Eight missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have taken on the beautification of Downtown Conway as part of their service to the community.

A search for ways to serve brought the group to Kim Williams, executive director of the Downtown Partnership and a member of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Committee.

Williams suggested that the group help with the upkeep of Downtown by picking up trash and pulling weeds along the streets and planters.

"With great enthusiasm we accepted the opportunity to serve," said Elder Eric Carrell.

"We’ve enjoyed every moment we’ve spent cleaning Downtown Conway, especially the chance we’ve had to meet more of the people."

Elder Carrell and Sister Darcie Jensen are from Southern California; Elder Elias Hernandez is from Nevada; Elder Beau Jones, Elder Jonathan Smith, Elder Cameron Spilker and Sister Rebecca Brough are from Utah; and Elder Jacob Hannemann is from Hawaii.

Like all LDS missionaries, "We serve two-year missions, teaching the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the prophet Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon," Carrell said.

"Conway is an amazing city, and downtown is one of the best parts of it. We look forward to more great days."

(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at becky.harris@thecabin.net and 505-1234.)