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About 350 youth from the Pocatello, Central, East, Alameda, and West stakes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered April 16 to remove leaves and winter debris from the Mountain View Cemetery in Pocatello.

POCATELLO — Nearly 350 youth from the Pocatello, Central, East, Alameda, and West stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered the morning of April 16 to remove leaves and winter debris from the Mountain View Cemetery in Pocatello.

This annual service project is part of the church's "Mormon Helping Hands" initiative. According to organizers, the spring cemetery beautification project is one way the youth of the church are able to provide service to the greater Pocatello community.

“There was a sea of yellow vests and cheerful faces,” said Sally Symons, a young women’s leader from the Pocatello East Stake. “The weather was great and lots of work accomplished.”

Youths ages 12 to 18 wore yellow vests showing the words “Mormon Helping Hands” on the front and back of the clothing.

“Mormon Helping Hands'” goal is to provide Christian community service and disaster relief where needed, according to the press release.

The youths who took part gathered at a local church to enjoy a pizza lunch after their work was done.