Jesus’s life and ministry exemplify the two great commandments: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” and “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:37, 39).

To help Latter-day Saints respond to the divine mandate to care for and serve others, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches a personalized approach to caring for the temporal and spiritual needs of members. It focuses on flexibility to the needs and circumstances of individuals throughout the world, coupled with quarterly face-to-face interviews between leadership and everyday members about personal and family needs.

Ministering is overseen jointly by the presidencies of a local congregation’s elders quorum (adult men) and Relief Society (adult women). Each household in a congregation is assigned ministering brothers to care for the family or individuals who live there. Each adult sister of the Church’s Relief Society has ministering sisters to care for her. Young women ages 14 to 18 assist older women in these ministering efforts, just as young men of the same age do with older men.

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