Tuesday, April 10, 2012


I was excited to be a part of the LDS Writer Blogfest until I realized that I needed to write something thought-provoking and my brain just didn't want to do it. I started reading through conference articles and pondering on Easter and the Savior. I realized something important has been lacking from my life this past couple of weeks. As I've stressed about my book release, our spring break vacation, sick boys, and my house being trashed by yet another water leak, I've been too focused on myself and my own worries. Much too often, I've reached the end of my day and realized I've done nothing to reach out and help someone else.

Serving others brings me so much joy. I want and need that joy in my life so I need to find ways to fit service into my busy days. Here are a few ideas I had:

1 - Write service opportunities on my calendar each day or week so I won't forget.

2 - Take advantage of this beautiful weather and get out and help someone in their yard or ride my bike to visit one of my elderly friends.

3 - Involve my children in service projects and visits. It's so great to teach them the joy of service and spend some quality time with them.

4 - Be a better visiting teacher, friend, and neighbor.

5 - Schedule in a temple visit and spend a few minutes on family history or indexing each day.

These are just a few ways I'm hoping will bring that joy of service back into my life. Please share your ideas in the comments. I'd love some more suggestions.

There are some amazing bloggers involved in the LDS Writer Blogfest. I hope you enjoy their messages.

Amanda Sowards

Angie Lofthouse

Ben Spendlove

Brittany Larsen

Cami Checketts

Charity Bradford

Danyelle Ferguson

Giselle Abreu

Julia Keanini

Julie Coulter Bellon

Kasey Tross

Kayeleen Hamblin

Kelly Bryson

Krista Van Dolzer

Laura Johnston

Melanie Standford

Rachelle Christensen

Rebecca Belliston

Sierra Gardner

Stephanie Worlton


  1. It is SO easy to get caught up in our own lives. This past month our relief society decided to do 170 acts of service in celebration of the 170 years of relief society. It really helped us refocus and make that extra time in our lives to serve.

    Good luck!

    1. That's amazing Charity. I might steal that idea for our relief society!

  2. Thanks for these thoughts, Cami! I'm always thinking about #4. I love how the Relief Society is focusing less on numbers and more on people when it comes to visiting teaching. It's harder to get back on track when you fall off the visiting teaching bandwagon and all you're worried about is numbers. But when you realize it's all about the people, anyway, it doesn't matter how long you've been away. Going back to those ladies' houses is always the right thing to do.

    1. That's so true, Krista. Sometimes I wonder if they get sick of me bugging them all the time but it's all a matter of how it's approached. Thanks for stopping by,

  3. Those are great goals, Cami. Thank you for your thoughts. It is easy to get caught up! Glad you joined in on the blogfest!

    1. Thanks, Lo! The days do just spin by, don't they?

  4. Service is something I think about a lot. It's really easy to do the stuff we "have to" do, like a calling or being a mom. It's the out of the way stuff that's hard. It's also the most fulfilling sometimes. Good luck with your goals. I'm going to be thinking of some for myself, as well. Thanks for joining the blogfest!

    1. Thanks, Kayeleen, I really appreciate you inviting me,

  5. Such a beautiful reminder of service :) Thanks for the ideas :)

  6. I have to remind myself to give as well. Thanks for sharing these ideas- they propmpted me to think of a few of my own! Nice to meet you and good luck with your book release:)

    1. Thanks, Kelly. Now I just need to remember and do them!

  7. I have a hard time with service as well. I can't remember which talk it was, but one of the GA's said that we should be aware enough of others needs to help them before we're asked. So hard. Great ideas, wish I could add some but I'm coming up empty.

    1. Thanks, Melanie! That's a great thought about being aware. I can't remember who said to do the right thing at the right time without delay. I always struggle with knowing. Guess I need to listen better!

  8. That is great advice! Thanks for the reminder. I needed that.

  9. Yeah, service is the answer to many of life's ills. Why is it so easy to forget that? Speaking of which, the month is half over already.


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