In western Oregon, 31 stakes are celebrating the state's 150th birthday
with a potpourri of diverse and large-scale service projects.
The vast majority of the service occurred July 25, running the gamut
from assembling emergency preparedness kits and collecting food donations
to beautifying schools and cleaning up cemeteries. A few stakes' projects
took place as early as April and some won't occur for another
Elder Marvin T. Brinkerhoff, an Area Seventy, visited several of the
service outings on July 25.
"They were wonderful," he said. "My wife and I got in the car and
traveled all over the Portland area and visited six of them. We were very
pleased — I think they met or exceeded our expectations in nearly
"It was just wonderful to go see firsthand what people were doing, and
also to see the reaction of those who were benefiting from this service. We
met public officials and school leaders along with our members. It was very
heartwarming to see not only the enthusiasm of the members but the
gratitude from the community."