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Helping Hands…

Sweeping streets, washing cars, painting nails, cleaning schools—what do they have in common?                               

These are some of the service projects held by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints across the nation on Saturday, April 26, 2008, to kick off its jubilee celebration of the 50th anniversary of the organization of the Church in the Philippines. 

 

Wearing their bright yellow “Mormon Helping Hands” vests, members of the Church offered their services with cheerful hearts and willing minds in different parts of the country.

 

For it is written: “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God” (Mosiah 2:17).

 

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In this crazy world we live in, we get pulled in all different directions. We sometimes get caught up doing things that don’t really matter much in the end—things that we cannot really bring with us when our turn here on earth is over. But there’s one that’s worth all our precious time and greatest efforts. It’s our life’s most valuable possession—our families.

 

Being a mom is my most favorite job in the world! Not only do I get a fresh peek at life through my children’s eyes, but it’s amazing how wonderful it feels like to see them grow from being infants, to toddlers, to the young persons that they are now. I am thrilled at the thought that one day they would be mature adults and I would be a grandma!J

 

And while they are still under my care, I delight at every minute that I spend with them. I enjoy the family home evenings, the meals together, the kite flying, the beach days, the beaded jewelry making, the games, the songs, and even the arguments on who gets to take a shower first or who gets to eat the last piece of dessert!! J

 

I am grateful for the opportunity given me to watch over them, care for them, and love them—in behalf of Him whose sons and daughters we all are.

 

I believe that families are forever! I believe that “That same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be coupled with eternal glory, which glory we do not now enjoy” (D&C 130:2).

 

Let’s celebrate what we have!!! Let’s focus our energies on building our relationships with our families, for they truly are the ones who could bring us our greatest joys!! J 

 

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When I was a kid, I often wondered what would happen to me after this life was over. Would my body be lying down in a dark and cold casket while my mind was wide awake trying to get my body move?
          
Being the active child that I was, I thought death was probably the most boring thing that could ever happen to anybody. I couldn’t imagine myself being still and restricted for even a short period of time, let alone forever!! 
               
Then as a wild and confused teenager, I met people who knew the answers to my questions. I thought I was an intelligent person, so I laughed and was cynical at the things they were saying. I tried to prove they were wrong—or at least did not really know what they were talking about—but every single time I asked what I thought was a silly question, they always had an answer. Answers that made sense and sounded very familiar. Truths and teachings that I seemed to have heard from a distant past. 

My spirit was touched at the things I had learned and for the first time in many years, I had answers to my questions. I finally knew that my spirit lived with my Father in Heaven before I was born; that I am here on this earthly existence to try to reach my divine potential; and that someday when my time is up, my spirit will leave my body and will one day be resurrected to become an eternal, immortal being.  

Such plain, simple, and yet liberating knowledge!!
                         
Now, a little over 23 years later, I am still amazed and grateful for how these simple truths have affected my perspective of life in general. Indeed, a pearl of great price that I will treasure forever. 

 

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