You are prayerfully considered by our Presidency and Bishopric on who you are paired with to minister with and who you both could help and benefit from by ministering to those assigned to you.
What is Ministering?
Ministering is learning of and attending to others' needs. It is doing the Lord's work. When we minister, we are representing Jesus Christ and acting as His agents to watch over, lift, and strengthen those around us. As members, we may determine through communication and inspiration the frequency and type of contact we will have with those to whom we minister. This customized contact will help us minister effectively and counsel quarterly with leaders regarding the needs of the individuals and families in our care.
What can I do?
The ways in which we can love and minister to one another are limitless. Every child of God is unique; therefore, effective ministering must be highly individualized and led by the Spirit. What works for one may not work for another. Leaders have encouraged church members to begin ministering with prayer, keep it simple, and learn what works best for those they are called to serve. Ministering today no longer requires a formal visit. Interaction can take place at home, at church, or in any setting that is safe and convenient. Sister Jean B. Bingham said, "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 with ourselves. In ministering efforts, we can take advantage of the many tools at our disposal. As Elder D. Todd Christofferson said, "We have many means of contacting people to look after their welfare and help them on this path of returning to their Father in Heaven. ... What works? What's needed?"
As we commit to being flexible and then prayerfully consider how to best love and serve others, we will be blessed with the inspiration and knowledge we need to minister as the Savior did.
It is a wonderful opportunity to get to know your Sisters and be able to offer charity. We all have experienced hardships. By having those experiences, we can share how Heavenly Father helped us through those times. Or maybe the women you visit are doing great and you are there to share their joy. When you schedule a monthly visit, you can be creative, whatever the Holy Spirit guides you to do and share a wonderful message to strengthen and encourage. Plus, Heavenly Father will bless you for your efforts.
By ministering, you will grow more in the gospel and it will strengthen your testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ.