These youth put the principles from the 2015 Mutual theme into action!
When we “embark in the service of God” (D&C 4:2), we commit to serve others and to remember that we are all children of a loving Father in Heaven.
“No member of the Church who has helped provide for those in need ever forgets or regrets the experience. Industry, thrift, self-reliance, and sharing with others are not new to us.” —President Thomas S. Monson, “Are We Prepared?” Ensign, Sept. 2014, 4
Check out how youth like you work to make a difference where they live.
Making Bears for a Children’s Hospital
Cassie T., Texas, USA
The young women in my stake decided to make and donate stuffed bears. After getting approval from our camp director, I contacted the local hospital about our idea, gathered all the supplies we needed to make the bears, and cut out 517 squares from donated material. We made 289 bears for the hospital.
It is so amazing to see the good that service can do. This project showed me that service benefits those who do it as much as those who receive it, and it helped my testimony to grow. I will never forget this experience.
Eagle Scouts at an Elementary School
Diego J., California, USA
I helped my older brother, Tahoe, with his Eagle Scout project. Along with many other people, we completed several projects at a local elementary school. Some people painted some old benches, others repainted poles, and some helped build a garden shade. I helped sand and paint two rows of poles.
The job took time and was tiresome, but when we were done, I saw the positive effect it had on the school and how filled with joy the principal was when she saw the improvements. The experience reminded me that we, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are constantly being reminded to live more like Christ and to serve as He did.
Organizing a Run
Mikaila E., California, USA
When my younger sister, Dania, was diagnosed with a rare disorder, I wanted to do something to help her. Turner Syndrome is a genetic disorder where a girl is missing one of her X-chromosomes and that results in short stature, possible heart problems, and other difficulties. My sister was 11 when she was diagnosed, and she sees this as a blessing in her life and a chance to help other girls who have this syndrome.
After brainstorming some ideas, my mom and I decided to sponsor a run for a society to help those with Turner Syndrome.
I didn’t know where to start, but I gathered a group of friends together who helped me find sponsors and to spread the word around the community.
The response from community members was great—so many people were willing to help out. There were 12 girls with Turner Syndrome at the run, as well as many Church and community members.
I met so many wonderful people and heard their stories; I saw these people through God’s eyes. I learned that we really develop a love for those whom we serve, and I know that “when [we] are in the service of [our] fellow beings [we] are only in the service of [our] God” (Mosiah 2:17).
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