Many families were away on trips over the long holiday weekend, but five LDS Church leaders and many Mormon volunteers, including David Archuleta, traveled to Louisiana to help and encourage those whose homes were damaged by the recent flooding.

President Russell M. Nelson, Elder M. Russell Ballard, Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Presidency of the Seventy, Bishop Dean M. Davies of the Presiding Bishopric, and Sister Neill F. Marriott, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency, met with more than 5,000 Mormon Helping Hands volunteers who have been tirelessly working to provide food and shelter for flood victims.

They toured one of four LDS meetinghouses that has been transformed into a “command center” to organize volunteer efforts as well as a Baptist church that LDS volunteers are helping to salvage from the flood.

“It’s wonderful to see people like you help other people,” senior pastor Melvin Meister told President Nelson, according to the Deseret News. “That’s what this country was built on: people helping people. We read about it in history, talk about it, and here it’s happening today.”

Full story at LDS Living.