Last week, the MTC youth gathered at the Bishop’s Storehouse in Inwood to learn about the wonderful welfare program of the church and to participate in a service activity at the storehouse.
It may have been a cold and rainy night, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the always-enthusiastic MTC youth as we headed uptown to gather at the Inwood church building for a lesson about the church welfare program and a service project at the Bishop’s Storehouse. With the holiday season in full swing, it is more important than ever to remember our brothers and sisters in need, for whom this time of year is not necessarily one of comfort and good cheer, but often a time of cold, hardship, and loneliness. We felt grateful to be part of a church that gives so much effort to caring for those in need, be it through the worldwide humanitarian efforts or the closer-to-home aspects of the welfare program, such as the Bishop’s Storehouse located at the Inwood building. We felt inspired as we learned about how the storehouse is used to provide food and support for families facing especially tough times, while also helping them find opportunities to become financially self-sufficient once again.
The main event of the evening was our service project at the storehouse. Our goal was to prepare the storehouse for the large incoming shipment scheduled for the next day, which required taking a detailed inventory of everything currently in stock. We broke up into teams and set to work counting, stacking, and organizing so that all would be ready for the following day. You would never guess how much fun you can have counting cans of pinto beans! We all had a wonderful time doing something even as simple as taking inventory, since we knew that it was helping countless families in a very direct way. It was a privilege to be following the example of the Savior and helping those in need in whatever way we could.
ON YOUR OWN
If you would like to take part in this week’s MTC activity, then we encourage you to find some way to help the needy. You could take lunches to the homeless, donate to a coat or food drive, or contact your ward welfare specialist to learn how you can help at a nearby storehouse. Feel free to share your experiences with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or in the comments below!