Hugo E. Martinez: Our personal ministries

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Elder Hugo E. Martinez of the Seventy speaks on Sunday afternoon. He spoke in his native tongue, Spanish.
Elder Hugo E. Martinez, of the Seventy, speaks on Sunday afternoon. He spoke in his native tongue, Spanish. (Mormon Newsroom).

SALT LAKE CITY — Elder Hugo E. Martinez, of the Seventy, taught members to focus on serving others in his address to members of the Church on Sunday afternoon.

Elder Martinez, who gave his address in Spanish, told a story of living in Puerto Rico during Hurricane Georges in 1998. He described how after the hurricane there was a period of two weeks without running water and with the difficulty of obtaining more when his family’s supply ran out.

“I will never forget the brethren who ministered to us by providing that precious liquid,” Elder Martinez said. “Nor will I forget the loving, inspired way the sisters also served us.”

He went on to tell the story of the good Samaritan and used Christ’s words, “Go and do likewise,” to testify to members of their responsibility to do good.

“The love of Jesus Christ must be our guide,” he explained. “And that is how our personal ministry begins: discovering needs, then tending to them.”

Elder Martinez said members of the Church have a special opportunity to be instruments in the Lord’s hands, stating that as true disciples of Christ, this is their personal ministry.

He finished by quoting the Savior in Matthew, saying, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

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