During the most recent General Conference, major changes were made to how members of the Church serve one another. The programs of home and visiting teaching were retired and were replaced by “ministering.”
President Russell M. Nelson described ministering as a coordinated effort to help people meet their spiritual and temporal needs.
While ministering has yet to truly be implemented into the Church, there are things you can do today to start making ministering a part of your life.
Pray to Know Who Needs Your Help
You interact with people every day. Family, friends, co-workers, ward members. God knows who is in your life and why they are in your life. Begin each day by praying to know who needs your help. Opportunities are likely already in your path. By praying to know who you can serve, God will open your eyes to those who need you specifically.
Pray to Know What That Person Needs
Once you know who needs your help, pray to know what they need. Sometimes, ministering to others is hard because we don’t know what to do. Luckily, God knows the deepest needs and desires of our hearts. We can receive inspiration on things to do and say. Our service will become more sincere and we will grow to trust God’s promptings.
Reach Out to Someone on Social Media
Ministering is about genuinely becoming a part of someone’s life. Social media is an easy way to reach out to someone, especially someone who is farther away. Go through your friend’s list and send a message to someone you haven’t talked to in awhile. Start a conversation about their life.
Study How the Savior Served
Jesus Christ not only loved everyone, but he served everyone. Learn more about his perfect example. Read through the scriptures and study what Christ did for others and how he did it. Create a few goals based on what you read.
Practice Asking Active Listening
Listening is an important skill that allows us to connect more deeply with the people around us. Active listening requires we truly listen to others, ask questions about what they said, and avoid dominating the conversation with our own opinions and comments. Try active listening in your everyday conversations. You will be surprised how much more willing others will be to share about what they are going through.