Thursday, April 5, 2012

My time at BYU Y-Serve

One of the greatest blessings for me in college was being able to serve as a program director for BYU Y-Serve. I've had so many faith building and fulfilling experiences serving alongside kind young men and women. I've truly enjoy every step of the way from planning volunteer events and to actually implementing them.

Tonight, I was able to attend the Y-Serve spring symposium, a wonderful banquet to provide program directors with the opportunity for reflection of service. Our exceptional service council president, Joey shared an excerpt from President Gordon B. Hinckley,

“The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.” 

I am sure without a doubt that for this reason, we are commanded to serve our Heavenly Father's children--to learn to love even as He does.  Joey also went on to remind us that there is never someone you couldn't love a little more or serve a little more, which I completely agree with because the act of service is infinite love that can be given without end. Through service, we carry out Christ's work; put into action his infinite atonement that is meant for ALL of us.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience in service these last few years. Being a program director and volunteer really has been the most valuable experience of my college career and has made all the difference in my life. I love using my skills combined with my love for people to serve them. I want to make a difference their lives. I want to lift up some of their burdens. I want them to be happy and full. I love being able to serve with my husband, and getting to see an extra sweet side of him, aside from his service to me. I feel that even though I make mistakes (which I do tons of), service is the one thing I can always do right.  Serving my brothers and sisters shows my commitment to my Heavenly Father and makes Him happy, and when He is happy, I am happy. I want so much to make Him proud of me. I love Him so much and am indebted to Him for my life and all that I have.

Life is just so much better when we do service. Although this chapter of my life is coming to an end, I look forward to the opportunities ahead to serve others.  I will continue this calling for the rest of my life, and I hope I can inspire others to do so as well.

P.S. I was recognized for my completion of the National Americorps program by providing over 300 hours of service in a year. I also received the Y-Serve's Silver Award.  Props to all of the others who have achieved these awards. It requires many hours of dedication to service. I especially want to say how proud I am of Allie, my service council member, for all that she has achieved thus far.  I cannot think of anyone else who is more deserving  of this recognition.  She genuinely loves and serves with all of her heart.  I can feel that love every time I'm around her.  She is a true friend. I love her so much and it has been a great pleasure to work with her this past year.

1 comment:

  1. Martina!!!! Ahh this is so hard to leave. :( You have made my experience! Thanks for being such an inspiring example for me and everyone in the Center! Thanks for all the lives you've truly touched! I love you!!!