Service: Stories & Poems

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Serving God through Serving Others

Friend May 2019 “Keeping the Orphans Warm” George Muller, a Christian, served God by helping orphans. He had strong faith that God would help him help them. Once, when the heater went out in one of his orphanages, he prayed that a warm wind would come to keep the children warm and that the workers would have a desire to get the work done quickly. His prayer was answered.

Following Jesus’ Example of Service

Friend November 2018 “What I Know” Action rhyme about serving people like Jesus—because we love them.

Friend January 2018 “Following Paw Prints” As Derek was following paw prints in the snow, he helped his neighbors along the way. He likes to follow the example of Jesus by helping others. (Also do the activity of finding ways Derek can help family members.)


Service Helps the Receiver and the Giver

We learn from those we serve.

Friend July 2017 “Best Camp Ever!” A boy is assigned to be a buddy at camp to Bryant who is blind. The boy keeps a journal and writes about it. He is worried about the assignment, but he finds that it is exciting  and fun  when the person you are serving accomplishes difficult things. Bryant serves him too by being an example of perserverance in doing hard things.








We Worry Less About Ourselves when We Serve Others/ We are Also Blessed

Friend August 2018 “The Lemonade Stand” After terrorist attacks, a girl and her friends are afraid. The girl also wants to help the victims but doesn’t know how. The neighborhood decides to host a lemonade stand to help raise money for the firefighters and their families. After helping with the lemonade stand, she feels better. Her mom tell she her that when she is being like Jesus, the Holy Ghost can help her feel happy and safe.

Service Doesn’t have to be Perfect

Friend Aug 1987 “The Bryan & Barney Circus” Children put on a circus to cheer up a sick friend. It doesn’t go well, but it does the job.


Service Prayer

Friend September 2019 “Praying Like Alma” Joplin got hit by a tornado and Isaac wants to go help,  but he’s too young.  While learning about Alma’s prayer for his son, Isaac got the idea to pray for the people of Joplin. He said prayers for them everyday.

Service Minded

Friend December 2018 “Saved from the Mud” Elder Parillo’s  parents were always doing things to help people, including letting people from their neighborhood sleep in their home whenever the houses flooded with mud.





Friend December 2018 “Brothers who Light the World” Brothers from Ghana like helping others. They use their piano playing talents to help others, they share their snacks at school with children who are hungry and have nothing to eat, and they like to teach the gospel to neighbors. (Link includes photos.)

Friend January 1989 “Oatmeal, Shovels, and Pyramids” Toby is always serving others, from his grandfather and  neighbor to his gymnastic teacher.

Friend September 2018 “Show and Tell” Lisa S., age 10, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, always looks for ways to serve at church. She looks for little children who need comfort or those who may feel alone. She passes out hymnbooks so that everyone can sing.

Setting an Example of Service

Friend February 2019 “Helper Like You” Jaylen watches her brother take bread to a neighbor, shovel another neighbor’s driveway, and then offer to help her build a snowman. She tells him that she wants to be a helper like him. (Link also includes an activity where children tell how they could help in each situation.)






Friend June 2017 “Show and Tell” Brandt secretly plans to clean up his grandma’s yard after a big storm, and his family sees him working and joins in.

Friend December 2016 “Cookies, Cans, and Christmas” A mother got out of  her car in the rain to help a homeless man pick up spilled cans in the road. It makes an impression on her kids.


 Service Helps Us Be Happy

Friend September 2019 “Show and Tell” “We got an extra meal from a restaurant so that we could give it to someone who was hungry. We saw a police car parked nearby and asked the policeman if he had eaten lunch. He had not! He said he was hungry and that we were a blessing to him. We had the best feeling knowing we had helped someone.” Callister, Kerrigan, and Preston S., ages 7, 5, and 3, Texas, USA (picture of children and police officer)

Friend March 2018 A man drops some money and Brianna gives it to him. She has a wonderful feeling afterwards

Friend April 2016 “Off to Chicago” Alex is sad his brother will be gone for 3 days, but he makes a gift to help his brother not be lonely and that makes Alex feel better.

Friend August 1987 “The Popsicle Race” Children find creative ways to serve others using Popsicle sticks.


Service Super Hero

Friend March 2018 “Matt and Mandy” Matt makes a super hero costume and secretly helps his mom.

Part one

Service Club

Friend November 2018 “Chalk Service” Nathan gave out invitations to be in a service club. For their first service they did nice sidewalk chalk messages at the homes of people who needed encouragement.





Friend July 2018 “The Service Club” Three siblings started their own service club. They first wrote thank you cards to people they appreciated and delivered them anonymously, and then they started delivering treats to people.


Family Traditions of Service

Friend November 2018 “Thanks and Giving”  Kate’s family have a tradition where every Thanksgiving each family gets some money from grandma to help someone in need. Kate’s family uses their money to make fleece blankets for children in the hospital.




Friend November 2018 “Our uncle passed away a couple of years ago. On his birthday right before he died, he asked us to help the homeless instead of giving him a present. So now every year on his birthday, we do things for the homeless. This year we made kits to give them. We can show Jesus love by helping others.” Ben and Paisley C., ages 8 and 3, Utah, USA


Service to Elderly

Friend March 2016 “Baseball Bill” A family adventure day spending time at a nursing home is more fun than expected. Service makes you feel good.







Service for the Sick

Friend November 2018 Kate’s family make fleece blankets for children in the hospital.




Friend August 2017 “Sister Sheldon’s Miracle” Children make a quilt for their much loved Primary president who has cancer.

Community Service

Friend August 2019 “Show and Tell”

I volunteer at Give Kids the World, where kids with critical illnesses stay for a vacation. I help by serving them slushies, ice cream, hot dogs, soda, and other foods. Anna Sophia A., age 11, Florida, USA

Our city does an interfaith food drive every year. We pass out fliers and then pick up the food left on the doorsteps. When we delivered the food to the depot, I felt really excited. My mom said that feeling was the Holy Ghost. Walker N., age 7, Alberta, Canada

Friend May 2018 “Matt and Mandy” (Part 1)  Mandy wants to help the lonely kids at school. A friend mentioned that her old school had a friendliness campaign, and her mom mentions that student council elections are coming up.





Friend June 2018 “Matt and Mandy” (Part 2) Mandy decides to run for student council.





Friend May 2018 “Junior Helping Hands” When Hurricane Irma’s hit Florida, Autumn helped by collecting backpacks full of school supplies.

Friend November 2017 “The Yellow Angels” President Eyring’s visited Florida after the hurricanes. The LDS members who came to help were known as the yellow angels because of the yellow helping hands shirts they wore. “Sometimes you will be the angel the Lord sends to bear others up.”

Friend June 2017 “Making Dolls” Jackson makes dolls for refugees.

Friend June 2017 “Cousin Camp” Cousins do service projects with their grandma.

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Friend April 2017 “Erika’s Dream Park” A neighborhood comes together to help make a dying girl’s dream come true of fixing up an old run down park.




Friend October 2017 “ Helping Out, One Pencil at a Time” Caleb helps his school set up a program to help refugees children. He then took the collected school supply kits to the refugee camp.





Friend January 2017 “Salsa Service” Brooks makes and sells salsa to earn money to help refugees.





Food Bank

Friend November 2015 “Macaroni Helper” Ari’s family helps at the food bank.
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Friend November 2015 "Macaroni Helper"

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Friend June 2016 “Buckets of Mud” Tayson helps get mud out of people’s basements. Activity and Refreshment


Neighbor Service

Friend November 2018 “Gavin and his family shoveled their elderly neighbors snow. It was fun at first, but doing it every time it snowed became tedious and difficult. One day, when they didn’t make it over,  Gavin saw the neighbor trying to do it himself, and Gavin realized how difficult it was for him. After that, shoveling for the neighbors wasn’t a chore, it was a joy.





Friend April 2018 “Furry Fun” Camila and her brother Tomás found a fun and furry way to serve their neighbors! Every Saturday, they walk dogs for people who have a hard time getting around.

Friend October 2017 “Helping Mrs. Brewster”

Friend August 1986 “The Extra Hug” A neighbor lady is always grumpy. Benjamin gives her hugs to help her feel better.
Friend June 1985 “The Picadilly Street Pirates” – A group of boys pretend to be good pirates that do service.

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Service Ideas

Friend March 2019 “Show and Telll”  Children serve by playing the piano to bring spirit, picking up trash at school playground, helping with weeding.

Friend November 2018 Kate’s family make fleece blankets for children in the hospital.

Friend October 2018 “The Talents Team” Several great stories about children who did service projects such as collecting pencils for school children in Africa, making quilts for the needy, and collecting supplies for an orphanage in Guatemala. Photos are also included.

Friend September 2018 “Caring and Coconuts” Lui and his family share their garden food with others.

Friend August 2018 When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Hailey and London saw news stories about libraries whose books had been ruined in the flood. They decided to raise money for new books. They made “Texas Strong” stickers. People from all over bought the stickers. Hailey and London donated all the money to their favorite library in Houston.

Friend May 2018 “Cards and Caring” Brady made and sold cards to make money to help foster kids and refugees.

Friend January 2018 “Sharing Snacks and Smiles” Sam and Anastasia make snack kits for the homeless.


Friend December 2017 “Gabriel’s Cello” Gabriel played Christmas songs on his cello at a shopping center for tips to give to the food pantry to feed the homeless. (Includes photos)

Friend  November 2017 “Secret Service Sisters” Twin sisters decide to surprise their friends and family with secret service.


Friend October 2017 “Show and Tell” “I decided to collect and donate pet food for our local pet pantry program. I named it #operationfeedthepets. It made me feel good to help families that need help feeding their pets.” Julio A., age 7, Florida, USA

Friend June 2017 “Show and Tell” Two girls do a neighborhood food drive.

Friend March 2017 “Reading for Wheelchairs” Zach reads to people for 10 cents per minute and donates the money to buy wheelchairs for LDS Humanitarian Services.





Friend June 1988 “The Deseret Clarinet” A girl learns that giving things to Deseret Industries helps people, and she is then more willing to give away some of her old things. (Link also includes a list of the reasons DI was established.)

Friend April 1988 “Scavenger Hunt” While on a Scavenger hunt, some children find a frail, old lady who doesn’t have any food in her cupboards. They decide to do a different kind of Scavenger hunt and they collect food for the lady.

Friend October 1987 “The Pumpkin Phantom” A boy secretly gives away the pumpkins he grew so the children can have pumpkins to carve at Halloween.


Friend October 2015 “Happy to Help” – Children volunteer to help neighbor rake leaves.

“Mom’s Magic Bread “– Friend February 1985 – Boys learn that the magic of giving bread away comes from sharing love.
Emily’s Lawn Service” Friend June 2015- Girl earns money to give to a family whose father has cancer.
“Boots” Friend December 1984 Girl gives snow boots to another girl who doesn’t have any.

 Stories about children’s service projects. Includes photos of the children doing the service. February 2015April 2015,  July 2015, June 2015,  May 2015, August 2015, September 2015, October 2015, December 2015, etc.

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Outgrown Treasures -At her family yard sale, a girl willingly sells her treasures (toys) at a low price to a family who are in need. Friend June 1983

Friend June 1983 “Outgrown Treasures” -At a yard sale a girl willingly sells her treasures (toys) at a low price to a family who are in need.






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Friend September 2015 – A boy helps another boy learn English and is blessed.






















Friend December 2015 “The Woodpile” A family gives away their wood to help a family who needs it to heat their home.

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Friend April 1984 “A Time to Act” “A girl will lose the opportunity to be volleyball captain if late for school again, but she does the right thing and helps a girl who becomes afraid crossing the street.
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Friend April 1984 "A Time to Act"

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