Reaching out to those of other faiths and recognizing their important contributions to society is an important part of Mormonism. This happened in late April when, as Intermountain Catholic reports, Latter-day Saint leaders held a farewell luncheon for the Sisters of Saint Benedict in Ogden. Last year, the sisters decided to merge with their founding monastery in Minnesota. They had been in Ogden, Utah, since 1946.
Elder Mervyn B. Arnold of the Church's Quorums of the Seventy shared a story about an experience he had with a loved one in the hospital that shows the Benedictine Sisters’ tireless compassion for those in need. "When I entered the hospital room, one of the sisters was there consoling the family and said she was heading to the chapel to pray until all the family had arrived," Elder Arnold said. "And that is the spirit these sisters have brought with them to our community. ... [They are] a walking symbol of what we all hope to be.” Speaking to the sisters, Elder Arnold said, “Your impression on this community will not go away; it will live on and on."