Amulek gave up many things when he accepted the call to serve alongside Alma. He left behind “all his gold and silver, and his precious things.” He also gave up relationships with friends and with family, including his own father. He was now homeless, so Alma “took him into his own house, and did administer unto him in his tribulations, and strengthened him in the Lord” (Alma 15:17).
I’ve been thinking today about what it means to minister. (I think the term “administer,” as it’s used in this verse is synonymous with “minister.” In the New Testament, the word “administer,” where it occurs, is a translation of the Greek word diakoneó (διακονέω), which is usually translated “minister” or “serve.”)
The website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints defines “ministering” as “learning of and attending to others’ needs” (“What Is Ministering?“).
Sister Jean B. Bingham has reminded us that most of the time, ministering involves small acts of service:
Sometimes we think we have to do something grand and heroic to “count” as serving our neighbors. Yet simple acts of service can have profound effects on others—as well as on ourselves. What did the Savior do? Through His supernal gifts of the Atonement and Resurrection—which we celebrate on this beautiful Easter Sunday—“none other has had so profound an influence [on] all who have lived and who will yet live upon the earth.” But He also smiled at, talked with, walked with, listened to, made time for, encouraged, taught, fed, and forgave. He served family and friends, neighbors and strangers alike, and He invited acquaintances and loved ones to enjoy the rich blessings of His gospel. Those “simple” acts of service and love provide a template for our ministering today.“Ministering as the Savior Does,” General Conference, April 2018
Today, I will find ways to minister to others. I will pray to understand how I can serve others, including my own family. I will also remember that small acts of service can be impactful and meaningful.