We Learned, We Planned, We Served

    “We Learned, We Planned, We Served,” New Era, Apr. 2015, 23

    We Learned, We Planned, We Served

    Caleb Jolley lives in Utah, USA.

    To become more like Christ, our quorum focused on serving others.

    young men with old man

    Photo illustration by Leslie Nilsson

    Last October when my teachers quorum was learning about becoming more Christlike, we served some families in our ward. During the Duty to God lesson that month,* we talked about the many examples of service in Christ’s life. We also read Doctrine and Covenants 20:53, which says that one of a teacher’s priesthood responsibilities is to watch over and strengthen the Church. Together, we thought of some ways we could do this through service.

    For example, as a quorum we mowed our bishop’s lawn. We also visited an elderly man in our ward, which was fun because he told us stories about his life and shared some lessons he’d learned. Both of these experiences made me feel great. As a quorum, we also completed the “Serve Others” section in the Fulfilling My Duty to God booklet. I felt like an instrument in Heavenly Father’s hands, and I felt like I was coming closer to Heavenly Father as we served.

    Service is part of becoming Christlike because Jesus Christ is our perfect example, and He showed us how to serve others. He taught us that when we are serving others, we are also serving Heavenly Father.

    I enjoyed all of the lessons during October because they reminded me that I need to become more Christlike and that I need to look to my Savior as an example. I ended up teaching one of the lessons, and as I was preparing for it, I read a talk by Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He said, “Following Christ is not a casual or occasional practice but a continuous commitment and way of life that applies at all times and in all places” (“Followers of Christ,” Ensign, May 2013, 97). I liked this quote because it teaches us that we should follow Christ and serve always, and now I’m trying to do just that.