When sophomore Carrie Olson Falahi wanted to start a club at Ozark High School, she enlisted the help of fellow 10th grader Victoria Sutter and freshman Rebecca Carr. The result was the Youth in Action Club.
Their mission: To spend time — not money— in service.
“I think time and service are among the most meaningful things you can give,” Carrie explains.
Rebecca agrees, adding, “It’s fun to get involved in a cause.” Little did these friends know just how much they would gain by giving service to others!
Video Courtesy LDS.org/youth
“It’s kindof like the only hope we have left in this world – is service, and caring for others.” – Rebecca Carr
Since February 2009, Carrie, Victoria, and Rebecca have organized a different service project every month. They have seen their club grow to over 50 members!
Words From A Prophet
“My brothers and sisters, we are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness—be they family members, friends, acquaintances, or strangers. We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us.”
~President Thomas S. Monson
In my mission, if someone asked for money, we would find out what they needed and help them get what they needed instead of giving money. I remember walking a man to the store and buying him bread, some meat, and an apple. Definitely more rewarding than giving him money. Plus, we got to talk to him about the gospel.
Way to go Carrie & Rebecca!
I was re-living my old high school memories of the Youth in Action club when I stumbled across this blog. I would have to say that this club has always been a good reminder of how making time to do service can really have a big impact on your life – and on others. The older I get, the harder it is to make time to serve (so it seems), but remembering this club always makes me want to strive to be even better at taking the time to serve. An update on the club: it is still around and serving the Ozark community today. Thanks for the blog post!
Thanks for the update, Rebecca! You’re right, making time to serve does seem to take a lot of extra effort as our lives get more complicated.