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Serving is natural in life of a follower

Jesus placed love for fellowmen second only to the love for God when He said:

"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

"This is the first and great commandment.

"And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

"On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." (Matt. 22:37-40.)

In the book of 1 John, this is declared:

"If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

"And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also." (1 John 4:20-21.)

At the April 1992 general conference, Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin said: "Serving others should become a natural part of the life of every follower of our Savior. When we subordinate personal interests out of love and give of ourselves with no thought of receiving in return, we are moving toward becoming true disciples.

"The Lord has . . . commanded His people to care for the poor and needy. He said, 'And remember in all things the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted, for he that doeth not these things, the same is not my disciple.' (D&C 52:40.)

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