Latter-day Saint Life

8 Things Every Bishop Wants His Ward Members to Know


The following was written by Michael Meyers for the Ensign.

I had the wonderful opportunity to serve as a bishop. During those years, I learned more lessons than can be enumerated. But I did learn eight truths that I believe are universal. While this list is not all-inclusive, it is my attempt at sharing what every bishop hopes his ward members know.

1. The bishop loves every member of his ward in a very real way.


The love a bishop has for his ward is connected to the love that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have for each of us. When a bishop looks out at the members in a sacrament meeting, compassion and empathy rest upon him in a way unlike anything he has experienced. When a bishop stands up and shares how much he loves his ward members, his feelings are heartfelt and real. Know that your bishop loves you, is concerned about you, and cares about you more than you know.

2. The bishop is physically, emotionally, and spiritually sustained by the faith and prayers of the members.

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