Mormon Channel Blog

Discovering Spiritual Strength through Selfless Service

July 15, 2015

Have you ever felt happier and stronger after you served someone? You are not alone. God gives each of us opportunities to serve His other children in need. When we do, promised blessings come.

God sent us His son, Jesus Christ, to be our Savior and example in all things. His life was completely focused on selfless service. Following in Christ’s footsteps doesn’t just strengthen us spiritually; it has a cleansing effect on us. Serving as Christ served, no matter how big or small our acts of service are, reminds us that our physical strengths and talents, our time, and our possessions do not really belong to us. These gifts are from God. He wants us to share them, not keep them to ourselves.

Sister Linda K. Burton asked a great question for us to consider as we go about serving and trying to be like Christ.

She said, “If we … ask, ‘Am I doing this for the Savior, or am I doing this for me?’ our service will more likely resemble the ministry of the Savior. The Savior asked, and so should we, ‘What will ye that I shall do unto you?’”

By participating in service projects or performing small acts of kindness every day, we show the Lord we are truly converted to His gospel.

Sister Ellen W. Smoot said, “When we are truly converted, our focus shifts from self to others. We can find inner strength through service. … Service will help us stay on course.”

President Thomas S. Monson put it simply when he also said, “Spiritual strength comes through selfless service.”

When we follow the perfect example of Jesus Christ and the teachings of our leaders about serving others, we will discover our own spiritual strength and enjoy a life of true and lasting happiness.