Potpourri of service for Oregon's 150th birthday

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 month.

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 every case.

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