The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a welfare services program that helps with relief efforts during natural disasters and other difficulties throughout the world.
A smaller activity, such as reaching out to a homeless shelter, is something we can all do in our communities. When our Honolulu Tongan Ward was assigned to feed homeless people at the Next Step shelter in Kakaako in February, I knew this would be an opportunity to not only help others, but also share the light of Christ with others.
Since 2006 each congregation of the Honolulu Hawaii Stake has taken turns getting together, preparing and serving dinner at the shelter, usually on the first Saturday of the month. When it was our turn, I immediately thought that chili, rice, corn and salad would be suitable food for this assignment. But the members of my ward thought otherwise. It caused me to re-evaluate my definition of service.