What Can I Learn from Jesus Christ’s Ministry on the American Continent?

Mormon referred to Jesus Christ’s visit to the American continent as a ministry (3 Nephi 10:18-19). What can I learn from the Savior’s activities during that visit which can help me in my ministering efforts?

  1. Even though He was with a very large number of people, the Savior interacted with them as individuals. Immediately after arriving, He invited the people to come forward “one by one” and touch the wounds on His hands, feet, and side (3 Nephi 11:13-15). Later, “he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them” (3 Nephi 17:21). I will follow the Savior by ministering to individuals, not to groups.
  2. He was observant and responsive. After sharing the Sermon on the Mount and teaching them about His “other sheep,” He recognized that they were at a saturation point. He told them to go home and ponder on the words they had received and prepare for His return the following day. Then, He paused and looked at their faces. He could see that they wanted Him to stay longer. So He did (3 Nephi 17:1-7). I will follow the Savior by paying attention to the people around me and responding to their verbal and non-verbal messages.
  3. He relieved pain and suffering. He asked, “Have ye any that are sick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy” (3 Nephi 17:7). I will follow the Savior by finding ways to relieve other people’s pain.
  4. He empowered people. Shortly after descending from heaven, before He began to teach the people, He selected twelve disciples, giving them the authority and the charge to act in His name (3 Nephi 11:18-22). Later, as He taught the children, “he did loose their tongues, and they did speak unto their fathers great and marvelous things, even greater than he had revealed unto the people; and he loosed their tongues that they could utter” (3 Nephi 26:14). We all know that we learn more comprehensively by teaching than by listening to someone else teach. I will follow the Savior by empowering other people to teach and serve effectively.

I’m grateful for the Savior’s example of effective ministering. Today, I will strive to follow His example in my ministering activities by focusing on individuals, paying attention to their needs, relieving suffering where I can, and empowering other people.

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