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When Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles—traveling with area and local Church leaders—paid a courtesy call at the offices of the NAACP in Jackson, Mississippi, on January 27, 2017, they were cordially received. But the physical state of their hosts’ facility disturbed Elder Holland.

“The carpet was worn, the paint was peeling off the walls,” recalled Elder R. Randall Bluth, an Area Seventy who was with the group. “But the reception we received from them was warm and impressive.”

Meeting with some of the association directors, the group discussed doing some projects together, such as a family history fair.

The day after the visit, Elder Holland was meeting with the coordinating council of the local Church units, but it was obvious to those present that the condition of the association offices still concerned him.

“He said he felt inspired to help these good brothers and sisters of the NAACP,” recalled President Steven D. Boone, president of the Jackson Mississippi Stake. “He asked if our young single adults and the full-time missionaries might donate some labor. He charged us with the responsibility to see the work through. We accepted. It seemed like the right thing to do.”

President Boone made an offer of assistance to the association leaders, who graciously accepted the help.

Bishop DeWayne Eady of the Florence Ward, through his professional connections, was able to obtain carpet and to secure paint at cost for the project, President Boone said.

“We had 14 missionaries who worked shoulder-to-shoulder with a number of Church members,” said President Bruce L. Olson of the Mississippi Jackson Mission. “So many missionaries volunteered we had to limit the number.”

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