Ministering

November 18, 2021 10:00 AM MST
Looking for a simple and inexpensive way to let your ministering friends and families know you’re thinking of them this holiday season? Check out some of these great gift ideas.
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February 03, 2021 07:25 PM MST
In several spots in scripture, God promises that “as ye keep the commandments, ye shall prosper in the land.”
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November 25, 2020 10:34 PM MST
Before President Russell M. Nelson’s challenge to turn social media into our own gratitude journals, there were dozens of lists online of things to be grateful for in the year 2020. Since his invitation, millions of ideas have been added by those using #GiveThanks. But there are a few spiritual things that I think we have become more grateful for this year, as we have either relied on them more or had to do without them. Everyone’s list will look a little different depending on personal circumstances, but here are a few things that I think many of us have come to appreciate more than ever this year (in no particular order).
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March 28, 2020 11:00 AM MDT
This story was originally published on LDS Living in November 2018.
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By  LDS Living
October 25, 2019 11:23 AM MDT
While traveling with Sister Becky Craven in the Pacific, Sister Sharon Eubank came across a story in the newspaper that perfectly illustrates what it means to minister to our fellow brothers and sisters: "Chris the Sheep." While traveling through New Zealand and Australia sheep country, Sister Eubank posted:
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September 26, 2019 09:09 AM MDT
On one of my visits to the Hawaiian island of Moloka‘i to work on the book The Way of Aloha: Moloka‘i, I was invited to ride a mule down the largest sea cliffs in the world to visit the leper colony of Kalaupapa. From 1866 to 1969, more than 8,000 people diagnosed with leprosy were quarantined to Kalaupapa. The small peninsula of Kalaupapa on Moloka‘i was chosen because of its extreme isolation. The peninsula is surrounded by rough water on three sides and large sea cliffs on its fourth.
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September 14, 2019 01:00 PM MDT
At 2:49 pm on January 13, 2019, I got the call no parent wants to receive. It was the bishop’s wife: “Your daughter has been in an accident.” My daughter Erynn, barely 18, was in a car with three other girls, all members of the Laurel class presidency. On their way to welcome a new girl to the ward, the car she was riding in pulled out of the neighborhood and was struck by an oncoming truck, causing injuries to all four girls. Arriving at the scene before paramedics, I was relieved to see them still seated in the car with their eyes open, despite looking very shaken. Unfortunately, my relief was short-lived. Although she appeared unharmed, Erynn would not respond to questions or commands. At the hospital, we were informed that she had a massive compressive skull fracture and bleeding on the brain. She would require immediate surgery.
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August 20, 2019 02:04 PM MDT
Escarly Albujar had only five months left to finish her missionary service in La Paz, Bolivia, when doctors found a football-sized tumor in the middle of her lungs. Her life took a bigger turn for the worse when she heard the news that she would have to leave her mission to return immediately to her home country of Peru for treatment.
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August 05, 2019 10:38 PM MDT
In the face of tragedy, President Hinckley “took the grieving family members in his warm embrace and wept with them.” Learn how his loving response led to the conversion of one woman and impacted a community by clicking the link below.
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July 23, 2019 09:04 AM MDT
Earlier this year, I was in a really rough spot. I was going through some parenting stuff that consumed my mind, body, and spirit. One day, after dropping my kids at school, I sat in a parking lot praying, crying, and searching for answers. It was the out loud kind of cry, the shake your whole body kind of cry, the kind of cry that comes with words hurled to heaven. I really wanted the Lord to just fix things for me, maybe wave a magic wand or something, but I have enough experience to know that isn’t the way things work. So instead, I begged him to please send me someone I could talk to who would understand.
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By  LDS Living
June 05, 2019 02:45 PM MDT
As the prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Nelson often ministers to tens of thousands of people at a time.
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By  Emily Abel
May 22, 2019 12:41 PM MDT
"I got a new ministering companion and was so excited when I learned that I had been paired with a celebrity in our ward," Sharon Eubank said in a video she shared on her Facebook page.
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April 27, 2019 01:10 PM MDT
Our son is 20 years old and hasn't been baptized—there is a "not accountable" on his church records. Nathan has autism and is minimally verbal. We have another son who is high-functioning on the autism spectrum, and he is now a priest and helps bless the sacrament.
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March 14, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
When tragedy hits, it is human nature to want to help. We bring food; we do laundry; we offer childcare. We want to connect! Some people do this through service; others do it through commiseration. We often feel the need to relate to the person suffering by sharing our own experiences.
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March 07, 2019 12:00 PM MST
If you would like to help displaced members and residents of Paradise affected by the Camp Fire, donations of travel trailers (not motorhomes) are being collected at Stewart's RV in American Fork, Utah.
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January 29, 2019 10:59 PM MST
Shortly after the special announcement by President Russell M. Nelson that we would now be “ministering” instead of “home teaching” and “visiting teaching,” a concern came over me that the words “minister” and “ministering” may become commonplace, no longer representing a depth of sacred spirituality. Those terms have always brought feelings of reverence and sacredness within me. In my mind, these terms represent the greatest of all ministers—our Savior—and His miraculous work. I began to review my life for what I had learned of ministering and how these acts draw us upward toward a life in Christ.
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January 14, 2019 01:06 PM MST
Two months after the Camp Fire savagely claimed an entire community here, President Russell M. Nelson surveyed the ashes of Paradise on Sunday and spoke to the community’s Latter-day Saint residents about loss — his and theirs.
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December 25, 2018 10:01 PM MST
If there’s one dependable sign that it’s Christmas, it’s the sudden appearance of poinsettias in every display window and on every piece of Christmas decor. Our office here at LDS Living recently had some of these festive plants appear in the lobby of each floor of our building. However, after only a week of being placed there, when I came in on Monday after the weekend, I noticed that the poor plant on our floor was looking very . . . limp. I immediately thought, “Oh, they must have forgotten to water it over the weekend.” I immediately poured a bit of water into the dying plant, feeling good that I had helped save our living Christmas symbol.
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December 18, 2018 02:10 PM MST
Twenty-six years ago, in what Matt Nerdin terms "a moment of self-doubt and frustration," he ran away from the Provo Missionary Training Center in the early hours of the morning. After reaching the freeway, Nerdin had one "scary, prayer-filled" hitchhiking encounter before receiving a lift from a young Latter-day Saint father.
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December 01, 2018 11:39 AM MST
It’s 7 a.m. I grab my phone and head downstairs for a bowl of shredded Mini-Wheats. As I pour the milk, my phone lights up. I have just received a video message from my mom. Without worrying about my bedhead and puffy eyes, I tap on the screen and see my mom’s smiling face from two states away, wishing me good morning. The message is not long, maybe a minute or two. But I feel connected, and it makes me smile.
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November 13, 2018 02:58 PM MST
“It’s amazing how the members are coming together and supporting one another,” said Bishop Robert Harrison.
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November 08, 2018 06:00 PM MST
The Washington Post recently featured a touching story of how ward members help one of their neighbors into bed every single night. In 2015, the Mormon Channel created a video about Kathy Felt and all those who are helping to lift her:
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November 02, 2018 12:40 PM MDT
Since President Nelson announced the end of home and visiting teaching, Church members have been asked to thoughtfully and prayerfully serve their brothers and sisters by ministering to them. This holier approach is designed to bring ward members closer and to help them be in tune with what their assigned families need.
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October 05, 2018 12:03 PM MDT
I would like to opine today on “the practice formerly known as home teaching, or visiting teaching.” Why not, everyone else has, and my thoughts, for what they are worth, can be as carefully disregarded as everyone else’s.
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September 27, 2018 09:29 AM MDT
Latter-day Saints were blown away last general conference by the whirlwind of changes and announcements that took place. But that was just a small taste of what we've been experiencing these past six months. Here are the changes that have happened since last general conference that prove our Church is a living Church directed by the Lord's chosen messenger today.
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September 14, 2018 09:04 AM MDT
Among the exciting changes to the way we minister is who we get to minister with. Young women ages 14 and up can now serve as ministering sisters with the Relief Society. This seems a long time coming, as the young men have had the opportunity to serve in this capacity for many years now.
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August 11, 2018 02:00 PM MDT
Most of us are well acquainted with the responsibilities of service. I am sure many of you have baked cookies until your spatulas melted or baby-sat your neighbor's children until your brains sputtered. Occasionally when I am in such situations I fear my fatigue will slip into resentment, and then I wonder if being stretched so thin may not only prevent my developing new charity but actually diminish the supply I thought I had. I have learned, however, that though we may not have a completely willing heart every time we serve, such service molds our heart, blesses us, and does enlarge our capacity to give. We must remember, too, during periods of our lives in which we feel that all we can do is keep our own immediate circle of families or friends afloat, that emotional and spiritual service to others can sometimes be as important as physical acts.
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August 10, 2018 09:01 AM MDT
This change in how we minister allows us to really focus on the individual and personal needs of the sisters we are stewards over. But how can we know what their needs are? I posed this question during the recent Relief Society class discussion. A sister raised her hand high before I had even finished speaking. “Ask her,” she said plainly.
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August 01, 2018 08:51 AM MDT
Visiting teaching. In years past, these two words spoken in any Relief Society gathering evoked a myriad of conflicting emotions. Joy. Guilt. Gratitude. Annoyance. Peace. Guilt. Excitement. Frustration. Love. Guilt. Some loved the watchcare program set forth nearly 200 years ago—others, not so much. And most of us, whether we loved it or not, have carried some guilt associated with it. But now, no more guilt, and as of April 1, 2018, no more visiting teaching.
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July 28, 2018 02:00 PM MDT
Just as the sun was coming up on a brisk, spring morning in 1963, I headed to the stake center to meet my priests' quorum adviser. It was Saturday and, oh, how I longed to be almost anywhere but digging weeds at the church. I was pretty much a normal 16-year-old kid, totally into myself and involved with countless activities.
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July 22, 2018 10:50 PM MDT
"It's traumatic," ward member Rich Hutchings said about the shooting at an LDS church on Sunday. "I feel so bad for the Miller family. Bert's been 100 percent active all his life and a good servant, and he's never done anything wrong in his life. It's just shocking today could turn into something like this."
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July 20, 2018 06:13 PM MDT
One of my friends recently asked me in bewilderment, “Where did my visiting teachers go?” From the time her husband passed away, they had been so caring and attentive, but since the announcement of the new ministering program at the general conference in April 2018, she hasn’t seen hide nor hair of them.
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July 13, 2018 08:00 AM MDT
I wonder if, when Paul penned the immortal words, “charity never faileth” (1 Corinthians 13:8) he had any idea it would be the mantra and motto for millions and millions of women nearly 2,000 years later. Probably not. Yet is it. It’s the theme of Relief Society. It is the greatest commandment. Mormon taught that charity, “is the pure love of Christ” (Moroni 7:47). That sounds beautiful, doesn’t it? But he also said that without it, we are nothing (See Moroni 7:46).
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June 29, 2018 01:49 PM MDT
What a powerful testament of how even small acts of kindness can bolster those who most need to feel the love of the Lord in their lives: "On one particularly difficult Sunday, I was feeling invisible and unimportant. I felt that I didn’t belong in a ward with so many “normal” families. So as soon as I led my children to their Primary classes, I found myself walking toward the exit. I didn’t know where I would go; I just wanted to disappear. But before I could slip away, a kind brother in my ward put his arm around me. . . ."
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June 29, 2018 09:14 AM MDT
The phrases “teaching in the Savior's way” and “ministering in the Savior's way” have always confused me. I understand the programs, and how they represent the way Jesus wants us to teach and minister, but I have frequently asked myself, how did Jesus do it Himself? What was His way of teaching and ministering during His mortal ministry? His teaching seemed mostly by way of parables and rebukes to the Pharisees. His ministering seemed mostly by miracles, healings, and casting out devils. The example of what Jesus actually did wasn’t helping me see what it was I was supposed to do.
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By  Zack Oates
June 12, 2018 06:32 PM MDT
With the change from home and visiting teaching to “ministering,” I’ve heard many people say that it is really just the same thing with a new name.
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June 08, 2018 05:44 PM MDT
As Sister Eubank so beautifully and succinctly stated in October 2017, ministering to our sisters is about doing what she needs. We no longer have a monthly visit to check off our list. It’s not about not finding time the entire month then dropping off a card and a treat on the last day of the month with a doorstep apology. It’s not about our checklist. It’s not about our efforts, it’s about them being ministered to. It’s not about our performance, but about their needs.
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June 04, 2018 03:59 PM MDT
If you are looking for inspiration for how to go about your ministering assignments, then you should take a look at theses ministering principles published in the Ensign and Liahona each month.
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May 16, 2018 12:56 PM MDT
In a recent notice sent to priesthood, Relief Society, Young Women, and Young Men leaders on May 11, the Church answered frequently asked questions about ministering and changes to priesthood quorums, whichare also posted on ministering.lds.org.
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May 11, 2018 08:51 AM MDT
As a newly called Relief Society president, I felt the weight of the needs of the sisters in my ward. I prayed fervently for direction, peace, wisdom, and strength. I wanted to give every sister everything they needed. It was a heavy and sacred privilege. But, one that I learned wasn’t mine.
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May 03, 2018 08:38 PM MDT
During the BYU Women's Conference on May 3, Sisters Sharon Eubank and Reyna Aburto, counselors in the general Relief Society presidency, discussed ways we can overcome our differences in the Church and better minister to one another. These acts of love and reaching can be simple, they taught, and more creative than we might realize.
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April 30, 2018 03:57 PM MDT
When I think of ministering in the Church, my hope is that each one of us can have a taste of this kind of sisterhood—whatever our age, our situation, or our need. I hope that each one of us can feel the comfort that comes from knowing that someone understands and loves us.
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April 22, 2018 10:22 PM MDT
Visiting teaching. In years past, these two words spoken in any Relief Society gathering a evoked a myriad of conflicting emotions. Joy. Guilt. Gratitude. Annoyance. Peace. Guilt. Excitement. Frustration. Love. Guilt. Some loved the watchcare program set forth nearly two hundred years ago. Others, not so much. And most, whether you love it or not, have carried some guilt associated with it. Because that’s what we women do. When we don’t live up to the expectations of ourselves or others, we feel guilty. But now no more. No more guilt, and as of April 1st, 2018, no more visiting teaching.
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April 16, 2018 01:30 PM MDT
The Church has released several new videos on ministering.lds.orgto help Church members better understand this new principle. Additional resources will be released soon.
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April 13, 2018 03:33 PM MDT
Troy Van Meter grew up attending The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He learned the Primary songs, made a few friends, and did the usual dance as time waltzed by.
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April 11, 2018 02:08 PM MDT
Elder Neil L. Andersen spoke to BYU students this week on what it means to minister.
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April 01, 2018 06:28 PM MDT
The following is from Mormon Newsroom. We will keep you updated with more information as it becomes available:
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March 16, 2018 03:53 PM MDT
A note at the bottom of the First Presidency Message in the online April edition of the Ensign shared an important message with readers—monthly First Presidency messages in the magazine are changing.
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March 10, 2018 11:00 AM MST
I’m convinced that every sister in the Church has a best friend in her ward or branch that she hasn’t made yet.
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By  LDS Living
March 05, 2018 06:37 PM MST
Prayer is a powerful tool; it is a way for us to invite the Spirit into our lives so that we may know how to bless the lives of those around us. Through prayer, we can ask that our neighbors and our Church leaders be blessed. This month’s visiting teaching principle and First Presidency message invite us to consider ways that prayer can help us minister to our assigned families and prepare for the upcoming general conference.
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By  LDS Living
February 06, 2018 10:00 PM MST
Each Sunday, when we take the sacrament, we remember our covenants, our promise to mourn with those who mourn and to comfort those who stand in need of comfort (Mosiah 18:9). This month’s visiting teaching principle and First Presidency message encourage us to remember our Savior as we keep our covenants and get to know those we teach.
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By  LDS Living
January 24, 2018 08:37 PM MST
This month’s visiting teaching principle and First Presidency message remind us that in our quest to better ourselves, we need to remember to prayerfully minister to others with love and to rely on the Atonement when we mess up.
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By  LDS Living
December 01, 2017 09:25 AM MST
This month's messages remind us of the Savior, His birth, and the Spirit of Christ, which we can invite into our life not only during the Christmas season but for the whole year.
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November 09, 2017 02:33 PM MST
“Visiting teaching is genuine caring; it is compassionate service. It is making the bishop and the Relief Society president aware of the needs of the sisters that they visit.” —Sister Jean B. Bingham
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By  LDS Living
November 03, 2017 11:56 AM MDT
Editor's note: The following responses have been edited for length and clarity.
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By  LDS Living
November 02, 2017 03:20 PM MDT
For this month's visiting and home teaching messages, focus on ministering to those you teach. Pick a message from April general conference to share. You may even consider bringing a copy of the general conference issue of the Ensign or Liahona to share with them. Here are a few talks that stood out to us to help you get started.
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October 19, 2017 07:13 PM MDT
Exciting changes are happening for visiting teaching messages in 2018 that will help sisters focus on the needs of those they minister to.
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By  LDS Living
October 05, 2017 04:22 PM MDT
This month's visiting teaching and First Presidency messages emphasize how we can be true disciples of Christ by serving and loving all and reminds us to draw close to Him.
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September 11, 2017 02:52 PM MDT
We've all been there. Time gets away from us and before we know it, it's the last day of the month—the last day for visiting teaching.
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By  LDS Living
September 01, 2017 06:19 PM MDT
This month's messages remind us of the importance of living prophets and what it means to be "of one heart."
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