Locals participate in Latter-day Saints service project

Special to The Log
The Smartt family from a local ward was in Utah and bought several items at the Light the World machines. [CONTRIBUTED PHOTO]

As part of a gigantic world-wide service project launched by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the month of December, the members and their friends and relatives were encouraged to do as Christ did, and serve others, thereby lighting the world.

In week one, members were encouraged to serve globally; in week two they were to reach out to those in the community; week three was to show love to their families and those closest to them; and finally, they were to increase their own faith in Jesus Christ by attending worship services, praying, visiting the temple and studying the scriptures.

The Young Women’s Group of the DeFuniak Springs Ward joined together to travel to Stanley House to sing Christmas carols to those in assisted living. All the missionaries in Fort Walton Beach gathered to man a booth at the Fort Walton Beach Landing to promote this initiative of service. They encouraged letter writing to those affected by the devastation of Hurricane Michael and had great results. The Young Women in the new Fort Walton Ward collected clothing and canned goods to send to Panama City.

Many families and individuals joined in by inviting widows to dinner, donating food to the homeless, calling or writing distant family members. And finally, one bishop, with his son and ward clerk, delivered gift bags to 19 widows in his ward consisting of lotion and a soft blanket for each.