Reaching out between denominational lines is becoming more common in the Top of Utah.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other churches in the area are finding common ground when it comes to service projects.
Pastor Rob George, of the Christian Life Center in Layton, loves the unity he has seen. He uses the 4thesolution.org's Anti-Drug and Alcohol Rally, held recently at the Kenley Centennial Amphitheater in Layton, as an example.
"There will be LDS friends and those with other beliefs all over the place," he said. "We shouldn't let doctrinal differences come between us when it comes to something this important."
He also saw denominations come together when Christian Life Center Senior Pastor Myke Crowder made relief trips to Joplin, Mo., and Oklahoma after huge tornadoes ransacked communities in those places.
"Catholics, LDS members and people from churches all over the place came together to help," George said. "There were also people helping and making donations who consider themselves not religious."
Community involvement is encouraged by LDS leaders.
"A few hours here and there, right in our own backyard, can make a big difference. What would happen to Little League sports if no parents volunteered to coach? What friendships might be missed if no one organized neighborhood block parties? What would happen to those down on their luck if no one volunteered to help out at the homeless shelters and soup kitchens?" they write at mormon.org. "Good citizenship starts at home, and the small things we do to make our own street more beautiful have a bigger impact than we might think. We all have something valuable to contribute, we just have to figure out what it is and make it happen."
Neal Newell, the public affairs director from the LDS Welfare Department, said the church has shifted its focus to working with local agencies. As an example, he suggested, "Let's say members of the church in North Carolina." They used to build humanitarian and education kits, which would be sent to Salt Lake. Now they work with local agencies, he said, to keep "the efforts in the communities where they live."
The same is true in Utah. A Harrisville ward had a food drive as part of a Saturday morning breakfast for the ward. More than 200 pounds of food was delivered to Catholic Community Services in Ogden .
"It is amazing. A lot of churches are helping in what we do," said Maresha Bosgieter, who coordinates volunteers and outreach programs at Catholic Community Services in Ogden. "Every religion that I know of helps us. The LDS Church has been really great. They give us grants, so we can get food from the Bishop's Storehouse. We also have grants that help us with equipment.
"The Community Methodist Church has a food drive for us. The Alpine Church is also a regular donator."
She said the denominations and nonprofits also team up on helping those in need.
"We know what we offer and learn what others offer, so we can help people get to what they need," Bosgieter said. "We do what we can to promote each other."