Thursday, September 30, 2010

Road Show

This year’s theme is “Up, Up, and Away--Super Scripture Heroes.” The stake assigned us a scripture hero that we drew from a basket and then to write a script as them as a super hero. Our ward drew Helaman from the Book of Mormon. Helaman was a prophet and a war hero. He's most famous for being the leader for 2,000 stripling (or young) warriors. In all their battles not one of the stripling warriors was ever killed. Pretty cool stuff! Anyway, we've decided to do a scripture hero but make him modern day because we wanted to be able to be silly and still respectful. It’s a delicate balance :). It's going to be part of the skit that our hero was named after Helaman from the Book of Mormon and then he's going to run into three challenges and help people overcome them. We wanted to have a moral but we also wanted it to be funny. Sister Taylor has written a great script and has some darling songs. My favorite song is the closing song to the tune of “It’s a Small World.”

When we’re faced with choices from day to day,
When so many voices call us away.
We can stand and be bold
Like our hero of old.
We can be like Helaman.

We can fight like Helaman,
Stand for right like Helaman,
Shine our light like Helaman,
And be heroes too!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

General Conference links

Hello, friends!  Just a friendly reminder that General Conference is THIS weekend.  Below are a few links I used to make up our booklets delivered by our General Conference fairy :).  Enjoy!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

CROP Hunger Walk

CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walks are community wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations (like mine: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.

The best part about walking is meeting up with friends and raising some money both locally (25% gets used by local service providers) and worldwide. As part of this year's Burley 5th Wards Activity Committee I have committed to walk because I want to make a difference. I love participating in our community and meeting and mingling with all those people that strive to make a difference. I am in awe of their service and I'm anxious to be part of it.

I'm walking in the CROP Hunger Walk to help end hunger. Will you sponsor me? Click HERE to donate :).

Remember, if you want to travel fast, travel alone. If you want to travel far, travel together!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Mormon Helping Hands Service Project

The Church set aside September 11th as a date nationwide for a day of service for Mormon Helping Hands (you know, the yellow T-shirts we see in the LDS newsletter). Since our stake has already planned to help the Helping Hands Christian Center with a food drive this fall, they decided to move it up from October to September 11th for the service project.

Because of the conflict of Roadshow practice for the youth, we used High Priests and families to pass out flyers on Wednesday, September 9th. We’ve got a nice sized group to pass out flyers on Wednesday then the youth and their leaders to pick up donations on Saturday and take them to Helping Hands Christian Center. We hoped that involving more people would help raise awareness of the service project and perhaps improve participation.

We included an evaluation worksheet in each car doing service, and we collected their feedback there. Here is the data I was able to gather:
* 44 people volunteered to pass out flyers and pick up donations;
* 44.25 hours were contributed;
* 418 households were contacted; and
* 59 households donated items.

It was great because we got more people involved than we have in the past. On the evaluations forms, the youth said,
* "It made me [feel] good because I was helping people."
* "It was great to serve and help the Helping Hands and also see all the houses who donated."
* "Felt great serving our fellow men and the Lord!"
* "Felt good to serve."

Over all, it was an awesome experience for our ward. We felt we were able to provide opportunities to apply gospel principles and feel support in living them as well as create unity and a sense of belonging during this opportunity to provide service.