by Emily Miller, Austin Stake Communication Director
ELGIN, Texas — Last Saturday, 10 members of the Austin Texas Stake helped pull weeds at a commercial farm in Elgin to prepare the fields for future farming endeavors. The unique farm provides paid agricultural work for refugees and teaches them how to farm using sustainable practices.
The Latter-day Saint volunteers were joined by five additional people from the community. Megan Call, a member of the Mount Bonnell Ward, reflected, “It was neat to come together with people from different communities, churches, groups, etc., and give a little help!”
The service project was organized by Sister Yisraeleve Ketoa Moeai from Pava’Ia’I, American Samoa, and Sister Mikayla Mattson from Lehi, Utah.
According to Sister Moeai, “There are so many ways in which we can show our love for those around us. For me, serving is one of the ways I show love. Being able to help and serve others brings light into my day and my life, especially when you do it with your friends! Surrounding yourself with those who have the same desire to serve others make helping others even more fun and exciting. I love serving and uplifting others!”
Becca Crandall, a member of the Mount Bonnell Ward and one of the volunteers, reflected, “As someone who has studied social innovation and how that can empower God’s children, it fills me with joy to see organizations like this one and be able to work with them.”