It was a day devoted to the community and service.
In the Spokane East Stake alone, the 2011 Day of Service involved roofing, dragging trees, hauling gravel and eradicating weeds.
Along with volunteers from all eight wards in the stake, representatives from St. Mary’s Catholic Parish and the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection donated time to the cause. A total of 558 people pitched in on half-a-dozen projects.
The work marked the second year that East Stake members have participated in the Day of Service. In April 2009, President Barack Obama declared Sept. 11, a “National Day of Service and Remembrance,” encouraging Americans to acknowledge the lives lost on 9/11 by donating their time and energy toward projects that benefit their communities. Families of the victims were instrumental in establishing the idea and implementing the program on a national level.
Each stake in the Spokane Temple District took part in the Day of Service this September, an event set aside to honor victims of Sept. 11.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined other religious and civic organizations throughout the country in lending support for the cause. This year, Church leaders included a tribute to the 75th anniversary of the LDS welfare program as part of service efforts throughout the world.
In announcing the proclamation for his state’s Day of Service, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell acknowledged the impact made by the welfare program.
“2011 marks the 75th anniversary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ welfare program, an effort which has improved the lives of countless individuals in our Commonwealth, these United States,... Read Full Story →