6 And now, my beloved son, notwithstanding their hardness, let us labor diligently; for if we should cease to labor, we should be brought under condemnation; for we have a labor to perform whilst in this tabernacle of clay, that we may conquer the enemy of all righteousness, and rest our souls in the kingdom of God.
It is a paradox of the gospel that we find ourselves by losing ourselves. (See Matthew 16:25.) In this passage, Mormon gives his son some practical advice related to this principle: Don’t stop serving others just because they aren’t responding. Even if they never respond, your service is not wasted, because it benefits you.
What a great comfort to remember that the service we render in God’s kingdom helps us to “conquer the enemy of all righteousness” in our own lives, even though that service is focused on other people. Today, I will follow Mormon’s counsel to serve others regardless of how they receive the service I render. I will find peace in choosing to do what is right, regardless of the immediate consequence.