cheer,
But the Lord alone we will obey.
And prosper the cause of truth.
2. We will not retreat, though our numbers may
be few Fear not, though the enemy deride;

When compared with the opposite host in view; Courage, for the Lord is on our side.

But an unseen pow’r will aid me and you We will heed not what the wicked may say,

In the glorious cause of truth. But the Lord alone we will obey.

Last April, when President Russell M. Nelson introduced the concept of ministering, he stressed that it
was a way to keep the great commandments to love God and love each other.1 We, as officers of the
Church, openly applaud and congratulate you on the tremendous response you have begun in that
regard. We thank you for following our beloved prophet in this wonderful endeavor and suggest that
you not wait for many more instructions. Just jump into the pool and swim. Head toward those in need.
Don’t be immobilized wondering whether you should do the backstroke or the dog paddle. If we follow
the basic principles that have been taught, stay aligned with priesthood keys, and seek the Holy Spirit to
guide us, we cannot fail. 1.

My beloved friends, in our shared ministry of reconciliation, I ask us to be peacemakers—to love peace,
to seek peace, to create peace, to cherish peace. I make that appeal in the name of the Prince of Peace,
who knows everything about being “wounded in the house of [His] friends”18 but who still found the
strength to forgive and forget—and to heal—and be happy. For that I pray, for you and for me, in the
name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen. 2. E. Holland Oct. 2018