Friday, June 7, 2013

LDS Woman Shelby Orr Deploys On A Mission To Mesa, Arizona Despite The Orr Family Farm Being Severely Damaged In The Moore Tornado

Here's an act of faith. A woman who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is deploying on an 18-month full-time proselyting mission for the Church despite the fact that the family farm upon where she lives in Moore, Oklahoma was severely damaged by the May 20th tornado.

Shelby Orr received a call to deploy to the Mesa Arizona Temple, where she'll serve her 18 months. But even though she could be useful for the cleanup, her family fully supports her decision to serve. The family farm is no ordinary farm -- the 106-acre Orr Family Farm is also a farm-themed amusement park with horse stables that attracts thousands of visitors each year from Oklahoma and elsewhere. Watch the video from LDS Public Affairs below:

The video doesn't even scratch the surface of the task confronting the Orr Family at this time. Adjacent to the Orr Family Farm is the Celestial Acres Training Center, also owned by the Orrs. It is a thoroughbred horse training facility, which was also struck by the tornado. An indoor arena and 172 stalls were blown away, and it's estimated that as many as 100 horses were lost. Thirty-two horses that survived were being kept in a horse barn, while others were transported to animal hospitals to receive medical care after the tornado. Many of the horses actually belonged to trainers who rented stalls at the facility. Hundreds of volunteers have reportedly came out to help the Orrs begin the task of rebuilding; among those responding included Mormon Helping Hands, JourneyChurch, and Baptist Disaster Relief as well as private families and military units from around the region. The objective is to re-open the Orr Family Farm for business by the fall of this year. They solicit donations so they can accelerate rebuilding and to keep their 30 employees on the job.

When people make sacrifices for the Lord, the Lord responds.

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