Service

October 14, 2021 04:25 PM MDT
Our baby son had just finished a month of being on ECMO, the most extreme form of life support. He had survived, and so had we, and we thanked God for it.
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December 28, 2020 12:00 PM MST
This past year has been full of the unexpected. Between the coronavirus, natural disasters, and societal issues, 2020 may not have been what we all expected when it brought in the new decade. But there have been beautiful moments too. Despite feelings of division, many people have come together to express gratitude for the blessings God has given them. Others have come to the rescue for those in need, whether physically or spiritually. And society as a whole has adjusted to new circumstances and situations despite moments of fear and uncertainty.
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November 12, 2020 07:11 PM MST
The Global Peter Drucker Forum channel on YouTube recently hosted a panel of speakers to honor the late Harvard professor Clayton Christensen whose theory of disruptive innovation changed the business world.
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November 12, 2020 03:03 PM MST
In this week's episode of This Is the Gospel, three storytellers share what the gospel of Jesus Christ looks like in action. After witnessing two neighborhood tragedies, Ben decides to reach out to his neighbors through a new weekly practice. Read to find out how Ben applied the gospel of Jesus Christ through something as ordinary as a loaf of bread.
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At this time of great global need, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is encouraging people to bring light to the world this Christmas season through simple, meaningful acts of service.
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By  LDS Living
November 06, 2020 12:00 PM MST
This story was originally published in November 2014 and has been updated to celebrate Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf's 80th birthday.
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September 23, 2020 04:22 PM MDT
At least 2,357 homes in southern Oregon have been destroyed in the Almeda Fire, which is one of the 10 most-devastating American fires in 50 years, Deseret News reported. In a single congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 50 homes were consumed in the flames.
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July 04, 2020 11:00 AM MDT
This excerpt is from Be Your Best Self by President Thomas S. Monson, which was published in 1979. This excerpt originally ran on LDS Living in July 2017.
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April 21, 2020 12:34 PM MDT
Willard Sensiba knows about precision. As a former typesetter and the president of a typesetter union, he spent 20 years at newspapers around the country, manually configuring the type using the printer’s very small and precise measurements.
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February 27, 2020 02:35 PM MST
Many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participated in last year’s Church fundraiser, #LightTheWorld, to provide aid to those in need. Through the “Giving Machines” and donations, Latter-day Saints distributed more than $6.3 million dollars to different charities around the globe.
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January 10, 2020 05:28 PM MST
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints updated the total amount of donations raised through the Light the World Giving Machines.
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December 20, 2019 10:12 PM MST
In my childhood, everything wasn’t bliss in our ward Primary, for boys will be boys. The laughter of the boys and the chatter of the girls at times must have been most disconcerting to our Primary leaders.
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By  LDS Living
December 11, 2019 10:05 PM MST
The following letter previously ran on LDS Living in 2015.
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November 06, 2019 05:24 PM MST
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will place Giving Machines in 10 locations across the world this Christmas season, further expanding its efforts to #LightTheWorld by encouraging people to perform instant acts of service that make a difference in others’ lives.
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November 02, 2019 08:38 AM MDT
The following is an excerpt from Elder John H. Groberg’s book Fire of Faith, which details his experiences with his family as he served as a mission president in Tonga.
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By  LDS Living
October 23, 2019 07:44 PM MDT
A Latter-day Saint family got the surprise of a lifetime when singer and actor Jared Leto donated $5,000 to their GoFundMe for their two young boys.
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September 30, 2019 03:13 PM MDT
Newsroom features stories from its 80 international Newsroom websites as well as from those in the United States to share what members and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are doing to better serve their communities throughout the world.
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September 25, 2019 04:20 PM MDT
The story of the Christmas Jars phenomenon is officially getting another chapter! Only this time, fans of the Jason F. Wright novel can watch the beloved Christmas story unfold right before their eyes.
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September 12, 2019 01:10 PM MDT
While residents up and down the Southeast coast prepped for possible impacts from Hurricane Dorian last week, over 200 volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been preparing to help those that were impacted by the storm. Groups of volunteers across the Raleigh-Durham area have been training to help with the Crisis Cleanup hotline. The helpline in this area is set up to start taking calls beginning this week and will continue until Friday, September 20th.
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August 29, 2019 11:00 AM MDT
Latter-day Saint Charities partnered this week with Feeding Children Everywhere (FCE), JustServe, the United Nations, and American Airlines, to organize a service project to feed children all over the country.
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August 26, 2019 02:24 PM MDT
Most children living in Bogotá’s sewers do not want to leave. They grow accustomed to the waist-deep feces, the stench, the darkness, the water and the rats. As frightening and dangerous as the sewers are, the children feel safe there.
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August 05, 2019 01:12 PM MDT
Newsroom features stories from its 80 international Newsroom websites as well as from those in the United States to share what members and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are doing to better serve their communities throughout the world.
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August 02, 2019 03:30 PM MDT
It’s been well over a decade since Evelyn and Des Ratima decided to move to Whakatu — a small suburb of Hastings, New Zealand — with the intent of helping the community.
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By  LDS Living
June 26, 2019 04:51 PM MDT
The following responses have been edited for length and clarity.
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By  Emily Abel
June 26, 2019 09:19 AM MDT
A returned missionary going back to visit the country where they served? Normal. Moving there, earning a spot on a professional soccer team, touring nearly the entire country as a back-up dancer, and then starting a movement that involves running down the entire coast of the country picking up tons (literally tons) of trash along the way? Not so normal. But that is exactly what Clayton Thomas Kearl is doing.
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April 17, 2019 06:12 PM MDT
Latter-day Saint Michelle Tunney was not in the mood to walk her dog, Rocky, when the Spirit prompted her to take a stroll around her neighborhood in Winterset, Iowa.
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April 01, 2019 12:16 PM MDT
"You are definitely my angel, there's no doubt about it. You're my brother now, you're a part of me now," Mitchell Salas said of the stranger who gave him his kidney.
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March 20, 2019 03:09 PM MDT
Two Latter-day Saint volunteersdetained for nearly three weeks in Novorossiysk, Russia, have left for the United States and their families are rejoicing and expressing relief.
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March 20, 2019 11:36 AM MDT
Two Latter-day Saint volunteers have been released after spending nearly three weeks in a Russian detention center.
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March 14, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
When tragedy hits, it is human nature to want to help. We bring food; we do laundry; we offer childcare. We want to connect! Some people do this through service; others do it through commiseration. We often feel the need to relate to the person suffering by sharing our own experiences.
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March 07, 2019 12:00 PM MST
If you would like to help displaced members and residents of Paradise affected by the Camp Fire, donations of travel trailers (not motorhomes) are being collected at Stewart's RV in American Fork, Utah.
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February 14, 2019 06:48 PM MST
One year ago, Maddy Wilford arrived at Broward Health North Hospital fighting for her life after a gunman opened fire on her and her classmates in Parkland, Florida. Today, the high school senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas is turning tragedy into a chance to bless the lives of others.
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February 11, 2019 10:06 PM MST
According to The Family: A Proclamation to the World, “Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan.” And yet, hundreds of thousands of Latter-day Saints now find themselves in a predicament few of them imagined: never married or divorced after what they expected would be an eternal marriage.
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February 08, 2019 10:00 PM MST
Recently, Reddit user naturalenergybyproxy asked, "What is the nicest thing a stranger has done for you?" and nearly 9,000 people responded with inspiring tales of kindness. We decided to ask the same question, and Latter-day Saints had plenty of uplifting experiences to share. Here are some of our favorite responses out of the nearly 200 we received.
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February 04, 2019 04:29 PM MST
"I was blessed with a second chance when I was younger! It’s moments like these that make me so grateful to be where I am today," second-time Super Bowl champion Kyle Van Noy posted on game day. "Don’t give up on your dreams and remember the man upstairs is always with, even when its the darkest times."
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January 29, 2019 10:59 PM MST
Shortly after the special announcement by President Russell M. Nelson that we would now be “ministering” instead of “home teaching” and “visiting teaching,” a concern came over me that the words “minister” and “ministering” may become commonplace, no longer representing a depth of sacred spirituality. Those terms have always brought feelings of reverence and sacredness within me. In my mind, these terms represent the greatest of all ministers—our Savior—and His miraculous work. I began to review my life for what I had learned of ministering and how these acts draw us upward toward a life in Christ.
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January 21, 2019 01:24 PM MST
Here's a recent look at what Latter-day Saints have been doing to make the world and their communities a better place.
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By  LDS Living
January 07, 2019 08:20 PM MST
The giving machines for the Church's #LightTheWorld campaign raised more than $2 million dollars over the holidays, according to a Facebook post from LDS Charities.
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January 07, 2019 07:02 PM MST
A couple of years ago, Ray Goodson had his hip replaced on a Tuesday. By Friday, to the astonishment of, among others, his surgeon, he was off his pain meds and playing golf.
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December 31, 2018 03:16 PM MST
Much of how we worship is drawn directly from biblical roots, building upon the patterns of ancient Israel in the Old Testament and the first Christians in the New Testament. Though we learn many of these patterns directly from these texts, our current practices have also been drawn heavily from Christian tradition. Indeed, since worship goes back to Adam and Eve, we know that it is the result of the natural yearning of children to seek a Parent who loves, cares, and provides for them.
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December 24, 2018 07:11 PM MST
Amy Jukes was sitting at the family dinner table wondering and worrying aloud who could tackle a local “Silver Angel” grocery gift card drive to assist senior citizens in their hometown of Prosper, Texas. A longtime sponsor of the project had unexpectedly dropped it, and as president of the Prosper Ladies Association, Jukes and her team already had their hands full with other initiatives and year-end activities.
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December 18, 2018 01:43 PM MST
Most Americans recognize McDonald's Big Mac as two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions on a sesame seed bun.
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December 12, 2018 10:00 PM MST
Stomach trembling, I looked up into my mom’s eyes as she tucked me into bed and arranged my menagerie of stuffed animals around me. Then I asked her the Santa question.
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December 07, 2018 10:14 PM MST
In the following excerpt, Timothy Ballard, founder of Operation Underground Railroad, reflects on a heartwarming experience with "Mia" and "Marky"—two young children he formed a special bond with during a rescue in Haiti and whom he and his wife, Katherine, were finally able to adopt in 2018.
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December 07, 2018 05:00 AM MST
Conference Talk: For more information on this topic read "Be of Good Cheer," by Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, May 2009, 89-92.
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November 28, 2018 12:49 PM MST
Mark Honey deeply loves his three sons, but he also knows he can't lift them in and out of their wheelchairs forever.
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November 27, 2018 07:15 PM MST
More than 30 days after Hurricane Michael hit Marianna, Florida, the recovery efforts are still in the clean-up phase. Many neighborhoods have fallen trees. Hundreds of businesses remain unopened. The legacy of Hurricane Michael's devastating impact in the lives of the people in Marianna continues to unfold.
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November 24, 2018 05:02 PM MST
If service were a color, what color would it be? Maybe for you it’s a soft green or pastel blue. Perhaps it’s a dazzling purple or vibrant orange. For a very long time, service was always yellow to me because of the bright, sunny way serving makes me feel. Many years ago, a significant experience at Christmastime meant from that time on, service would forever be red.
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November 21, 2018 02:26 PM MST
When Annette Ferran, a member of the Hidden Valley Stake in Draper, Utah, first heard the news that her cancer was terminal, she knew she had a decision to make.
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November 08, 2018 06:00 PM MST
The Washington Post recently featured a touching story of how ward members help one of their neighbors into bed every single night. In 2015, the Mormon Channel created a video about Kathy Felt and all those who are helping to lift her:
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November 08, 2018 02:00 PM MST
Singles occupy a unique place in the Church. At least one-third of the adult Church membership is single. As President James E. Faust has pointed out, we were all single before we were married, and many, due to divorce or death of a spouse, will once again be single. The promise of an eternal family is nonetheless available to all who are worthy.
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November 05, 2018 04:10 PM MST
Seventy-six-year-old cancer survivor Shepard Adams and his wife, Gracelyn, age 69, were the first to raise their hands to volunteer when the Amite Louisiana Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was called upon to serve in Hurricane Michael cleanup efforts in Florida. When she didn’t see hands immediately go up amongst the gathering of some of the older couples, Gracelyn said to herself, “Could we do it next year? Well, better do it while we are able and can.” The Amite couple was not alone as they joined over 2,700 Church volunteers from five different states traveling to Florida weekly since the storm hit. Volunteers are hauling debris, chopping up large trees, and tarping damaged roofs.
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October 25, 2018 05:01 PM MDT
A group of 21 young men and women—who had completed their missions in the Florida Tallahassee region for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—were back in their homes over 2,000 miles away. After learning of the devastation from Hurricane Michael, their call to serve again was no question. They piled into four vehicles in Provo, Utah, and traveled over 30 hours to their former service area. Their goal was to help the devastated victims in Panama City, Florida, arriving in time to help in the October 20-21 weekend relief effort.
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October 05, 2018 12:03 PM MDT
I would like to opine today on “the practice formerly known as home teaching, or visiting teaching.” Why not, everyone else has, and my thoughts, for what they are worth, can be as carefully disregarded as everyone else’s.
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By  LDS Living
October 04, 2018 05:56 PM MDT
Chase Hansen is a CEO for a nonprofit, has met with church and government authorities, and organizes service events to lift and empower those in his community. And he's 9 years old.
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September 12, 2018 04:00 PM MDT
For another inspiring children's book by the Morris family, check out Squint, available at Deseret Book stores and deseretbook.com.
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September 11, 2018 12:30 PM MDT
The messages and stories Church leaders shared in the wake of the devastation on 9/11 are ones we can apply in times of division, darkness, and even in times of prosperity. They are messages to live by that remind us what is most important in a world filled with death, destruction, hate, and also love.
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By  Yvonne Liu
August 15, 2018 07:11 PM MDT
“Dad, I can’t wait to go on a mission,” Chase Hansen told his father, John Hansen, after Chase got baptized and walked out of the baptismal font in 2017. John responded, “Son, we are already on a mission.”
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August 11, 2018 02:00 PM MDT
Most of us are well acquainted with the responsibilities of service. I am sure many of you have baked cookies until your spatulas melted or baby-sat your neighbor's children until your brains sputtered. Occasionally when I am in such situations I fear my fatigue will slip into resentment, and then I wonder if being stretched so thin may not only prevent my developing new charity but actually diminish the supply I thought I had. I have learned, however, that though we may not have a completely willing heart every time we serve, such service molds our heart, blesses us, and does enlarge our capacity to give. We must remember, too, during periods of our lives in which we feel that all we can do is keep our own immediate circle of families or friends afloat, that emotional and spiritual service to others can sometimes be as important as physical acts.
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August 09, 2018 02:00 PM MDT
It was a regular Sunday morning in October 2015 as 19-year-old Jacob Pinkston sat with his family waiting for sacrament meeting to start. As the meeting began, his mom, Christine, leaned over to him and asked excitedly, “Do you know who’s on the stand?”
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