As we look forward to a new year and a fresh start, there's still time to reminisce about some of the stories and memories that have touched our lives and helped us become better people this past year. Here are some of our favorite Mormon moments from 2016 that we hope will touch your heart once again and inspire you to remember the things that matter most and are worth remembering as you make your New Year's resolutions for 2017.
Louisiana's Governor Praises Mormons: "I Have No Doubt God Sent You Here"
The August flooding in Louisiana was the worst U.S. disaster since Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012. Over 60,000 were left homeless, including many Latter-day Saints.
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Local Louisiana wards and Mormon Helping Hands worked tirelessly to help muck out homes and to provide food, clothing, and care for families displaced by the flooding.
As a result, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards thanked Mormons for their efforts at a special sacrament meeting held for volunteers.
“’I am a child of God and he has sent me here.’ That is the first line of the hymn that we sang,” Governor Edwards began his remarks. “I have no doubt that God sent you all here.”
“Even though this isn’t a named storm, every victim has a name, and they are our brothers and our sisters in Christ,” he continued.
He talked about the gratitude he saw among the flood survivors and how it brought communities closer together.
“It’s times like these that communities come together, and not just the community from here in Baton Rouge,” he said. “I know that we have folks who have traveled from hundreds of miles to be here to help.”