A few years ago our church changed the practice of “visiting teaching” to “ministering.”
At first I thought that word seemed too formal.
But oh how I’ve grown to love it.
I’ve had the chance to think about ministering so much with my role in the Relief Society (women’s group) of our congregation. (And sometimes, although I have grown to love “ministering” so much, I like to call it “friending” because really, that’s what it is.) Each sister is assigned (if she desires) to minister to (or befriend) another sister or two in the congregation.
My friend related something she read lately about “intentional kindness” rather than “passive kindness.” Ministering is the intentional kind. And that’s a beautiful thing.
I love that when girls turn fourteen they get to start having a formal ministering assignment as well.
What a better “trainer” to befriend and look out for others than a mother?
So, at the beginning of the new year we had a little ministering training for the Young Women and their mothers in our congregation.
We picked the right person for the job, I have to say:
My neighbor Brynne is the ultimate minister in my opinion. Not just to anyone she is assigned to minister to, but to everyone all around.
New neighbors who move in, and those who have been there forever, she knows them. Her family has lifted them. Their kids have been invited over. They feel tangible love.
So of course she did a great job.
She had every person in the room relate a quick experience when they felt love.
As each person told about that love they had felt, the room filled right up with that same love. It was tangible. I love that she helped everyone know that every kind service, big and small, is ministering.
I wish I had thought to take a picture of this room filled up to the brim with mothers and daughters before they left to visit over the brownies in the kitchen:)
It was a good night.
Love really does make the world go around.
As we were trying to think of a “motto” for Relief Society in 2022 we discussed a few different ideas, and then landed on what the leaders of our church have been saying for a while:
LOVE, SHARE, INVITE.
It’s such a beautiful message and goes so well with ministering.
How beautiful if we all LOVED unconditionally.
SHARED our lives and our thoughts, our vulnerabilities and our gifts, our time and our love.
And how much better would life be if we were more free to INVITE others in more. Our neighbors, our friends, and most especially our Savior.
We gave all the women a sticker to put wherever they thought would remind them of those three words:
Because really, that’s what ministering is all about.