Way to go us!! Seventh year Utah is at the top for volunteering. Read all about our gift-giving here. I have no doubt that we'll be at the top of the list if we follow the advice President Monson gave in August 2008:
“Our opportunities to give of ourselves are indeed limitless, but
they are also perishable. There are hearts to gladden. There are kind
words to say. There are gifts to be given. There are deeds to be done.
There are souls to be saved.
As we remember that “when ye are in
the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your
God,” (Mosiah 2:17) we will not find ourselves in the unenviable
position of Jacob Marley’s ghost, who spoke to Ebenezer Scrooge in
Charles Dickens’s immortal "Christmas Carol." Marley spoke sadly of
opportunities lost. Said he: 'Not to know that any Christian spirit
working kindly in its little sphere, whatever it may be, will find its
mortal life too short for its vast means of usefulness. Not to know that
no space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused!
Yet such was I! Oh! such was I!'
Marley added: 'Why did I walk
through crowds of fellow-beings with my eyes turned down, and never
raise them to that blessed Star which led the Wise Men to a poor abode?
Were there no poor homes to which its light would have conducted me!'
as we know, Ebenezer Scrooge changed his life for the better. I love
his line, 'I am not the man I was.'
Why is Dickens’ "Christmas
Carol" so popular? Why is it ever new? I personally feel it is inspired
of God. It brings out the best within human nature. It gives hope. It
motivates change. We can turn from the paths which would lead us down
and, with a song in our hearts, follow a star and walk toward the light.
We can quicken our step, bolster our courage, and bask in the sunlight
of truth. We can hear more clearly the laughter of little children. We
can dry the tear of the weeping. We can comfort the dying by sharing the
promise of eternal life. If we lift one weary hand which hangs down, if
we bring peace to one struggling soul, if we give as did the Master, we
can—by showing the way—become a guiding star for some lost mariner.”