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Mormon Kids Spruce Up Tunxis Mead

More than 100 youth, leaders recently volunteered time at the park.

While some Farmington residents questioned whether the on Route 4 beginning this fall would benefit the town through community service typical of other religions, representatives for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints answered yes.

The proof is now visible at one of Farmington's most popular destinations - , where more than 100 LDS kids and youth leaders recently spent the weekend cleaning and painting to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Church's welfare program.

"We strive to keep the commandments of God and reach out to help others. Latter-day Saints have participated in annual service projects on this scale in the Hartford area for many years," said the Hartford Stake President Wayne Taylor in a press release. 

"Service to others is a large part of our faith and is a blessing in the lives those who serve as well as those who are served. We teach our youth to dedicate their time and talents to love and serve God and neighbors. This prepares them for a lifetime of service in their chosen vocation, in their communities and in the Church," Taylor said.

The volunteers donated about 500 hours at Tunxis Mead.

April Mock July 10, 2012 at 11:31 AM
This is nice, until soccer season opens. When Farmington families want to get to a soccer game on a Sat afternoon and Rt.4 is choked with traffic generated by the new Temple I believe the warm and fuzzy feeling will be gone. The picture of kids with paint brushes does not change the fact that Rt. 4 can Not handle the additional traffic we can expect. Nice Try!
Sas July 10, 2012 at 12:23 PM
This is just wonderful. Thank you kids and thank you parents!
Sas July 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM
.........and leaders!
Paul Hawkins July 10, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Wow. A group of kids can't volunteer their time to do something well meaning and constructive without getting criticized. Route 4 traffic has been a problem for decades. Nothing new here. I truly doubt this church will impact traffic very much. You might as well spend your efforts shutting down any changes or growth on Route 4 or start a campaign to build a bridge across the Farmington. Maybe a blockade of Torrington traffic would be a good project to start. Good job kids. It's nice to see young people willing spend time on volunteer activities. Welcome to Farmington!
Stacielyn Rydingsward July 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM
That is awesome!!!! :)
Mike Spring July 10, 2012 at 12:53 PM
This truly is great to hear. What a great way to teach kids respect for not only themselves but also to their surroundings. This is what makes up a town we all want to live in and be proud of!
Sas July 10, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I agree Paul and these kids are to be commended for all of their efforts. Again.....thanks to all who helped and all who support these young people.
Justin July 10, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Yes you are right April because the only way Farmington families get to tunxis mead is by route 4 and there is no other way to it.
stephanie smith July 10, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Thank you to the LDS kids for taking the time to help clean up part of our town.
Anne July 10, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Thanks to all those kids and youth leaders. Why are we criticizing a group of young people doing a nice thing? I haven't seen any kids from St. Patricks's down there cleaning up or from the congregational or episcopal churches in this town. Come on...leave the kids alone!!! Thanks again..keep up the charitable work. It isn't often that we see kids doing this sort of thing these days. More then likely we will see some one vandalizing the good work before we see this sort of thing again!!!!
Trenton Spears July 10, 2012 at 06:21 PM
The LDS Church is a very community active Church and their volunteer work in their neighborhoods is a world wide effort. It is always a win- win situation for everyone it not only benefits the community it also teaches our youth the principles of service to God and Country. I have personally been involved in many service projects with Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. One is the Great American Cleanup where thousands of Wards and Branches all over the United States bring their youth even kids as young as three and four years of age to clean and beautify the community on a one day service project. I know that some will say that the LDS Church is doing the service project at Tunis Mead Park to help with the Temple project exceptance. I can assure you that the LDS Church role in service work is to provide a positive and learning experience for our youth and leaders and vital help the community. I can say with certain knowledge that the LDS Church will continue in the future to do service to the Community in years to come reguardless of any construction projects approval. Sincerely, Trenton Spears
Tobey Harvey July 10, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Several points: No one ever criticized the Mormon children for their volunteer work at Tunxis Meade, St. Patrick’s , congregation and Episcopal churches all perform community work in Farmington, they just don’t need publicity and don’t need a PR department and lastly no matter how much volunteer work the LDS performs Rte 4 is still a traffic nightmare.
April Mock July 10, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Thank you Tobey, my point exactly. This is nothing more than a Photo Op to promote the temple and overlook the traffic nightmare ahead. Wake Up people!
pam doe July 10, 2012 at 11:58 PM
If the LDS chuch is "very community-active world-wide", why were they not providing community service to Farmington BEFORE proposing to build a temple here? I agree it is nothing more than a photo op and a publicity job.
Janet Colturi July 11, 2012 at 12:43 PM
If the biggest problem facing Farmington is getting our kids to their soccer games without traffic, we live in a pretty great town. I feel the that the LDL Church will be an awesome addition to Farmington. The volunteer work done by the youth of the Morman church deserves our thanks. Thanks Kids!!
Sas July 11, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Then life, itself, is a photo op waiting to happen!!!!!!!!! C'mon!!! Give the kids credit. For years I have tried to get kids from town to come down to The Meade and lend a hand cleaning it up for tournaments and special ocassions. I gave up. These kids did this and I thank them!
Trenton Spears July 12, 2012 at 04:21 AM
pam doe Most of the time the LDS Church does not advertize their service work and I am sure that there has been many service projects in the Farmington area that were not publized and that the LDS Church were involved in long before the Temple was announced. When any disaster happens the LDS Church will be there to assist the effected area with food, clothing and medical help. The Church does not expect anything in return. On the Church Tithing slip there is a place to donate to the Humanitarian Aid and members contribute to that fund so there will be funds availible should a disaster happen anywhere in the World. Pam sometimes the answers are there you just have to look for them. Best Wish's ,Trenton Spears
Greg Tomb July 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I was at Tunis mead on Saturday and didn't see kids doing anything but playing baseball. Maybe they took the picture and left early. For me the bigger issue is the design and scale of the proposed temple. It's own right obnoxious.
Robert J. Saget July 13, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Well, if "Greg Tomb" didn't see it happen then it definitely DID NOT happen. Sorry, everybody...False alarm...These kids didn't really spruce up Tunxis Mead. Thanks for clearing that up "Greg Tomb". They really has us going...
Sas July 13, 2012 at 09:50 AM
So is Rivers Edge Plaza, in Unionville. obnoxious, unsafe and inconvenient but it is what it is. So Greg, what constitutes obnoxious to you???? Maybe you meant ostentatious!
Eastsider July 13, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Well I was at Tunxis Mead and I saw it happen. I thought it was awesome, as far as I could tell it was a lot of high school age kids going to town with paint etc. I had no idea it was the LDS folks and frankly it doesn't matter who they were other than to give credit where credit is due.. You whiners ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Welcome to Farmington and don't mind the crankies, we don't pay attention to them either.
Sas July 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Two Thumbs Up Eastsider!

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