Kobe Bryant at service project  with LDS Missionaries

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Before her mission began six months ago, Sister Jessica Villanueva had never poured cement or spread mulch on a playground.

LDS Missionaries NBA All Star service project

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But on the mission field, there’s always a first time for everything.

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In Villanueva’s first opportunity to help build a community playground, she was joined by a handful of current and former basketball stars, several hundred volunteers and about two dozen missionaries from the Houston Texas Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“We’re doing what we need to be doing, serving one another,” said Villanueva, a North Carolina native who’s been on her mission for about six months. “That’s what our Heavenly Father wants.”

The missionaries joined NBA stars including Kobe Bryant, Tony Parker and Dwight Howard in building a playground in Houston’s historic 5th Ward community…. read the rest of the article on examiner.com