Service opportunities can be found in many ways, shapes and forms.
The Vineyard, an organization that allows people to load photos, translate documents and share the gospel, is available to anyone who wishes to participate, including students.
Brianne Cannon, the coordinator for The Vineyard at BYU-Idaho and sophomore studying photography, said there are diverse ways to make a difference with The Vineyard program.
“We have the opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in unique ways such as using social media, creating art and through cultural experiences,” Cannon said.
Cannon said that there are three divisions of The Vineyard: photography, translation and sharing the gospel.
“These activities are completely open to anyone who is interested in learning, participating or simply observing,” Cannon said.
She said that The Vineyard provides unique ways to share the gospel on their websites, so that members can find the information they need.
The volunteers of the photo contribution activity for The Vineyard take pictures and submit them to www.vineyard.lds.org so that the website is able to build a large database of pictures. Some of these photos will then be used in Church magazines, posters, blogs, etc., according to The Vineyard’s official website.
Once the work is submitted, church departments review the work and publish it online for anyone to access, according to the official website for The Vineyard.
“It’s a specialized Google because it’s for church materials,” said Tom Bailey, a junior studying photography. Bailey is a part of the photography section of The Vineyard at BYU-Idaho.
He said The Vineyard has provided him with a way to practice his photography skills and grow through the service.
According to the official website of The Vineyard, anyone from around the world, even those who are not members of the church, can participate.
“It’s a great experience to teach and to take things you know in the gospel and put them into print,” Bailey said.
Cannon said that The Vineyard is a wonderful place to get involved, especially for those who want to use the talents they have been blessed with to hasten the work of the Church.
She said that she has seen many miracles through the website and the work of the students who have been involved.
“I’d just urge everyone to at least try getting involved because it makes you feel good and brings you closer to Christ,” Cannon said.