MR says: With 10,000 Church members and participants from all around the world, this event is set to be the largest service project in Church history.
Seven thousand athletes from 177 countries are competing in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.
More than 30,000 volunteers are helping out and many of them are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The volunteer efforts in Southern California involve 10,000 Latter-day Saints from 50 stakes. They join people of many faiths and community organizations to welcome and provide for the athletes in the largest sporting event in the world this year.
Special Olympians who traveled thousands of miles from Uruguay received an enthusiastic welcome to America in Long Beach. Latter-day Saints lined the walkway to the LDS Institute of Religion. They are some of the thousands involved in the largest service project in the Church's history.
Because the athletes are so far from home, their families and their usual routine, some Californians wrote messages in their languages and created replicas of their flags.