I Will Be His Servant


“Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day” (D&C 4:2).

I Will Be His Servant

Ammon, a great Nephite missionary, went to the land of the Lamanites to “declare unto them the word of God” (Alma 17:12). When Ammon entered the land, the Lamanites bound him and took him to the king. The king asked Ammon if he wanted to dwell in the land. Ammon asked the king if he could be his servant.

Ammon served the king with all his heart, might, mind, and strength. He showed love to the people. He used his power to protect the king’s sheep and servants. He used his mind to learn the gospel and share it with the king. He used his strength to be firm and steadfast in living the gospel. (See Alma 17–18.)

The words of the Primary song “I Will Be Valiant” (Children’s Songbook, 162) remind us to be like Ammon.

The Lord needs valiant servants,
To do his work in the latter day,
Who follow the teachings of Jesus
And serve his people in a loving way.

We can learn to serve others as Ammon did. We can show love to those around us, especially our family and friends. We can use our energy to do good things, such as being kind or helping. We can use our minds to learn the gospel by reading the scriptures and listening to our parents and teachers. We can choose to be firm and steadfast in doing what is right.

I will be his servant
And keep my cov’nants valiantly.
I’ll stand for truth. I’ll stand for right.
The Lord can depend on me.

Activity

Cut out the ovals, and glue them together back-to-back. Cut out the four rectangles, fold them in half, and glue the backs together to make squares. Cut out the circle for the top of the mobile, and punch holes where indicated. Attach a photo or draw a picture of yourself in the oval frame. Punch a hole at the top of the oval picture frame and in each of the four squares. Use string or yarn to complete the mobile. Hang the mobile where it will remind you to serve the Lord and others.

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Ammon Defends the Flocks of King Lamoni, by Arnold Friberg; background © Corbis

I will be the Lord’s servant

Heart Might Mind Strength

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Sharing Time Ideas

  1. 1.

    Prepare a list of Sabbath-day activities for children to role-play (see Primary 6, lesson 20, enrichment activity 3, p. 87). Read Doctrine and Covenants 4:2, and remind the children that we serve with our heart, might, mind, and strength. One way we can serve is by keeping the Sabbath day holy. Give each class an activity to role-play for the other children. Following each role play, ask the children to identify how the activity helps them serve with their heart, might, mind, and strength. Repeat as time allows. Give each child a piece of paper and a pencil or crayon. Ask the children to draw a way they can serve God by doing things on the Sabbath that will help them feel close to Heavenly Father. Bear testimony of how keeping the Sabbath day holy is a way to serve Heavenly Father.

  2. 2.

    Show Gospel Art Picture Kit 307 (King Benjamin Addresses His People), and share the story of King Benjamin. Invite the children to look up Mosiah 2:17. Remind the children that this scripture is one that King Benjamin taught his people. Read the scripture together. Discuss how we serve Heavenly Father when we serve others. Refer to Doctrine and Covenants 4:2, and remind the children that we should serve with our heart, might, mind, and strength. Have the pianist play a song or hymn. Give each class a small ball or soft object to hand to one another as the music plays. When the music stops, ask the children with the objects to share a way they could serve someone. Continue to allow all children a chance to share ideas. Bear testimony that when we serve others we are serving Heavenly Father.