Golightly, of the D.C. area public affairs office, volunteered to tabulate the results of the “Day to Serve” projects and was overwhelmed with the amount of information she received. She thought she could summarize all the data over the weekend but received so many reports from so many successful service projects that she said it would take her several days to get the final estimates of how much good was done on this one day.
“I was between tears and smiles all day long as I received such inspiring reports from so many people,” she said.
“By any measure, this was an enormous, unprecedented success," Elder Lansing said, "We made so many new friends by simply doing what we do best: serving Jesus Christ and inviting others to join us. We’ve already been told by the governors' offices that they’re ready to do it again next year, so we won’t have a lot of down time before we start planning our Day to Serve for 2013.”
A “Day to Serve” exhibit is now being planned for the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors Center to highlight the interfaith efforts and the countless heartwarming stories behind the numbers, Gerard said.
Laurie Snow Turner is a writer in the Washington, D.C., area. She blogs at lauriesnowturner.com.
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