Why is it important to serve others?

Dallin H. Oaks

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

From “Unselfish Service,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2009, 93–96.


Dallin H. Oaks
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shares some thoughts on this subject.

Why is it important to serve others?

In partaking of the sacrament each week, we witness our commitment to serve the Lord and our fellowmen.

Our Savior gave Himself in unselfish service. He taught that each of us should follow Him by denying ourselves of selfish interests in order to serve others.

We are happier and more fulfilled when we act and serve for what we give, not for what we get.

Jesus taught that we who follow Him should be precious and unique, to shine forth to all men.

Illustrations by Steve Kropp