The ministry of the Savior exemplifies the two great commandments: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” and “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:37, 39). When we serve our neighbors, we demonstrate our love to Heavenly Father: “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God” (Mosiah 2:17).
A Service Missionary Handbook is given to every service missionary who is called. The handbook gives counsel and guidance about topics such as commitment to serving the Lord, personal conduct, and daily schedule. Before beginning the service mission, missionaries should carefully review the handbook with their parents and stake president.
A service mission can be both joyous and stressful. Hard work and service are proven tools in managing worry, despair, and weariness. They are essential for anyone engaged in the Lord’s work, both during and after missionary service. But hard work and service alone are not your only tools. Other resources are professional help, priesthood blessings, counsel from experienced adults, and Adjusting to Service Missionary Life: Resource Booklet. The Lord will help you develop skills and attitudes to help you succeed as you serve and minister to others.
Service missions complement teaching missions by allowing others to experience God’s love through receiving Christlike service. Now more than ever, young women and men who have a desire to serve will be given the opportunity to further the work of the Lord as a missionary. This will be a great blessing to the missionaries, to their families, and to those they serve.