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Watch: We love this small town shocked by missionaries shoveling driveways for free

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Elders Jarrett Jones and Spencer Olson clear driveways after a snowstorm in Adrian, MI.

One small town in southeastern Michigan was a bit taken aback by two young men shoveling driveways for free. In fact, the sight was surprising enough that a local TV station decided to feature the story on the evening news.

The town of Adrian, Michigan, was hit by a snowstorm earlier this week when reporter Chase Bachman for station WTOL-11 ran across two young men clearing snow at local residences.

The young men were Elders Jarrett Jones and Spencer Olson, who are missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in the Michigan Detroit Mission.

Watch the two elders take the unexpected attention in stride in the video below.

At first, the news team doesn’t mention that the men are missionaries, introducing them simply as “some teens” who “decided they were right for the job” of shoveling.

“Usually when you think about kids shoveling out driveways, you think, ‘Well, maybe they’re doing it for a little bit of extra money; maybe it’s their chores,” Bachman reports in the video. “But we talked to two people who are doing it just out of the kindness of their hearts.”

Bachman later identifies the young men as “missionaries for the Mormon church in Utah.” In his news interview, Elder Jones told Bachman that he and Elder Olson would shovel at least 15 driveways that day. According to Elder Jones, “[We] always want to help, but we just wanna go out and do it for free. We just want to help people out.”

At the time of this article’s publication, the temperature in Adrian, Michigan, is 18 degrees Fahrenheit, with the most recent storm having brought eight inches of snow in less than 24 hours—so we’re glad Elder Jones and Elder Olson have warm coats, warm hearts, and a positive attitude!

See the full news story here.

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