Our Stake participated in the Helping Hands service project(s) on Saturday. Matt and I realize how important it is for our children to not only see examples of service, but to begin serving others and their community as young as possible. We thought we might take our entire family to the project, but then thought the girls at 1 and 3 might not be a lot of help pulling weeds, etc. So Matt, being the amazing dad that he is, took Jackson. He had no idea that he would be hiking 1/2 mile straight up a steep hill, through brush (no trail) with Jackson on his shoulders, to paint a famous orange rock (good thing we didn’t attempt that with Madie in the stroller :)).
It was quite the accomplishment, but the best part, Jackson absolutely loved painting the Pumpkin Rock and at the same time a lesson was being learned—service is not always easy (although in this case it was fun for him!), but necessary to our eternal progression.
It reminded me of how important it is to find those ways to help and serve others along our way and to teach our children this important principle, as well.
UPDATE: Added photos so everyone can see how far I had to hike! (From Matt)