In a few weeks, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold another semi-annual General Conference. This is something that happens every April and October. It seriously feels like Christmas for me. I get so excited for Conference weekend.
Why am I telling you about Conference? Well, it's because I want to share a past conference talk with you today. It is one that I have been thinking a great deal about over the past few days. Like you, I have seen many heart-breaking images from the recent tragedy in Texas and Louisiana. I have wanted to reach through my computer so many times and extend a helping hand, but I can't. So what can I do? What can any of us do?
There is always prayer.
Why the Church?
"There is a second major reason the Savior works through a church, His Church, and that is to achieve needful things that cannot be accomplished by individuals or smaller groups.
One clear example is dealing with poverty. It is true that as individuals and families we look after the physical needs of others, 'imparting to one another both temporally and spiritually according to their needs and their wants.' But together in the Church, the ability to care for the poor and needy is multiplied to meet the broader need, and hoped-for self-reliance is made a reality for very many.
Further, the Church, its Relief Societies, and its priesthood quorums have the capacity to provide relief to many people in many places affected by natural disasters, war, and persecution."
But you don't have to take my word for it. If you skipped over the video, I implore you to go back to it and listen to the words of an apostle of the Lord with an open heart and mind. And, as the saying goes, actions speak louder than words so I would like to close this post with some recent social media posts about some of the church's humanitarian efforts.