News Release

Church Members and Missionaries participate in Island-wide Clean-up in Guam

On April 24, 2021, the Governor of Guam, Louise Leon Guerrero, called for an island-wide clean up in honor of Earth Month, and to beautify the island as it tentatively prepares to open back up to tourists on May 1, for the first time in over a year because of the pandemic. The event began at the early hour of 6:00 a.m., to beat the hot sun and humidity in Guam. That didn’t deter many as over 1,000 people participated, including around 100 Church members from the Barrigada Guam Stake and missionaries from the Micronesia Guam Mission. The Church members were clearly visible, wearing their bright yellow Helping Hands vests.

Area Seventy Elder Bill Davis said, “We had our missionaries and members walking side by side with members of the community picking up trash in the community. What a great blessing it was to be able to provide the service to others and to join with the community in this worthwhile effort. The people and Government of Guam are trying to prepare to the island to welcome tourists and visitors back into the island, so this was a great effort by all the citizens of Guam to help clean up our island in preparation.”

President Eric Hicks of the Micronesia Guam Mission said, “Our missionaries are so thankful for the opportunity to serve the people of Guam in any way possible. While it is great to help clean up our island, these young men and women are getting the real benefit through learning how to love and serve others.”

Members of the Barrigada Ward cleaned a stretch of highway fronting the Barrigada Chapel. Bishop Rod Boss said, “I was proud of all the youth that came out early in the morning because they could have made different choices and stayed in bed, but they chose to be here and that is a great thing.” Clearly the people of Guam agreed, as many motorists honked and waved in support as they drove by. The people of Guam take great pride in the beauty of their island and are deeply appreciative of all who helped to keep it pristine.

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