It was in October of 1999, when we took our son and some friends to the Washington DC temple so he could receive his endowments prior to his departure for a mission in Perth Australia. As is normal, the Temple President met with those going through for the first time. He talked with them and gave some fatherly advice.
The endowment ceremony was wonderful, not so much from what we saw or heard but because of what we felt. When it was over, we went to the cafeteria. As we went through the food line, we found the Temple President serving food along with the other cafeteria staff.
“This is not the place I would expect to see you,” I said.
He replied, “I serve where I am needed.”
One of the staff added, “And he seem to know when we need him.”
Over the years, I’ve served in many positions, some impressive and some almost invisible. I’ve often thought of that Temple President’s comment, “I serve where I am needed,” as being a good guide to all forms of church service.