Physical, spiritual help for the needy

CHIHUAHUA, Mexico — An activity that combined service and missionary work was performed here Dec. 2 by youth of the Chihuahua Mexico Tecnologico Stake.

The young people began several months ago by planning a Christmas project. They raised funds to buy food, with some youth washing cars, others baby-sitting — doing whatever they could to earn money.

With the money, they purchased food that was assembled into packages for 45 needy neighborhood families. Together with bishops, they identified the recipients.

"In our stake boundaries, there are areas of great need," said President Luis E. Juarez, counselor in the stake presidency.

The youth divided themselves into teams and followed ward boundaries to deliver the food to the needy families.

"It was an emotional experience to hear their experiences," he said. "They read selections from the Book of Mormon and shared their testimonies. In some cases, the families wept with them, touched by their enthusiasm and love.

"They blessed the lives of these people both spiritually and temporally. This group of youth is very special. I have seen their spiritual and temporal growth as they participated in this project and previous projects."

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