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Need a Lift?

The best way to lift yourself is by lifting someone else. Read about a group of men who learned to truly lift someone.

"The more we serve our fellowmen in appropriate ways, the more substance there is to our souls." - President Spencer W. Kimball

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We all know the importance of service, but most of us have not been asked to serve the way the men of one community were asked. An LDS video called “Lift” shows what it means to give true Christ-like service.

The story revolves around a woman with multiple sclerosis. Her body had deteriorated to the point that she was unable to lift herself out of her wheelchair and into bed. The men in the community were asked if they would come to her home every night and provide this service for as long as needed.

This was a tough request. Several men admitted that they didn’t want to help because of the awkwardness of tucking a woman into bed—and the understanding that the needed service had no foreseeable ending date. But one man agreed to serve, even if he was the only one. Because of his example, others also signed up to help.

After more than seven years of service, the men involved have learned what it means to serve as the Savior would. Their comments include the following:

“I needed healing. And that’s what service does. . . . She’s lifted me in so many ways.”

“I can’t believe that I thought that this was a burden.”

They have learned the truth of Mosiah 2:17: “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.”

Each of us has daily opportunities to serve. Most of the time the service is a one-time offering requiring little sacrifice. But what if it required more? Could we give continual, never-ending service? When would we throw in the towel and say enough? Jesus Christ taught us how to serve when he shared the parable of the good Samaritan. Just as the good Samaritan served when it wasn’t convenient, these men also sacrificed convenience for the sake of serving someone in need. They understood that by serving others we serve God.

Watch the video “Lift” to see the whole story.

Source: LDS Media Library

—Phyllis Rosen, Mormon Insights

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Find more insights

Watch a video about the good Samaritan.

For more information, read Elder D. Todd Christofferson‘s talk “Saving Your Life” given at a CES devotional.

Take a look at President Thomas S. Monson‘s conference address from 1989 called  ”Service That Counts.”

Read more on service in the New Era article “President Kimball Speaks Out on Service to Others.”

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