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Published: Friday, Dec. 13 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

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Petersaurach, Germany

While all of us fluctuate between strong and weak times, one thing that helps the troughs from becoming to deep and permanent is service. Even if you don't feel you can be Relief Society president, perhaps you can be a faithful visiting teacher and/or occassionaly help drive the youth to an activity or take a casserole to someone who's sick or in need. And all of us can remember to verbally thank those who are serving and keep them in our prayers. That, too, is a great service. A smile and a 'thanks' or 'great job' goes a long way to making someone else's day.

Philippine Bonita
Sammamish, WA

The idea of the 80/20 rule is that 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people and the remaining 80% of the people split 20% of the work.
80% of the people split 20% of the total wealth in a society while 20% of the people are sharing 80% of the total wealth

Centerville, UT

Great article. If everyone would pitch in with their heart and soul, each of us would become a drop of water forming a mighty river that could never be stopped or diverted no matter how determined the adversary. God help us all to lend a helping hand to move his Kingdom forward.

au, 00

It is interesting to see the differences in many different wards and stakes in many parts of the world when it comes to callings and serving in the church.Having served a mission some 25 years ago and witnessing the growth of the church all these years,I get excited to see when the 80/20 rule increases to 50/50 or even 100! In all cases it is always a group effort to encourage and inspire others to serve the Lord and feel close to Him.

Quiet Neighborhood, UT

I find it unfortunate that we have created a church culture where we feel like there is so much to do that we end up sniping at each other. If some of the callings, programs, or activities went away, would that be so bad? How about we let each other live our lives as we see fit.

If you want three callings while attending every single church function, then knock yourself out. If you find one calling and helping where you can more appropriate while focusing on needs and challenges at home, then you need to let your fellow ward members know and they will just have to accept it. We should focus more on charity for each other.

Medical Lake, Washington

I got my first church calling when I was 13 --- Priesthood organist. I was called to be ward organist at age 17 and held that until my mission. When I returned I was again called as ward organist and hold that calling to this day -- and I have no problem with that. At the same time; since my mission, I have held on the average 3 callings at a time - both ward and stake level, and again, I love it all.

But I do notice those who are too busy to serve, or turn down callings because it wasn't the one they wanted. I think they are missing out and who knows maybe some reasons are legitimate. That is not for me to judge. All I can do is to serve as I have been called and appreciate the journey. Sure, life is busy - otherwise it would be boring. Again, we just do the best we can and wait on the Lord for our true rewards.

terra nova
Park City, UT

The 20% say they want help. But they don't. They WANT to do it all themselves. They LIKE doing it all themselves. They LOVE the sense of purpose martyrdom brings to the closed circuits and stuffed sinuses of little lives. They will fight to the death to preserve their right to SUFFER.

You cannot help them.

Some people cannot be helped.

But we can learn to live the Shema.


I'm concerned about all the comparing going on here. The purpose of the church is not to set up a competition, or to put people on a pedestal who give a lot of service. Our task is NOT to evaluate who is doing a lot and who is doing a little, or to come up with questionable "percentages" or "statistics." To do so perpetuates pride and/or resentment. The Lord asks us to have a willing heart and to serve our fellow man. We each have something to offer, but we need to remember that our abilities, energy, and also circumstances are vastly different.


I think that because of our decadent and materialistic culture all Americans—Latter-Day Saints included—have lost touch with the frontier, pioneer ethic of hard work and cooperation upon which our society was built. We see that reflected in the lackadaisical attitude many people take towards Church callings. The world is full of distractions and if our priorities are not straight we can end up letting things—and people—fall through the cracks that should not. The system can only run well if everyone is an equal partner and does all that they can to improve their own lives and the lives of others around them, without being compelled to do so by any higher authority.

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