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Joseph Smith Sr. Family Gather for Reunion in Salt Lake Aug 2018

Written by Michael A. KennedyCreated: 7 September 2018


More than 500 Smith family descendants gathered in Salt Lake City to participate in the reunion, which included a service project to help refugees, who — like the Smith family and other early Church members — have been driven from their homes.

“You descend from a long line of people who believe in the Two Great Commandments — to love God and to love your fellow man,” said Sister Sharon Eubank, the director of LDS Charities and first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, who also participated in the program.

Of their participation in a service project to build beds for refugees, Sister Eubank said, “Your family does not just believe this, you live it.”

She shared examples of the love and charity of early Latter-day Saints, and noted that the greatest good is yet to come. “We have beautiful examples in the past, but the best examples will be in the future,” she said.

Watch these short videos highlighting the two service projects of working with “Sleep in Heavenly Peace” to build bunk beds for refugees and building log cabins: