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Day 15 #LightTheWorld, Blessed Are The Merciful


Hundreds of food items were collected recently for donation to those in need by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Marion Stake (diocese) as part of their annual community Christmas event - this year at a 'Bethlehem marketplace'.

“Christmas is a time for compassion and remembering the love of Jesus,” explains Christine Knott, organiser of the event. “We wanted people to come and see, to experience what it might have been like when Jesus was born, but also to accept the challenge to be more like the Saviour in providing charitable service to those in need.”

This year’s event featured “a night in Bethlehem," held at the local Onkaparinga ward (congregation) building. Patrons had the opportunity to explore an ancient Bethlehem-themed marketplace before sitting to watch a depiction of the Nativity, and to join in singing Christmas carols.

Many were dressed in biblical garb and ‘paid’ a 'Roman tax collector' their donations of food to enter the marketplace. These were subsequently donated to Anglicare to help support several hundred local individuals and families that receive help from the organisation.

“The donations will help some of our locals to get through the tough times they are presently experiencing,” said Marion Stake President Jason Ellis. “This is a very busy time of year, particularly for the Anglicare staff who support hundreds of people experiencing tough times. We wanted to coordinate our efforts in reaching out in mercy to relieve some of the burdens that many are feeling.”

President Ellis added, “Many of us strive for harmony and a reasonable balance in life, seeking to be self reliant. However the unexpected or unfortunate can occur, making us feel as though our lives are crumbling around us. Instead of judging others in such circumstances, we seek to extend a hand of mercy to assist those that find themselves in challenging times.”

“This show of compassion not only blesses the lives of those receiving the donations, but also the lives of those that gave. It is a gesture of mercy that emphasizes Christ in this Christmas season,” said Christine.

Jesus's sacrifice on our behalf was the greatest example of mercy. We can follow His example by extending mercy and compassion to others wherever we can.

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