Henry B. Eyring explained how "the Lord's way to help those in temporal need requires people who out of love have consecrated themselves and what they have to God and to His work." God hears the prayers of His children around the world, but His way of answering and helping them is often through us. We are His instruments, His tools, His hands. That is why it is so vital that we serve each other.
Viliame Talanoa is a great example of someone who has consecrated themselves to doing the Lord’s work by serving others. As the Field Director of the McKay Center’s Community and Reconciliation field, he works hard to plan and organize meaningful service projects so that other students can feel the happiness and blessings that come through service while helping to build and strengthen the relationships between the university and community that share this sacred, beautiful land.
One group of students was recently able to go to the Sacred Falls meditation grounds in Hauula where they worked alongside two Buddhist monks pulling weeds, cutting grass, filling holes, and helping maintain the beauty of those sacred grounds.
One student said that “Not only were we able to do service, we were able to get to know the monks as well. I feel like when we offer service to others, we not only provide an opportunity to be charitable but also the opportunity to build lasting relationships with one another. It is when we are serving others that we see them as our brothers and sisters, who, like us, are in need of ‘somebody to lean on’.”
Another student shared that “While attending the Sacred Falls service project I felt so much love and gratitude to these individuals who sacrifice their lives and devote them to their beliefs. We were able to enter the temple that they were building, and one of them spoke to us about the temple. It was humbling for me to realize that no matter what religion you are, there is beauty in sacrificing to your God.”
From offering a simple smile or a helping hand to participating in a big Saturday service project, there are so many ways we can all help and serve those around us in our daily lives. MAHALO to Vili for helping us find even more of those opportunities, to the countless students and community members who are anxious and eager to reach out and serve each other, and to David O. McKay for reminding us that "true happiness comes only by making others happy."
*Next service project will take place on Saturday May 27th @8AM in front of the McKay Center. Come with any yard tools you might have and be ready to serve our local Kapuna!