“The greatest lesson we can learn in mortality is that when God speaks and we obey, we will always be right.”
President Thomas S. Monson, First Counselor in the First Presidency, “Models to Follow,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2002, 61.
April 14, 1832:Brigham Young and his wife, Miriam, were baptized in a pond in New York.
April 1853:Missionary work began in South Africa.
April 1, 1898:Lucy Jane Brimhall and Amanda Inez Knight, the first single sister missionaries, were called to serve as full-time missionaries to England.
April 26, 1964: In Tokyo Elder Gordon B. Hinckley, then of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, dedicated the first Latter-day Saint meetinghouse in Asia.
April 1–2, 2000: General conference was held for the first time in the nearly completed Conference Center.
“It’s great to combine learning a skill with fulfilling a Personal Progress project and serving a member of the ward,” said one of the young women of the Exeter Ward, Plymouth England Stake. The young women made a quilt for Sister Etta Cunningham, an aging ward member who was then suffering from cancer. The girls enjoyed the project as they learned a lot about piecing quilts. They also learned about having compassion for their elders.
Before Sister Cunningham passed away, she sent the girls a thank-you note, which they now keep in their Young Women book of remembrance.
As Jesus ministered to those around Him, He lifted the needy, gave hope to the discouraged, and sought out the lost. By His actions He showed people that He loved, understood, and appreciated them. Here are some ways we can follow the Savior’s example and minister to others during group activities:
See others as the Savior would see them.
Mingle with everyone, not just close friends.
Give everyone a chance to join in the conversation and feel part of the group.
Make an effort to learn something new about someone. This effort will require asking questions and then listening.
Share with others positive things you know about someone.
Call people by their names.
Make an effort to help others feel valued by expressing sincere encouragement and appreciation.
“Your influence, your example can be a determining factor in someone’s conversion to or lack of interest in the message of the restoration of the gospel. Watch your physical appearance, your thoughts, your language, your actions.”
Elder Charles Didier of the Presidency of the Seventy, “The Power of Example,” Tambuli, June 1980, 36; New Era, Oct. 1978, 5.