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Sister Joy D. Jones: 'For Him'

Primary general president

Notable quotes:

During the October 2018 women's session, Sister Jones spoke on service:

  1. "Knowing the who and the why in serving others helps us understand that the highest manifestation of love is devotion to God."
  2. "When we focus on all that God has done for us, our service flows from a heart of gratitude."
  3. "When serving our God becomes our main priority in life, we lose ourselves, and in due course, we find ourselves."

Talk summary:

Service can be challenging if Latter-day Saints do not know the why of their service. The process of serving others is easier and more meaningful if members are "in the service of God."

"Rather than building resentment, we can build, through service, a more perfect relationship with our Heavenly Father."

The Savior taught this principle simply in 3 Nephi 12:16, "Therefore let your light so shine before this people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven."

"Sisters, I testify that when Jesus Christ, through the power of His Atonement, works on us and in us, He begins to work through us to bless others. We serve them, but we do so by loving and serving Him."

Application:

Sister Jones shared how she and her husband were assigned to minister to a family in their ward who hadn't been to Church in many years. Their first attempts to visit this family were less than successful, and they realized that "we had to seek direction from Someone with a greater perspective than our own."

They turned to the scriptures and received revelation. What are some other ways that you can find revelation for an answer to a question or problem?

Sister Jones said that each item of a to-do list can become a way to glorify God. "Can we see each task as a privilege and opportunity to serve Him, even when we are in the midst of deadlines, duties, or dirty diapers?"

Speaker Snapshot:

  • Sister Joy D. Jones was sustained as Primary general president on April 2, 2016, with counselors Sister Jean B. Bingham and Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, who have since been called as Relief Society general president and Young Women general president respectively.
  • The Jones family motto comes from Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
  • Born in The Dalles, Oregon, Sister Jones is the fifth of seven children.
  • When she was 12 years old, she wrote two goals on a paper that hung on her closet door. "Go to BYU. Be married in the temple." She accomplished both.
  • Sister Jones earned an Associate of Science degree in family living at BYU.
  • Sister Jones and her husband, Brother Robert B. Jones, have five children.

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