Day 7: Perform A Small Act of Service
LDS Living's 12 Days of Christmas
LDS Living staff - December 08, 2010
The true spirit of Christmas is about giving. Take a few moments to perform an act of service this season.
(For all other days, click here.)"By small and simple things are great things brought to pass." Alma 37:6
Simpleact.lds.org is a church-sponsored website that provides access to volunteer service opportunities for the LDS Church. Volunteer opportunities include providing translations for Church publications that are distributed online and around the world. Or maybe you want to transcribe historical records to make them available online in a searchable format.
To learn more about Simple Acts, visit simpleacts.lds.org.
"The Best Christmas Ever"
This talk given by President Thomas S. Monson is a beautiful Christmas story of one family's act of service:
In the early 1930s, Margaret Kisilevich and her sister Nellie gave a Christmas gift to their neighbors, the Kozicki family, which was remembered by them all their lives and which has become an inspiration to their families.
Home to Margaret back then was Two Hills, Alberta, Canada—a farming community populated largely by Ukrainian and Polish immigrants who generally had large families and were very poor. It was the time of the Great Depression.
Margaret’s family consisted of her mother and father and their 15 children. Margaret’s mother was industrious and her father was enterprising—and with all those children, they had a built-in labor force. Consequently, their home was always warm, and despite their humble circumstances, they were never hungry. In the summer they grew an enormous garden, made sauerkraut, cottage cheese, sour cream, and dill pickles for barter. They also raised chickens, pigs, and beef cattle. They had very little cash, but these goods could be exchanged for other commodities they could not produce themselves.
To read the full story, click here.
12 Days of Christmas Service
This “Twelve Days of Christmas” project is designed for a very special family in your neighborhood or area that you’ve discovered has fallen on hard times this season. It may take a little more time and creativity, but it’s sure to be one both families will eagerly await throughout each of the twelve days.
For a list of twelve themed ideas you can give your chosen family to accompany the familiar Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” click here.
Video: Have I Done Any Good In the World Today?
Watch this Mormon Messages video on Service.
What is the most memorable act of service you have ever received? Leave a comment below.
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