Mormons helping flood victims in North Dakota

With a media centered on bad news, it’s great to read a good news story every once in a while. With the weather and natural disasters we’ve seen in 2011, there is no shortage of opportunity for mankind to reach out to his fellow being and offer assistance. Unselfish giving of help is something that you see coming from people of all faiths or no faith, and every act is commendable. As a Mormon, and as a Christian, I believe that we are truly under an obligation to help our fellow man, whenever and wherever we possibly can.

The story I read today was about a group of Mormon volunteers who have been driving 7 hours and spending days helping flood victims in North Dakota before returning home. They are providing service, gutting homes for flood damage repair. According to the article, such service would normally cost the home owner $8000-$20,000. They are doing it for free. You can read the entire article online here:  http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/local-mormons-help-gut-homes–in-flooded-minot-126308583.html

From the article:

Church members from states or provinces bordering North Dakota are volunteering. The Manitoba contingent was part of a group of almost 300 men from the Latter Day Saints helping out. The Mormons wear yellow T-shirts to indicate they are with the church.

“The people down there are just so grateful,” Robison said.

In two weekends, the Mormons have helped gut more than 200 homes. There is much more to do. Another 600 homeowners have requested their help and are on the Mormon group’s list.

Service, a teaching of Christ

Jesus Christ taught, primarily by example, that we must serve one another. He spent most of His mortal ministry going about doing good works, healing and helping, and lifting up those around him. He served his friends and loved ones, his followers, and even his enemies. Never seeking for glory, power or praise, Christ often went about helping people privately, even asking some not to speak of the miracles they had received.

True service speaks for itself, and is a mark of a humble follower of Christ. These volunteers gain little or nothing in the way of power, popularity or fame through their efforts- it’s unlikely the world will ever know their names. Their work is done quietly, and their reward is the feeling of joy that comes from helping another human being, a child of God, to overcome hardship, trial and sadness. I’m glad to see that the news media can’t help but notice, and that good deeds are still a thing worth looking at, reading about, and emulating.

Questions about Mormons?

LDS.org is a great resource if you have questions about mormonism. If you’re curious about Mormon humanitarian efforts, another great website is http://www.ldsphilanthropies.org/

And as always, feel free to ask me any question you’d like!

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