"And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him." (Matthew 4:18-20)
The Savior similarly beckons us to follow him, to be an example for him, and to serve others-as the Lord said to Peter, to "feed my lambs." To serve others, to lift those who are downtrodden, to help those who cannot help themselves. That is our charge, as President Monson has stated-"There are hearts to gladden, [good] deeds to be done-even precious souls to save" (The Blessings of Ministering, Oct 2009 Ensign).
May we remember the Savior's words "inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me" (Matt 25:40).
The burdens the Savior bears now is to know that there are his children who need to be lifted, and strengthened. When we lift and strengthen others, it is the same as if we were to help the Savior.
President Eyring echoed that in a previous conference when he said when we reach out to succor another, the Savior feels as if we had reached out to succor him.
May we do that and have the spirit of the Lord to be with us as we lift and serve others. For in that is life.
I leave my testimony that Jesus Christ lives. I love him with all of my heart. The greatest joys I have experienced in this life come from serving others.
President Monson has been an example of that his entire life, as he has followed the Savior and done what Christ would do if he were here. As we will follow Christ, and serve others as Christ did, and as our Prophet has his whole life, we will experience a closeness with the Savior that will fill us with a joy we cannot get anywhere else on this earth.
There are many ways to lift others, a kind word here and there, serving others in our families and homes, and reaching out to others beyond us.
And if we do that for a lifetime, at the end day, we will embrace the Savior with joy, and will feel his love bless us, because we will have become like him. That joy is better than anything on earth, and is worth every sacrifice we could make to obtain that.
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Picture is Fisher of Men by Del Parson.