Are you looking for LDS talks on service? Then look no further! Here are ten great talks from LDS leaders that illustrate the important principle of service. They are great tools for your personal study, lesson preparation, or church talks and presentations.
Thomas S. Monson | October 2009
“The needs of others are ever present, and each of us can do something to help someone…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.”
President Monson begins his talk by telling the story of Dr. Jack McConnell, whose father would ask him and his siblings each day, “And what did you do for someone today?” This idea is used as the basis for the talk, reminding us that we all have ample opportunities to help others each and every day. President Monson also addresses some of the struggles we face in serving, including busy schedules and weariness, and gives mulitple examples on how to remedy them.
Henry B. Eyring | April 2011
“The Lord’s way to help those in temporal need requires people who out of love have consecrated themselves and what they have to God and to His work.”
This talk by President Eyring honor and celebrates the Lord’s plan to serve the poor and needy, especially the Church welfare program. President Eyring discusses the invitation the Lord gives to each of us to consecrate our time, means, and talents to serve. He gives examples of service, both worldwide and personal, that can inspire us. He then gives three principles for welfare and service, as well as three suggestions on how to plan a service project.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf | April 2010
“Christ knows how to minister to others perfectly. When the Savior stretches out His hands, those He touches are uplifted and become greater, stronger, and better people as a result. If we are His hands, should we not do the same?”
President Uchtdorf begins this talk with the touching story of a severely damaged statue of Christ. It was destroyed during the bombing of a city in World War II. While most of the statue was repaired after the war, the hands could not be restored. Instead of crafting new hands, they left the statue as it was and added a sign from Christ’s perspective, “You are my hands.” Throughout the talk, President Uchtdorf teaches us how we can act as Christ’s hands.
Linda K. Burton | October 2012
“Almost 40 years ago my husband and I went to the temple for our Friday night date. We had been married only a short time, and I was nervous because this was only my second time as a newlywed. A sister sitting next to me must have noticed. She leaned over and whispered reverently, “Don’t worry. I’ll help you.” My fears were calmed, and I was able to enjoy the rest of the temple session. She first observed, then served.”
Sister Linda K. Burton uses the four words, “First observe, then serve,” as advice to help us better love one another. By observing needs first, we are better equipped and inspired to offer service to others around us. Throughout her talk, Sister Burton uses examples she’s noticed as she’s served in various church callings and traveled around the world. She also uses stories of service from church leaders.
Jeffrey R. Holland | October 2008
“We are reminded that not all angels are from the other side of the veil. Some of them we walk with and talk with—here, now, every day. Some of them reside in our own neighborhoods. Some of them gave birth to us, and in my case, one of them consented to marry me. Indeed heaven never seems closer than when we see the love of God manifested in the kindness and devotion of people so good and so pure that angelic is the only word that comes to mind.”
God has used angels from the beginning of the world to help his children understand his love and concern for them. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk reminds us that while heavenly help is never far away, there are also angels that walk among us. His story about a young boy who gets lost in a storm and is found by his father has become an inspiring classic.
David L. Beck | April 2013
“Ministering is not just something we do—it defines who we are. Minister every day. Opportunities are all around you. Look for them. Ask the Lord to help you recognize them. You will find that most consist of small, sincere acts that help others become followers of Jesus Christ.”
While this talk by David L. Beck, Young Men General President, is focused on the priesthood, anyone can still be inspired by his call to minister. He begins by discussing a group of priesthood holders who helped the victim of a bullying in their high school by befriending her and including her. He goes throughout the many different spheres we can minister to, including our families and our quorums.
Bonnie L. Oscarson | April 2014
“If there are barriers, it is because we ourselves have created them. We must stop concentrating on our differences and look for what we have in common; then we can begin to realize our greatest potential and achieve the greatest good in this world.”
In this talk, Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson directly addresses the tendency women have to compare and focus on our differences. Sister Oscarson focused on the need for the sisterhood of the church to remember their unbreakable bond. She gives multiple examples of how women of all ages have put aside their differences and served.
Dallin H. Oaks | April 2012
“Our lives of service and sacrifice are the most appropriate expressions of our commitment to serve the Master and our fellowmen.”
Elder Dallin H. Oaks focused on the need saints of Christ have to sacrifice as a gospel principle. The multiple sections of the talk focus on different examples of sacrifice, including the pioneers, church leaders, and family members. Elder Oaks also discusses how sacrifice is the perfect emulation of Jesus Christ.
For more LDS talks on service, check out the General Conference collection on service at LDS.org.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.