Arizona youth gain appreciation through service

Nearly 200 youth from the Mesa North Stake reached out on a recent Saturday morning with great effort and participation and helped their community.

The youth repainted a small Baptist Church in downtown Mesa and landscaped the yards of three apartments waiting to be the future home of homeless families."I think the kids came away with great respect and appreciation for what they have been blessed with," said Stake Pres. Stephen L. West. "It also reinforced the idea that we are all brothers and sisters."

Pres. West explained that the service project was done in conjunction with a youth conference that was held in his stake. He also said that the connection with the Baptist Church came from his counselor, John Linton, who became acquainted with the Rev. Lavert White.

Previously some young single adults in the stake helped serve food at the North Center Street Mission Baptist Church's 50th Jubilee Celebration. Later, as the planners for the youth conference looked for a service project, the idea came that the 50-year old church building could use some refurbishing.

"I think it was a great fellowship for all of us, added the Rev. White. "I hope we can do more of it. We serve the same God and He wants us to work together."

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