At Saturday’s General Women’s Session of conference, the general presidencies of the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary invited women of all ages to help refugees in their local communities through a relief effort entitled “I Was a Stranger.”
Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, asked Latter-day Saint women to “prayerfully determine what you can do according to your own time and circumstances—to serve the refugees living in your neighborhoods and communities.”
“This is an opportunity to serve one-on-one, in families and by organizations to offer friendship, mentoring and other Christlike service and is one of many ways sisters can serve.”
This message was echoed by the other speakers and short video clips presented during the women’s session.
To help members think of ways they can help, the Church has published information at IWasAStranger.lds.org. Letters were sent to ward and stake leaders from the First Presidency and the general auxiliary presidents. Guidelines for leaders have also been published on the website.
The website is available in Chinese (我作客旅.lds.org), English (IWasAStranger.lds.org), French (j’étaisétranger.lds.org), German (IchWarFremd.lds.org), Italian (fuiforestiere.lds.org), Japanese (IWasAStranger.lds.org/jpn), Korean (IWasAStranger.lds.org/kor), Portuguese (EraEstrangeiro.lds.org), Russian (БылСтранником.lds.org), and Spanish (FuiForastero.lds.org).
When sharing ideas about serving one-on-one to offer friendship, mentoring, and Christ-like service, please use the hashtag #IWasAStranger.
Watch Sister Burton’s address “I Was a Stranger.”