“He Must Needs Go Through Samaria”

Jesus had to travel through Samaria so He could talk with the woman at the well, not because there were no alternate routes. God places us in circumstances which allow us to bless individual people, and we need to act on those opportunities when they come

A Physician

"They that be whole need not a physician," said Jesus, "but they that are sick." Then He added, "I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance" (Matthew 9:12-13, Mark 2:17, Luke 5:31-32). The prophet Mormon used the same metaphor to explain to his son Moroni why small children do not need to be baptized: Listen to the... Continue Reading →


King David declared, "The Lord is my shepherd" (Psalm 23:1). Jesus said, "I am the good shepherd" (John 10:11), and He enlisted the help of His disciples in watching over His sheep. After His death and resurrection, three times in a row, He directed His senior apostle, Peter, "Feed my sheep" (John 21:15-17). Who are... Continue Reading →


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... Continue Reading →

What Can I Learn About Ministering from Alma?

After Alma baptized about 200 people at the waters of Mormon, he organized them into a church and gave them instructions about to serve one another. Here are some of the principles I've learned from Alma's instructions: "Preach nothing save it were repentance and faith on the Lord, who had redeemed his people" (Mosiah 18:20).... Continue Reading →

What Is the Ministering of Angels?

When John the Baptist appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, he told them that the Aaronic Priesthood held "the keys of the ministering of angels" (Joseph Smith—History 1:69). What does that mean? In the Book of Mormon, there are many references to the ministering of angels. Nephi and his brother Jacob both tell us... Continue Reading →

What Does It Mean to Minister?

When a rift developed among the apostles over the question of who would be greatest in the kingdom of heaven, Jesus called them together to teach them about leadership: Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be... Continue Reading →

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