Chapter 23: "No Less Serviceable"

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Do you ever feel like you are stuck in a calling that no one ever appreciates? Do you ever wish you could be in a calling that was more noticeable? Have you ever understood Alma's desire-

O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people!

Howard W. Hunter Chapter 23: "No Less Serviceable" reminds us of how important every calling is whether we have all eyes on us or not. 

 
 

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This is a wonderful lesson to review when we are midst of all the end of the year craziness. It is easy to feel like our efforts go unnoticed or even that they make no difference. Every person, every calling is needed. Yes, sometimes it absolutely harder to see the need but it is there. If you can't see it, continue to study this lesson further and pray to your Father in Heaven to know for yourself. 

Teaching Thoughts

  • Use the above handouts to talk about some of the callings that aren't as noticeable. Use the cards to point out a few and how their calling contributes to the Lord's kingdom. Then give out blank cards for those in your class to fill in. This not only helps us see how each calling and person is important but increases our gratitude for each one. 
  • The above Hero Cards are in coloring book format so you can also encourage your class to share this lesson with their families.During Family Home Evening they can discuss ways to express appreciation to some of these people and even give the cards with an anonymous gratitude gift.
  • The noticeable people have a lot of unnoticeable people behind them helping make everything possible. You can draw a pyramid to illustrate this point. The person at the top is the one that everyone sees but if the people at the bottom didn't do their job, it would all fall over. You can also illustrate this point with blocks and figurines as well. 
  • Go back to Chapter 19 and talk about the difference between a contribution and a commitment again. All those that make a commitment to God will get the same reward in the end no matter where they serve (Nephi and Sam example). It's those that are only making a contribution instead of the commitment that will receive less- not those who aren't in the limelight. 
  • You could also use more of the scriptural examples of those that aren't in the limelight as much. The Friend magazine made scripture hero cards throughout this past year that you can print and use (Abish is June, a maidservant is in October). 
  • Tie this lesson back to Chapter 22 by emphasizing why it is so important to have those you teach be converted to the scriptures and God, not you. It's not about us. People come and go in various callings but God is constant.
  • Focus on the why of our service. Why are you a home/visiting teacher? Why are you in your calling now? The real why is due to our faith in God, not something amazing we did to earn the position. When we focus on the why, we are less likely to worry about who sees what we do and who says thank you for our efforts. 
  • Discuss the necessary things a plant needs in order to grow. It needs sun, water, nutrients, etc. All those things are necessary. Without one, it won't grow properly. No one part is less important than another. They are all needed.
  • I loved this article found on LDS.org's blog, "The Perfect Lie." Sometimes we get caught up in the same addition problem when it comes to our callings. If we only did more. If we only had more people see what we did. If only... But Christ's equation is the way we need to approach our callings and everything else in life (discover it near the bottom of the article).
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Questions to Ponder

  • What is President Hunter trying to help us understand by emphasizing that Helaman and his brethren were "no less serviceable" than Captain Moroni? (section 1)
  • How can understanding that it is "no less serviceable" help you?
  • What do the scriptural examples in section 2 teach you?
  • How can the scriptural examples influence your own feelings as you serve?
  • How have you been blessed by others who served in quiet, unsung ways?
  • What can you learn from the story of Oliver Granger? (section 3)
  • Why should you not be concerned about receiving recognition when you serve?
  • How can the "limelight of popularity" or fame be dangerous? 
  • What does Nephi's example teach you about how to stay "fixed on the things that matter most"?
  • What impresses you about President Clark's attitude and words in section 5?
  • Why do you serve?
  • How can you develop an attitude of giving your best regardless of where you serve?
  • What can you do to change your attitude when you really don't want to serve?
  • What can you do when you feel depleted?
  • What does "those who lose their lives serving others will find themselves" mean? How have you found that to be true?
  • In what ways has service brought you happiness?

Suggested Study Schedule

Please remember these articles are to enhance your knowledge and strengthen your testimony of this principle. They are not to replace your lesson in shape or form. Most the words you teach should still be from the manual. 

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Monday

Howard W. Hunter Chapter 23: "No Less Serviceable"

Tuesday

Matthew 6:2-7, 24

Matthew 20:25-28

James 1:27

D&C 76:5-7

D&C 121:34-37

Watch: Life (about 9 1/2 minutes)

Watch: Works of God (about 4 1/2 minutes)

Wednesday

"Content with the Things Allotted unto Us" by Elder Neal A. Maxwell

Thursday

"Willing and Worthy to Serve" by President Thomas S. Monson

Friday

"First Observe, Then Serve" by Sister Linda K. Burton

Saturday

"Lift Where You Stand" by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Sunday

"Rescue in Unity" by Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong