Mormon Helping Hands

As if the pierogi get together was not enough excitement this weekend, we had another fun event on Saturday.

Szlachetna Paczka is one of the Polish charities here that my family and I are big supporters of.  The other day one of the local organizers shoot me an email looking for volunteers to help a single father renovate his new apartment that he got from the city that helps under privileged families.

The father had been working on his own for the past few weeks fixing the apartment but when my friend heard about this family and the help they needed he sent me an email to see if I could once again be willing to help him out along with the missionaries from the church. Our church strongly believes that we should those around us and has program called “Mormon Helping Hands” so this was our way of helping those around us.

It was a no brainer, our afternoon was free so off we went to help this family.

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First up for these 2, door framing.

I love seeing smiles like this one these guys.

I love seeing smiles like this one these guys. Here they are busy sanding away one of the walls that was already refinished.

A few of them busy at work scrapping the paint off the walls in the highway.

A few of them busy at work scrapping the paint off the walls in the hallway.

My daughter is thinking is this wall done yet?

My daughter is thinking is this wall done yet?

Time to fix the hole in the wall.

Time to fix the hole in the wall.

One of the missionaires had WAY to much fun with this job!

One of the missionaries had WAY to much fun with this job!

I only took out one knuckle scrapping around these pipes.  This missionary well that that is a different story.

I only took out one knuckle scrapping around these pipes. This missionary well that that is a different story.

Everyone hard at work in the new living room area.

Everyone hard at work in the new living room area sanding away.

This apartment was abandoned for a while, so you can see that a few people had some fun on the wall while it was empty.

This apartment was abandoned for a while, so you can see that a few people had some fun on the wall while it was empty.

After about 3 hours it was time for a lunch break.  So pizza delivery it was.

After about 3 hours it was time for a lunch break. So pizza delivery it was.

Time to eat!

Time to eat!

One of the pizza's was this corn, chicken and bbq sauce one that tasted AMAZING!

One of the pizza’s was this corn, chicken and bbq sauce one that tasted AMAZING!

As it was a bit dusty in the apartment so we took the pizza outside to eat them.

As it was a bit dusty in the apartment so we took the pizza outside to eat them.  To tell how great people can be, another volunteer from this charity could not make it to help as they were out of town but they wanted to help out so they sent money to pay for these pizza’s.

I love this group of young adults! While I may not be their mom by blood to 6 of them, but had a proud "mission" mom day for all of them including my own "L"!

I love this group of young adults! While I may not be their mom by blood to 6 of them, but had a proud “mission” mom day for all of them including my own “L”!

In the Book of Mormon, we read in Mosiah 2:17 - “And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.”

Several people say that we are angels for helping the way we do.  But we aren’t, we are just people who saw someone who needed help.  We spent the most amazing 4 hours with this family.  When the whole gang of 8 of us showed up at his apartment you should have seen him smile from ear to ear, that is why I do what I do.  Yes, I could have spent those 4 hours working in my yard as I haven’t done any spring cleaning yet, or my daughter and I could have spent the afternoon hanging out at the mall doing girly stuff but the quality time spent with my daughter doing God’s work is something that we will be talking about together in the years to come.  “Do you remember that day when we scrapped and sanded that guys house?”

What is one of your favorite memories with your mom or dad?

love kelley
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2 Responses to Mormon Helping Hands

  1. Lanea says:

    Hi There!
    I love your posts! And your blog in general!!
    I came across it this morning when I was searching for the LDS “meetinghouse” / branch that I hear is located in Bydgoszcz. My mother is going to be traveling to Poland at the end of May to see the places her ancestors used to live, and she would love to attend church on Sunday while she is there. Any chance you could get me any info about time and place? She will be travelling with her cousin who is from Poland but now lives in Germany and does not speak English. She is spending most of the week between Poznan and Bydgoszcz, but her weekend will be in Bydgoszcz so that’s where she would like to go to church. I’d love to hear from you, and if you are wiling, I’m sure my mom would love to chat with you by email about customs and such!! Please email me, and I will give you her address if you are up for it. Much Mahalos!
    Lanea

    • Lanea,

      I am so sorry for not getting back to you sooner on this! This went to my spam folder.

      I am excited to hear your mother is coming here to Bydgoszcz. We have church service here in Bydgoszcz on Sunday’s starting at 10:00. The address to the church is Śniadeckich 8. We actually have a missionary here now that is from Germany so we have someone that can translate from Polish to German for her. Church here is in Polish and we have the missionaries translate it to English for us.

      Please give you mother my contact information if she has any questions. My email is kkagele@gmail.com.

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