“And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.”
1. 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.”
2. I’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:
*For Younger Children*
Ask the children “What is service”?
Let them know service is a way to help others and make others’s day happier.
Ask the children “Who can we serve”?
Explain that we not only can serve our neighbors, friends, teachers, and church leaders. We can most importantly serve our family.
You probably serve your family every day and you didn’t realize it! Did you know when you help your parents with the dishes, do your chores, help keep the house clean, and help watch your brothers or sisters you are doing service? And when you are serving your family or anyone else, you are serving Heavenly Father! Service is choosing the right and it makes Jesus Christ & Heavenly Father really happy.
It is also important to look out for your friends, neighbors and teachers also. When you see someone who is sad, or needs help in any way it is important to be like Jesus and help them by giving them a hug, listening to them, or many other things.
“What ways can we serve our family”?
“What ways can we serve others outside our family”?
*For Teenagers or Adults* Summarize or read from “Service” Discuss the questions below the talk and watch the video.
As we grow older, we all tend to become busier and burdened with many responsibilities. This allows us to find more opportunities to serve within and outside our families. Service is something talked about a lot in our church, but that is because it is so vital to show gratitude for our Heavenly Father and a great opportunity to learn to be like Jesus.
Service is also a great way to take our minds off ourselves and help others. It becomes easy to dwell on our own shortcomings and our problems. If we choose to serve others instead, our burdens begin to ease and we feel the love of our Savior even more in our life. Service helps you to love Heavenly Father’s children and understand how he loves you no matter what.
Steven E. Snow Of the Presidency of the Seventy gave some inspiring words about serving others and who we should serve at the October 2007 General Conference:
This service is to be given unselfishly, with no thought of personal gain or reward. It is to be given as needed, not when convenient. Opportunities to serve may not always seem obvious, as it is human nature to worry about our own wants and needs. We must resist such tendencies and look for opportunities to serve. When we visit with those who are suffering from sickness, loss of loved ones, or other heartbreak, it is not enough to simply say, “Call if there is anything I can do.” Rather, look for ways to bless the lives of others through seemingly simple acts of service. It is better to do even things of little consequence than to do nothing at all.
Second, we have an obligation as members of the Church to accept callings to serve in building the kingdom of God on earth. As we serve in our various callings, we bless the lives of others. In missionary work lives are changed as people learn of the gospel of Jesus Christ and receive a testimony of its truth. By the sacred work in the temple we bless the lives of those who have gone on before us. In gospel service we have the privilege to teach others, to strengthen the youth, and to bless the lives of the little children as they learn the simple truths of the gospel. In Church service we learn to give of ourselves and to help others.
President Spencer W. Kimball, a great example of service, said: “God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another mortal that he meets our needs. Therefore, it is vital that we serve each other in the kingdom.” The responsibility of service in the Church, however, does not relieve us of our responsibility to serve our families and our neighbors. President Kimball went on to warn, “None of us should become so busy in our formal Church assignments that there is no room left for quiet Christian service to our neighbors.”
Finally, we have a responsibility to render service in our communities. We should work to improve our neighborhoods, our schools, our cities, and our towns. I commend those in our midst who, regardless of their political persuasion, work within our local, state, and national governments to improve our lives. Likewise, I commend those who volunteer their time and resources to support worthy community and charitable causes, which bless the lives of others and make the world a better place. My grandfather taught me at an early age, “The public service we render is the rent we pay for our place on earth.”
Questions to ask after the reading:
-Instead of asking someone to call if there is anything you can do, what can you do instead to ensure that person gets the help they stand in need of?
-What are ways in your community you can serve more?
-How can you find more time to serve in church and in temples?
-What can you do at home to serve your family to build stronger relationships?
Conclude the lesson by watching this touching Mormon Message about serving within your community, ward, and family: Opportunities to Do Good
Illustrated Book of Mormon Stories
HolyTabbs for Regular Quad
Book of Mormon S.W.A.T. Scripture Study Game
Strawberry Pops or S’mores Cookies
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pops
- Chocolate Melting Wafers (Or chocolate chips)
- Medium Sized Lollipop Sticks
- Colored Sprinkles
- White Chocolate Candy Melts (for decorating)
- Disposable Candy Decorating Bag
- First, wash the strawberries well and cut the strawberry leaves off of each strawberry.
- Then, stick a medium sized lollipop stick in the middle of each strawberry.
- Melt the dark chocolate on the stove in a double boiler.
- Dip each strawberry in the chocolate and cover.
- Place the strawberry pop in a cake pop holder and let dry.
- Then, melt the white chocolate in a disposable decorating bag (follow the directions on the box when using these bags) and decorate the strawberry pops!
- Add sprinkles to make them colorful! Place in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve! Enjoy!
(Recipe From Mom Wife Busy Life)
S’mores Blossom Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup cookie butter
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar (plus more for rolling)
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 Tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 24 large marshmallows, cut in half
- 48 chocolate kisses, unwrapped
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat together the butter and both sugars until light and creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in the egg, milk, and vanilla. Gradually add in flour mixture. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
- Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Line 2-4 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Pour some sugar into a small bowl. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls, roll them in the sugar, then place them on the trays. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press one marshmallow half cut-side down onto each cookie, gently pressing down. Wait a few minutes then place the cookies onto a cooling rack. Repeat until all of the cookies are baked.
- Turn the oven to broil. Place the cookies back onto the cookie sheets and broil until toasted. This process may happen quickly, so do not leave them unattended. If your oven has hot spots, you may need to rotate the trays until all of the marshmallows are toasted. Once toasted, press a chocolate kiss into each one. Let cool completely.
Note: If you cannot find cookie butter, substitute peanut butter.
(Recipe From Old Time Pottery)
Seeking Service or The Lord’s Hands Challenge
Seeking Service – There are many ways we can serve others every day. We do not have to wait for somebody to ask us for help. We can often find ways to help by just looking around us. Circle opportunities for service in the picture. Click here for picture (from the Friend)
The Lord’s Hands Challenge – Supplies: Colored construction paper, writing utensil
Instructions: Trace each person’s hands on construction paper and cut the hands out. Then each person is to secretly do an act of service for someone (Make their bed, help put toys away, etc.) in the family and leave their cut out hand in the place where the service was performed. When the person receiving the act of service finds a hand, they are then responsible to keep the acts of services going and leave the cut out hand where they perform their act of service.
Purpose: To teach the family to serve and find joy in it. This challenge will help family members to understand they are the Lord’s hands and He needs us to help others for Him. (from Creative Homeaker)
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.