Salt Lake City Utah USA
“The Lord said that the great commandments are to love God and the other is to love your neighbor as yourself. And we’re awfully good about talking about it, but here you really see that in action. These people are really loving their neighbors,” said President Nelson after meeting the volunteers in Louisiana, including 125 workers from the Chattanooga Tennessee Stake.
“We express our sincere commendation and appreciation for the work of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and for the relief that your organization brings to so many,” said Bishop Davies. “We’d like you to know that three truckloads of food items will be delivered to the food bank.”
“I feel your earnest faith and purpose and desire to serve,” Sister Marriott told the congregation. “The spirit you’ve brought into the room has changed my heart, and I thank you for that.”
In the past couple of weeks, thousands of Mormon Helping Hands volunteers from Louisiana and surrounding states have participated in relief efforts in parts of Louisiana damaged in mid-August by the floodwaters. More than 60,000 houses were damaged, including the homes of 450 Latter-day Saint families.
On August 28, a special sacrament meeting attended by Louisiana’s governor and the mayor of Baton Rouge was held for volunteers at a Church meetinghouse in Baton Rouge.
The Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple was not impacted by the floodwaters, but two Mormon meetinghouses, the Denham Springs Louisiana Stake center and the Windbourne meetinghouse, received damage.