Elder Lamoti Manusete didn't have much growing up in Tonga. He remembers often having plain, old soup for dinner.
On Thursday, the newly ordained missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was happy to help people likely in the same situation his family was in years ago, providing meals to families in need.
"We have a lot of things in this world," Elder Lamoti Manusete, 18, of West Valley City, said. "A lot of people don't know that there's people out there who don't have anything."
Steve Griffin, Deseret News
All 1,400 missionaries stationed at the church's Provo Missionary Training Center were given the opportunity to assemble food packets for the Utah Food Bank on Thursday, helping to keep their minds off of missing their families during the Thanksgiving holiday, said MTC President David Martino, of Texas.
"It's a time we all need to give gratitude," he said. "We know that 'To whom much is given, much is required,' and this is a chance for them to put away their own thoughts and concerns and turn their minds to think about how they can help others."
Story by Wendy Leonard, lead image by Steve Griffin, Deseret News