This weekend will be near the top of greatest experiences I have had in my life. I went with this group of neighbors from my LDS ward in Round Rock and joined hundreds of others from the Austin area including hundreds more from around the state to serve those affected by hurricane Harvey in Houston.
We spent all day Saturday "mucking" houses in a community in Katy, Texas. This included removing all furniture and personal belongings, cutting out the dry wall and insulation within the homes, and ripping out carpet and flooring throughout the house and placing it on the outside curb of the property. Afterwards, the hundreds of us gathered and slept on the gymnasium floor at Waller and Tomball High Schools to wake up, partake of the Sacrament and hold a short church service, and then go back out and continue to "muck". Words and these pictures cannot describe or show the emotions and feelings that were felt during my time there. The place looked like a war zone, the work was hard and physically laboring, but my personal sacrifices and physical pain is nothing compared to what those in Houston are dealing with and feeling. People lost everything including pictures and family heirlooms that were meaningful. But being able to serve and see the gratitude and humility of those most affected was life changing. So many people and organizations have come together to help these people and their community start to rebuild; The feeling of comradery was present. It will most certainly be a long and hard road for many and I cannot begin to count the many blessings in my life and hope and pray for all those affected.
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