I believe the Savior is telling us that unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives. Those who live only for themselves eventually shrivel up and figuratively lose their lives, while those who lose themselves in service to others grow and flourish—and in effect save their lives”.
On another occasion he spoke regarding how we should view our membership in the church:
“May we ever remember that the mantle of membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of
-day Saints is not a cloak of comfort but rather a robe of responsibility. Our duty, in addition to saving ourselves, is to guide others to the celestial kingdom of God.”
We should remember that nothing in this life lasts forever. A loaf of bread will last a week. Agallon of milk will last two. Our clothes will last a couple of years. And our cars will last a few.But let us never forget that the relationships and the bonds that we form with our fellow manwill last throughout this life and onto the next.So how do we go about forging these bonds? The answer is simple: We work together towardthe common good.Spencer W. Kimball elaborates on how the Lord works:
“God does notice us and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs.”
Therefore Brothers and Sisters, the responsibility lies with us to do the Lord’s work. When weare out on the Lord’s errand, it is more likely that we are to fulfill his purposes than if we arehome watching movies or playing video games. Some of us may be struggling to find time to doour home teaching or our visiting teaching. Some of us may excuse ourselves from shirking onour calling by saying that we are simply too busy. The Lord knows our capacity and ourcircumstances. If we desire to serve him and approach him in prayer, he will show us the way tomake time for His work. The answer may be as simple as turning off the TV or asking for adifferent shift at work. Whatever your circumstances, I promise you that if you approach theLord in prayer and desire, he will show you how to accomplish what he has asked you to do.Nephi, if we remember, found himself in difficult circumstances before in obtaining the brassplates from Laban. Nevertheless, we read in 1Ne. 3:7:I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lordgiveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way forthem that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.