The Nephites, after being administered to by Jesus Christ, “taught, and did minister one to another; and they had all things common among them, every man dealing justly, one with another.” (3 Nephi 26:19)
This scripture embodies what it means to cooperatively minister. As Christians we have taken upon ourselves the name of Christ that we might strive to be like him. Repeatedly, Christ instructs us, his disciples, to care for one another. As Mormons we’ve made covenants to do so.
If we are to bring about a more egalitarian administration and more joyful experiences within Mormonism, we must emulate Christ and honor these covenants. We must be willing to open our ears to hear the stories of others, open our hearts to show love and compassion, and open our minds to the myriad of ways we can work together to empower all of us.
- How would you define “ministering cooperatively”?
- What examples have you witnessed of people cooperatively ministering in their families, wards and stakes?
- What does it mean, to you, to deal justly with someone else?
- How do you interpret “they had all things common among them”?