April 28, 2014 This week’s breaking news:
BAPTISMAL SERVICE MEETS COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR A MISSIONARY SERVICE SUCCESS
This week was a wonderful week for LDS missionary Sister Hope Thomas and Her companion Sister Charity Stuber. As full time servants of the Lord, they have the unique opportunity of meeting a wide array of people, and serving them in a variety of ways. This week was especially fun as they participated in the "Mormon Helping Hands" Project conducted in their area. "I picked up trash with both hands,” comments Stuber reflectively as she emails her family. The interviewer laughs and replies, "that's the best quote you could come up with? I'm writing down history here!"
"Mormon Helping Hands" is a worldwide organization of young and old alike coming together to help their communities. Their unique fashion statement of sweaty yellow vests has sparked runway designs in Italy, Paris, and Milan*. (*Our fact checker has confirmed that this fact is false.) More importantly however, these vests signal to the world, that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints (nicknamed "Mormons") are involved in their communities and delight in taking part in bettering their neighborhoods, cities, and countries.
"I love to serve,” comments Sister Thomas" even when it involves digging up beer bottles and deteriorating take-out containers in the middle of nowhere." She leans back in her chair remembering the fun times had by all, despite the heat of the day. "This is the same church that Jesus Christ set up, and we believe in doing what He would do. That very much includes serving other people." But an even more exciting experience for Thomas, was when she was able to witness the baptism of someone she has been teaching for months. "It's such an amazing experience to be able to see someone really decide to become a disciple of Jesus Christ, and then act on that decision. Jesus commanded us to be baptized, and baptism is the beginning of a life dedicated to honoring Him and finding true happiness." Despite the struggles that LDS missionaries face, Thomas says that what it all comes down to is "serving others by teaching them the way to find true and lasting peace and joy." She says that she wouldn't trade this experience for anything.
Called to "serve" most blesses me!
Have a wonderful week!