Find Joy in Service this Summer

How are you spending your long summer days?

Everyone loves summertime because it brings warm weather and long days to do

whatever we want to with. There are a lot of good ways to spend our extra time, but

have we considered giving away some of our extra time to others in need?

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said “our Savior gave

Himself in unselfish service. He taught that each of us should follow Him by denying

ourselves of selfish interests in order to serve others.”

As we spend our time serving others, we find so much happiness and fulfillment in

our own lives. Bringing a smile to someone else’s face automatically puts a smile on

your own. Charity is the pure love of Christ. As we strive to serve and be charitable,

we are sharing the love of Christ with others and feel it more abundantly in our own

lives as well.

So here are some ways we can follow the Savior and volunteer our extra time this

summer.

1. Meals on Wheels: Meals on Wheels is a program dedicated to providing

nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks for senior citizens living

independently. These meals and visits help those who live alone and can’t

leave to get food on their own. There are several ways to volunteer with

Meals on Wheels. You can prepare meals, make deliveries, serve food at

social events for seniors or perform safety checks. To learn more about

volunteering in your area and to sign up, visit

www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org

2. Courage Reins Therapeutic Riding: Courage Reins is a riding center dedicated

to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities through

therapeutic riding. They encourage volunteers to “just come for one.” Come

for one rider, one lesson, once a week. Courage Reins is located in Highland,

UT and looks for short term and regular volunteers based on the time

commitment you are willing to give. To learn more about volunteering and to

sign up, visit www.couragereins.org

3. Boys and Girls Club: The mission of the Boys and Girls Club of Utah is to

inspire kids to reach their full potential. They are always looking for fun

individuals who love working with kids and are willing to share their time

and talents in providing a fun and uplifting environment for kids. They ask

that volunteers commit to one hour a week for three months. To learn more

about volunteering in your area and to sign up, visit www.bgcutah.org

There are so many different ways we can reach out and help others. Whether you

volunteer with an organization or simply say hi and open a door for someone, you

can find and share joy through loving service and have even more fun with your

summer.

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