Mormon Messages

Unselfish Service


The Savior has taught us to follow His example and serve others.


    [PIANO] 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. President Thomas S. Monson taught BYU students that their student days should include the matter of spiritual preparation, including service to others.

    Perhaps when we face our maker, we will not be asked how many positions did you hold, but rather how many people did you help? In reality, President Monson concluded you can never love the Lord until you serve Him by serving His people.

    A familiar example of losing ourselves in the service of others is the sacrifice parents make for their children. Mothers suffer pain and loss of personal priorities and comforts to bear and rear each child. Fathers adjust their lives and priorities to support a family. We also rejoice in those who care for disabled family members and aged parents.

    None of this service asks, what's in it for me? All of it requires setting aside personal convenience for unselfish service. All of this illustrates the eternal principle that we are happier and more fulfilled when we act and serve for what we give, not for what we get.

    Our Savior teaches us to follow Him by making the sacrifices necessary to lose ourselves in unselfish service to others.