- Our service to others is a demonstration of discipleship and our gratitude and love for God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
She asks what ministering looks like and what exact the Lord expects of us. She gives many examples of what good ministering includes.
- Ministering looks like elders quorum and Relief Society presidencies prayerfully counseling about assignments. Rather than leaders just handing out slips of paper, it looks like counseling about the individuals and families in person as assignments are given to ministering brothers and sisters. It looks like going for a walk, getting together for a game night, offering service, or even serving together. It looks like visiting in person or talking on the phone or chatting online or texting. It looks like delivering a birthday card and cheering at a soccer game. It looks like sharing a scripture or quote from a conference talk that would be meaningful to that individual. It looks like discussing a gospel question and sharing testimony to bring clarity and peace. It looks like becoming part of someone’s life and caring about him or her. It also looks like a ministering interview in which needs and strengths are discussed sensitively and appropriately. It looks like the ward council organizing to respond to a larger need.
Ministering will bring a unity to the ward as coordination between the Relief Society and priesthood quorums fulfill their responsibilities.
- Combining such Relief Society efforts with the now-restructured elders quorum will bring a unity that can yield astonishing results. Ministering becomes one coordinated effort to fulfill the priesthood duty to “visit the house of each member” and to “watch over the church always, and be with and strengthen them,” as well as to achieve the Relief Society purpose to help one another prepare for the blessings of eternal life.
Sister Bingham talks about the amazing revelation that young women will now join in with the Relief Society sisters to participate in the ministering efforts. Young women have a lot to offer to the church and this will be one way for them to participate fully in the ward.
- Another blessing of these inspired announcements is the opportunity for young women ages 14 to 18 to participate in ministering as companions to Relief Society sisters, just as young men their age serve as ministering companions to Melchizedek Priesthood brethren. Youth can share their unique gifts and grow spiritually as they serve alongside adults in the work of salvation. Involving youth in ministering assignments can also increase the reach of Relief Society and elders quorums’ caring for others by increasing the number of members who participate.
- Young women have a natural desire to care and share that could be well directed through ministering in partnership with an adult sister.
All our ministering efforts should be done in the spirit of prayer. We should be seeking to know the Lord's will for us to help others in need. We are coupling with Lord in ministering to His children and we should seek to know what the Lord would have us do.
- No matter our age, when we consider how to minister most effectively, we ask, “What does she [or he] need?” Coupling that question with a sincere desire to serve, we are then led by the Spirit to do what would lift and strengthen the individual.
Sister Bingham concludes with words of encouragement to the worldwide church. She encourages us to seek out those that need support and offer it like the Lord would if He were here.
- After all is said and done, true ministering is accomplished one by one with love as the motivation. The value and merit and wonder of sincere ministering is that it truly changes lives! When our hearts are open and willing to love and include, encourage and comfort, the power of our ministering will be irresistible. With love as the motivation, miracles will happen, and we will find ways to bring our “missing” sisters and brothers into the all-inclusive embrace of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I am most excited about this talk because she talks about the young women being included in the ministering efforts. I have 3 daughters and they have so much to offer. Giving them responsibilities like this will encourage them to think more about the Savior and what they can to do serve God. They will seek to know the Lord's will for them but also for the members of the ward they minister to. I am grateful for a church that recognizes the special attributes that women have and encourages their ministering. Together, we are able to provide great comfort to God's children. As we learn of our ministering efforts, we should realize that ministering is an act of discipleship and that we show our love for the Savior as we serve other people.