"To be able to have them see what they could do was great," McEwen said.
These sisters were able to contribute to the 300 total temple bags that have been constructed and sent from other LDS Relief Societies in St. George, said Mortensen.
Mortensen said she wanted music to play during the service project.
She taught organ lessons to the residents for a time, including Hill.
"Beada has an instrument that extends her one finger and hand on the organ so she can reach up and push the buttons."
Mortensen said this is the type of dedication that defined the entire project.
"(These sisters) are doing everything they can possibly do. They only had a couple of months, but we got them done. That really is amazing."
The bags were completed in June and sent to the African Saints in mid-July.
In addition to gratitude from across the seas, the sisters at Spring Gardens have gained confidence that they are still able to help those in need, Mortensen said.
"A lot of people here, not just the women, don't feel they can contribute to society any more because of their limitations," McEwen said. "To see the product and to see the people that had received it brought back new life (to the residents). They know they still have worth."
Emmilie Buchanan-Whitlock is an intern for the Deseret News with Mormon Times. She recently graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho. Contact her by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter: emmiliewhitlock
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