In the April 2011 general conference, the First Presidency invited all to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Church Welfare Plan by rendering service to those in need. In response, the Taylorsville Utah YSA Stake prayerfully decided upon a project to honor the lives of service of individuals in the conventional stakes of the Church. They called it "The Widow's Might."
On a sunny Saturday morning in October 2011, nearly 1,000 young adults assisted about 600 widows with projects ranging from replacing a roof, to painting a house, to helping with yard work.
A video submitted by the Taylorsville Utah YSA stake to the 75th Welfare Anniversary Day of Service website captured many of the details of the day of service.
The spirit of service and friendship offered that day was best expressed by a vivacious sister, Nell Durrant, who invited a group of the young adults into her home to sing a hymn while she accompanied them on the piano.
"I love people. You can just come over and say hello to me. You don't even have to come over to work. Just come over. I love people," Sister Durrant said in the video. She was touched by the kindness she received from her new young friends.
"I don't think we realize how much this one little act of service really means to them," observed Sarah Brown, a young single adult who participated in the day of service.
Mary Campbell, a sister who was assisted that day, confirmed that thought, saying, "When the people come it's such a blessing to me, and it brings me so much joy. They're always so kind and friendly. … I don't think that the people that come to serve have an idea how much that helps me in my life. It's such a great blessing to me."
"The Widow's Might" turned out to have a double meaning. The young single adults became the widow's might — the physical strength to do tasks now too difficult. And the widow's might — the spiritual strength gained through many years of faithful living — inspired the young adults with a renewed dedication to the gospel and to service.
(Visit https://www.lds.org/service/welfare-75th-anniversary/day-of-service?lang=eng to view videos and photos of Day of Service activities around the world.) — Barbara Rolbiecki