Why does the Church put such an emphasis on service? Why can’t we just have fun?
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“Why does the Church put such an emphasis on service? Why can’t we just have fun?” New Era, July 2010, 23

Why does the Church put such an emphasis on service? Why can’t we just have fun?

The gospel of Jesus Christ places great emphasis on helping our fellowmen. It is not enough to sympathize with someone in need—it is our responsibility to act. “Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22).

The Savior taught, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40), and King Benjamin taught that “when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God” (Mosiah 2:17). Serving others shows our dedication to the Lord and to the well-being of His children.

Service doesn’t just help others. It can also lead to our own spiritual growth. When we serve in callings and do other service, we not only strengthen others but also become better people.1

What’s more, service can be a lot of fun if you approach it with the right attitude. Think of your talents and skills and how you can use them to help others. Individual service is rewarding, and you can also enjoy serving with friends! Gather a group of people together, and brainstorm how you can serve in a new and creative way. You’ll be amazed at how fulfilling service can be.