The Importance of Service

By Ryan

All of us seem to have a common goal: to be happy. People generally think this will come from having the newest gadget or driving the fastest car. However, this is not the truth. These material things will only leave us happy for a time, but not for long.

So what can we do to become truly happy? The answer comes through service. Not the service you receive, but the service you give to others. Growing up, my father was an excellent example of service to me. He would find opportunities to give service to others, and, to my annoyance, he brought me along. He  constantly helped move people in and out of their houses, mow lawns, and cleared snow off of sidewalks for those in our neighborhood who couldn’t. He would even go to our church house and clear snow off of the sidewalks there before anyone arrived. For a long time, I didn’t understand why he wanted to do these things. However, as I was able to help him serve more and more, I began to feel joy in helping others and grew to love the ones I served. Although I was never really excited about it at first, it was always an amazing experience afterwards and I grew to love it.

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we are counseled to seek opportunities to serve others. By doing this, we can feel an increased sense of love for the ones we serve, and come closer to Christ. The sacrifices we make for the ones we serve will make us feel happier. I encourage you to look for ways to serve those around you. During this holiday season, service is needed more than ever. Whenever you see someone in need, don’t hesitate to help them. I promise you will not regret the decision and you will be immediately blessed. When you give service, you will appreciate those around you and what you have. I know that by giving service you will experience more joy and happiness in your life.

This article has 5 comments

  1. Jenny Orchard Reply

    Great post, Ryan. Your service has blessed my family. This is such a great reminder to all of us to turn outward this holiday season and always.

  2. Kim Johansen Reply

    There is a pure and simple truth in a song we learned as children;
    When we’re helping we’re happy !
    I know this to be true. This is the blessing of service.

  3. Jill Duncan Reply

    Ryan, our family appreciates your example of service! Your dad is constantly, silently serving and we notice you following his footsteps. Thank you for teaching us in so many ways.

  4. Marilyn Barlow Reply

    I love that you learned this principle through your father’s example. I bet this is not the only thing you have learned from him. Loving parents are such a blessing and an obedient son is a great reward. Thanks for your post. it has helped me reflect on those lessons I have learned from my parents and certainly service was one of the great lessons I was taught.

  5. Kim Alexander Reply

    Beautifully said! Thank you for sharing and reminding us that service is the key to happiness. I feel honored just to know you Ryan, you are an amazing young man.

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