by Jean B. Bingham
In the end (and we are nowhere near the end of discussing this topic), the most compelling example anyone can give is of the Savior Himself. Look to Jesus, He will show you the way on how to minister. He is, of course, the perfect minister.
One of my favorite examples is found in 3 Nephi 17. In the first few verses we read of Jesus getting ready to leave the people for the night because they are tired.
“I perceive that ye are weak, that ye cannot understand all my words which I am commanded of the Father to speak unto you at this time.
“Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow, and I come unto you again” (verses 2-3).
You know when you hit that wall? That wall that demands you do no more until you rest. That wall that overpowers you until you succumb and must take a break.
This is where the people were at this time. Jesus knew this and knew they needed a break. He had other work to do, they needed to rest. This was a win-win.
However, “he cast his eyes round about again on the multitude, and beheld they were in tears, and did look steadfastly upon him as if they would ask him to tarry a little longer with them” (verse 5). So, He stayed a little longer with them. He healed their sick, blessed their children, prayed with them, and just spent time with them ministering. He did it because they wanted Him to do it.
That is what ministering is all about.