The following is the talk Ammon gave in Church as his "Missionary Talk." He found all the resources, quotes and scriptures. I helped him organize it. His testimony at the end are his exact words. I thought this was pretty impressive.
By Elder Clark
Good morning brothers and sisters. I would like
to begin my talk first of all with a quote from a General Conference
address given by Elder David L. Beck in April 2013 entitled Your Sacred
Duty to Minister to Others.
every day. Opportunities are all around you. Look for them. Ask the
Lord to help you recognize them. You will find that most consist of
small, sincere acts that help others become followers of Jesus Christ.
I would like to talk a
little bit about service and why it’s important and how we can do it.
As Elder Beck said, we should be serving in one way or another every
day. The acts of service don’t have to be huge and time-consuming. They
should just be thoughtful things you do throughout your day. Elder Beck
gives us more ideas of how to minister. He said, Start in your own
home. This is where you can do your most important ministering.
He then suggested a great way for young people to minister. Quote:
you want to try an interesting experiment? The next time your mother
asks for your help around the house, say something like, “Thank you for
asking, Mom. I would love to help.” Then watch her reaction. Some of you
might want to brush up on your first aid skills before you try this.
You may send her into shock. After you revive her, you’ll find a
noticeable improvement in your relationship with her and an increase of
the Spirit in your home.
That’s just one way to minister to your
family; there are many others. You minister as you speak kind words to
family members. You minister as you treat your siblings like your best
We, as priesthood holders also have a duty to minister
in our quorums. One of the kindest ways to serve and minister is to
sincerely care about our quorum members. We need to pay attention to
their activity and their needs and do our best to support them.
Mosiah 2:17, King Benjamin said, “And behold, I tell you these things
that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the
service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God."
you noticed that when we talk about missionaries that go out into the
world we say they are “serving” in certain locations? Why do we use the
term serve? Because missionaries are trying to find God’s children and
teach them who they are and what they should do to return to Heavenly
Father. Most of them don’t know about any of this. Elder May will be
serving Heavenly Fathers’ children that reside in Germany. He will
search for them. He will teach them. He will serve, physically in any
way they need. That is what King Benjamin meant that when we serve our
fellow beings, we are only serving God. He loves all of His children and
wants them to return to Him. We help accomplish that.
serving in a different capacity. I am still a missionary but I help more
with the temporal side of things. At the Deseret Meat facility, I do
the orientation for the volunteers. I tell them what they need to do to
be safe and to keep the products safe and clean for those who will eat
it. I show the safety video. I fold gloves (which was hard for me to
learn to do). I shred paper. I just do whatever they need me to do.
This, too, is helping the work of the Lord. I, too, am serving.
will go through the temple on Saturday and after I have done that, I
will be qualified to help serve and work in the temple as a volunteer.
We all know that work in the temple is for those who have already died
and can’t do their own work. That is the highest form of service.
Elder Ballard talked about service in a conference talk in October 2012. His talk is entitled: Anxiously Engaged.
said, We are to love God and to love and care for our neighbors as
ourselves. Imagine what good we can do in the world if we all join
together, united as followers of Christ, anxiously and busily responding
to the needs of others and serving those around us—our families, our
friends, our neighbors, our fellow citizens.
How do we ingrain
this love of Christ into our hearts? There is one simple daily practice
that can make a difference for every member of the Church” That simple
practice is: In your morning prayer each new day, ask Heavenly Father to
guide you to recognize an opportunity to serve one of His precious
children. Then go throughout the day with your heart full of faith and
love, looking for someone to help.
Elder Ballard ended his talk
with some good advice. He said, I know that if you do this—at home, at
school, at work, and at church—the Spirit will guide you, and you will
be able to discern those in need of a particular service that only you
may be able to give. You will be prompted by the Spirit and
magnificently motivated to help pollinate the world with the pure love
of Christ and His gospel.
President Spencer W. Kimball said: "God does notice us, and he watches
over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our
needs. Therefore, it is vital that we serve each other" (Teachings of
Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball , 82).
the fun things about my mission is the assignment I have chosen to tag
photos. There are many church service missionaries that are called to be
photographers. They submit their photos to the church to have them
available for Church media. They call me a “tagger.” I go into the large
file of photos and tag them by deciding what category they should be
assigned. I have tagged more than a thousand photos since I started a
month ago. I really enjoy it. I actually found a photo of Pres. Tervort
and a second one of Sister Tervort serving on their mission with Family
History. I was pretty excited to see them in those pictures. So I got to
Last Sunday evening we went to a special devotional
at the Conference Center for Young Church Service Missionaries. It was a
great night. The very first person I met there was a service missionary
that wanted to take my picture. There were several missionaries doing
that. They were happy to know that I was tagging pictures. If their
pictures don’t get tagged, they don’t get used. I am actually serving
not only the Church, but these missionaries in helping them accomplish
what they have been called to do. It is a simple task. It isn’t hard.
Most people in the church don’t even know about this program. It makes
me happy to be doing what I can to help the Church move forward.
love the words to the song Have I Done Any Good? “Have I done any good
in the world today? Have I helped any one in need? Have I cheered up the
sad and made someone feel glad? If not, I have failed in deed. Has
anyone’s burden been lighter today because I was willing to share? Have
the sick and the weary been helped on their way? When they needed my
help was I there? Then wake up and do something more than dream of your
mansion above. Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure, a
blessing of duty and love.”
I’m so grateful for the opportunities I am having on this mission. I love my mission!
would like to leave you with my testimony. I know God lives and loves
us. If we continually hasten the work of salvation by being anxiously
engaged in service to others, we will come together to build God’s
kingdom. I know that we have a living prophet on the earth today. If we
abide by their counsels, we will one day live with God again.
In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.