The most wonderful aspect of what we do here is service to others. As Latter-Day Saints we are taught over and over again that service to others (starting with your own family members and working out from there) is the very heart of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is our goal to establish Zion which is a society where every man voluntarily seeks the interest of his neighbor.
Amazement is the typical reaction when people of the world occasionally become aware of members of the Church who are actually trying to love their neighbors as themselves. We have witnessed several examples of this recently, one of which happened in a hospital in Paterson.
Sister Sheryl gained her own personal witness that the Church is true and was baptized many years ago. However, her struggle with smoking made her feel "impure" and she stopped attending. When she moved from New York to New Jersey the Church became unaware of her location. About three weeks ago she was diagnosed with cancer throughout her body. Her husband, who is not a member, called the Paterson branch president (President Bria) who called us. Soon Sheryl was being visited by branch members, various missionaries, and members from the ward where her home is located. President Bria and another priesthood leader gave blessings to both Sheryl and her husband.
On our first visit we met Rosemarie who is a member of the hospital staff. A few days later our branch Relief Society President went to visit for the first time. As she was looking for Sheryl's room she bumped into Rosemarie and asked directions. Rosemarie said something like, "Are you another Mormon? There have been so many and they don't even know Sheryl. There was even a couple from California. I think I want to join your church!"