This has been an Unbelievable week. I have been moved to tears many times, as I, with my dear friends have taught and explained Days for Girls to thousands of people. Yesterday alone, we participated in a huge city-wide event up north in Kaysville, Utah. Last year when Celeste Mergens visited, I took her to meet a reporter from our local Deseret News, Kristine Friederickson, who wrote a nice piece on the work we are doing here in Utah. You can read that article here: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865607186/Days-for-Girls-is-changing-girls-lives-around-the-world.html?pg=all
A good man with a kind heart named Adam Wills in Kaysville read that article and it moved him. He called Celeste to learn about Days for Girls. She gave him my phone number and a few weeks later, Adam invited me to come speak to his Rotary Club very early one morning last September. It was a room full of good men, looking for opportunities to serve, both locally and internationally.
I left that meeting with many new friends. In that meeting we talked about holding a huge DfG event sometime this year, where we would invite the entire community of Kaysville, including civic and church leaders and their congregations and the kids from Davis High. That event happened yesterday. It was huge. In the pictures below you’ll see that about 1000 people showed up, 500 or so in the first hour or two! Our wonderful teams of leaders and helpers put everyone to work, and we worked all day long. Ten times, every hour on the hour I taught our new volunteer friends about the mission of Days for Girls. I never tire of telling this story.
By 6:00 last night, we were Exhausted and filled with Joy. As we packed our cars and trailers and expressed thanks to our helpers, we embraced each other and shook hands and found it hard to put into words what we were feeling. Great works of compassion were performed today by hundreds. Here are the people who made that happen:Pictured above: Davis High Interact Club Advisor, Shiela Okal; Chris Bauco, Rotary President; Ann Lewis; Melissa Clark; Heather Maxwell and Julie Treadwell, DfG Davis County Leaders; and Adam Wills, Rotary President Elect.
Today, Christopher Bauco, Rotary President sent this text to us:
I believe this happened yesterday:
From Elder Holland:
“I don’t know exactly how each of you should fulfill your obligation to those who do not or cannot always help themselves. But I know that God knows, and He will help you and guide you in compassionate acts of discipleship if you are conscientiously wanting and praying and looking for ways to keep a commandment He has given us again and again.”
This project moves me. I feel the Hand of God in the miracles that surround our work and I know that we are led to those who will help us and who do help us. They came in droves yesterday. They came to our many events last week, last month, and last year. I have no doubt they will come to the dozens of events we have planned in this new month. We have an obligation to help others. If we prayerfully ask, Heavenly Father will help us know just what to do. I feel Him directing my steps every day. Thanks to each of you who have joined me in this effort.
Here is a link to my Facebook Album of photos of yesterday’s Kaysville DfG Event:
And here are just a few of them:
For photos and news about all our other DfG events this week, take a look at our Facebook page: Days for Girls Utah. https://www.facebook.com/DaysforGirlsUtah?ref=hl