Members in Texas Participate in Community Service

  From the Church News

  • 6 May 2013

“Service captures the heart of both those who serve and those who are served.” Jerry Elmer of the Lewisville Texas Stake presidency

FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS

Members of the Lewisville Texas Stake joined forces with a community program in the town of Flower Mound, Texas, to help neighbors clean up and beautify their homes by clearing overgrown yards, fixing broken fences, and mending peeling facades.

Calling it the “Lend a Hand Initiative,” led by Mayor Tom Hayden, the town seeks help from the community in the form of donations and volunteer muscle to change lives.

“Service captures the heart of both those who serve and those who are served,” said President Jerry Elmer, first counselor in the stake presidency. “We are grateful for the opportunity to serve those in our community who are unable, for whatever reason, to help themselves.”

The Lend a Hand Initiative launched its first effort on March 22, benefitting disabled Vietnam veteran John Baker. With donated monetary support, materials at cost, and dumpsters provided, members of the Church showed up in force to provide the labor, replacing siding, painting, and removing debris.

“I know I can always depend on a large number of volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to turn out,” said Marilyn Lawson, board director of Keep Flower Mound Beautiful. “It is really important to get all groups in the community involved to help those in need. I appreciate The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints setting this example.”