As I was studying John Chapter 13, I pondered over service and leadership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The people of leadership in our church are NOT paid, yet they spend an endless amount of time serving, caring for, and watching over all of us. They do it not for recognition or for any selfish reason; they serve us because they love us. While some leaders in the world feel that their only duty is to lead others, the leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints understand that in order to most effectively lead someone, they need to also render service to them. By doing service to those whom you lead, you show them that you love them. When someone loves you, it makes it that much easier to love them.
A really good example of this in the scriptures is King Benjamin. In Mosiah Chapter 2 Verses 10 to 17 (a part of The Book of Mormon), King Benjamin addresses his people by first humbly telling them that he is nothing more than a mortal man. He then goes on to say that he was chosen to be a ruler over the people so that he may serve them. He served them not to boast, but because he knew that by serving them, he was also in the service of God.
I am very grateful to all of the leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints! As General Conference is right around the corner (which is an event that happens every 6 months when we are blessed to hear from the Lord’s prophet and His apostles. https://www.lds.org/general-conference?lang=eng), I can’t help but be full of gratitude for these leaders for all of the time, love, and service that they give to each and every one of us.