Sister Elaine Williams,
"It's a necessary thing. We don't know who we help when we donate blood, but it's what the Savior said to do.
We do it because we love Him."
Elder Robert D. Hales, who served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since 1994 and as Presiding Bishop of the Church from 1985 until his call to the Twelve, passed away on October 1, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Mary Crandall Hales, and their two sons.
Funeral services will be held October 6, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. MDT in the Salt Lake Tabernacle and streamed live on LDS.org, MormonNewsroom.org, and other channels.
Brother Steven Hansen
"I wanted to participate in the Day of Service, and to pass the gift of life on to others. If my blood can help others, it's symbolic. The Savior gave His blood so I can live eternally, so I can give mine to help others physically."
In addition to the blood drive, the Day of Service (sponsored by the Montgomery Alabama Stake), held August 6, 2016, also included several other projects of a wide variety. Some examples, among others, included:
1. The Montgomery Humane Society where 7 volunteers came and worked for about 2 hours. Katie Martin, of Wetumpka, explained that they "walked all of the big dogs for ten minutes a piece and walked some of the other smaller dogs as well." Some of the dogs were fortunate to get more than one turn! :-)
2. Seven volunteers went to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts where they cleaned various art supplies for the studio that hosts many children's education programs. They sorted out dry markers and glue sticks, cleaned out watercolor sets, cut things, and so forth.
3. In collaboration with Healthy Kids in Greenville, Alabama, 20 volunteers worked from 9:00 am till 2:30 pm. building a new wooden fence at the Greenville YMCA.
4. Ten volunteers met at E.A.T. South, a community learning center near the Train Depot in downtown Montgomery, Alabama. For two hours, volunteers added protective slats to the chicken coop while others cleaned out the coop, turned the compost heaps, and weeded the gardens. Children fed garden scraps and weeds to the chickens, which were hatched and reared in local Montessori schools.
About 2,000 school children visited E.A.T. South last year, a number E.A.T. South hopes to double in 2016-2017. Farmer Caylor Rolling (firstname.lastname@example.org) invites volunteers to join them the first Saturday of every month from 8-10 am and every Wednesday morning from 8:30-10 am for volunteer opportunities and instruction in sustainable gardening. The farm is open to the public and welcomes visitors year-round.
The pictures below were taken from the project at E.A.T South.
News from the Montgomery Stake
Blood Drive Exceeds Goals/Expectations
As part of the Day of Service, held August 6, 2016, an American Red Cross blood drive was held at the Montgomery Alabama Stake Center. The turnout exceeded expectations attaining 122% of the goals for the event. Thank you to all who took time to volunteer in this life-saving endeavor! A few of the participants had the following to say:
Brother Richard and Loretta Holt, Clanton, Alabama:
"We do it because we know it's helping people who seriously need it. Seven years ago our daughter gave birth to her first child, our first granddaughter. The delivery was fine, but afterward she started hemorrhaging. She needed ten units of blood. She lived because ten people donated blood."
He now donates at least once a year, when the bloodmobile comes to Clanton. Brother and Sister Holt drove about 45 miles to donate blood.
August 6, 2016 - I was a Stranger - Day of Service
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Remembering Elder Robert D. Hales