Tuesday, October 06, 2009

LDS General Conference - Service

Active LDS Church members look forward twice a year to General Conference. Though it makes for a long weekend -- 10 hours of church -- it is rewarding, refreshing and renewing.

Conference is a personal experience. Everyone enters Conference with different problems, each coming from different places in life. What one person obtains from listening to the talks can be very different from another.

For me, what stood out was service -- the need to better serve our fellow man.

My wife is an example to me and our children. As a stay-at-home mom with only one child at home (7th grade), she goes out of her way to serve those in her neighborhood and community. From humanitarian service to hospice, from neighbors to extended family members, she has multiple things going every week. I'd be doing something if I got to a quarter of what she does.

Most people are silent in their suffering, silent in their needs. Finding opportunities to serve without impacting the pride of those that need service is a challenge.

True service is selfless. As it say in Matthew 22:
Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

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