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American Samoan Congregation Paints School and Cleans Beach

Young volunteers provide most of the service

The Tafuna 2nd ward, a congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, worked together on two successive Saturdays to give service in their community recently.

The service was part of an area-wide initiative called “Come and Help,” an effort to serve in the community and invite others to join in that service.


On Saturday 25 January the Tafuna congregation went to Maiu Mai, a public beach area, and mowed grass, cut brush, swept and painted in order to improve the area. This service was given by people of all ages, including small children.

The following Saturday, 1 February, this same congregation gathered at Tafuna High School and helped to paint the school.  

The project was completed with mostly youth, ages 12 to 18 ,doing the work.

Juni Jayson, a young volunteer, said, "I know when I am older I can paint better and I can paint my own house." 

The local principal was very pleased with the work done by the youth. He expressed his gratitude and complimented the youth for a job well-done.

Bishop Talataina Suifili was the leader responsible for organizing both projects.

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