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Mormons Around the World Country Newsroom Websites January 27, 2017

MormonNewsroom.org features stories from its international Newsroom websites to share what leaders and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world are doing to better the communities in which they live.

Philippines: Mormon Women Leaders Meet Philippine Government Officials
Young Women general president, Bonnie L. Oscarson and Primary first counselor Jean B. Bingham met with Philippine Senator Grace Poe about issues dealing with families, women and children.

                                       

They also discussed the extensive work LDS Charities does in the Philippines to help those in need.

                                           

Go to the Mormon Newsroom website to read more about their visit.

Nigeria: Latter-day Saints Prepare Hospital for Donation
Mormons in Nigeria donated more than 1,200 volunteer hours to paint, clean and repair windows to help get the Palmer Memorial Hospital ready to receive a donation of medical equipment. The donation is from LDS Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

                                         

“It is an answer to prayer and a dream come true,” said Eno Umoh, the hospital administrator. “Because you gave us this equipment, we can serve our patients better and keep them close to home so they can receive love and care from their families.”

                                       

Go to the Nigeria Mormon Newsroom website to read about the impact this donation will have.

Netherlands: Food Bank Benefits From Mormon Missionaries’ Help
Mormon missionaries and Latter-day Saints collected 10 crates of food for the Haarlem Food Bank this month, and they accomplished the task in just two hours.

                                     

Comments from participants included: “It was heartening to see how members, missionaries and donors each in their own way contributed to this hugely successful evening.” “It was a great experience. People gave generously to the food bank.” “It showed me how willing most people are to give.”

                                   

Read more about the experience on the Netherlands Mormon Newsroom website (Dutch).

USA, Washington: Church Offers Chapel to Islamic Community for Worship
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has opened its doors to their Muslim neighbors, Islamic Center of the Eastside (ICOE) community, after their mosque was destroyed by arson recently.

                                 

Mormon and Muslim children wrote thank you messages on a white board in the meetinghouse

Latter-day Saints and the Muslim community have been neighbors and friends for many years. They have supported each other in various activities.

                               

Go to the Mormon Newsroom website for more information on this story.

Peru: Mormon Helping Hands Clean Peruvian Beaches
More than 130 volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spent a successful day recently cleaning and beautifying the Los Pescadores beach located in the Chorrillos district in southwestern Peru.

“This is a nice opportunity to show how much we love our city and why we want our beaches to be clean,” said 17-year-old Mormon Jorge.

Find out more about what work was completed on the Peru Mormon Newsroom website (Spanish).

Honduras: Saving Lives Through Blood Donations
Members of the Church are regular contributors to the ongoing blood donation campaign.         

They not only give of their precious commodity but also help to organize the campaign events throughout various Honduran communities.           

Go to the Honduras Mormon Newsroom website (Spanish) for the story.

Finland: First Native Finn Will Lead Mission
The Church has its first native Finn prepared to be president of the Finnish Mission this July. Ilkka Aura and his wife, Paula, accepted the call from the Church before they knew where they would be assigned.

                     

“When we opened the letter containing the call and saw that it said Finland,” Aura related, “the foremost feeling was that of deep gratitude for the privilege to work side by side with our valiant full-time missionaries.”

Read more about this excited couple and their feelings about serving in their native Finland on the Mormon Newsroom website.

USA, Maryland: Baltimore Churches Join Together for Interfaith MLK Day Celebration
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the African American Baptist and Jewish communities celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day together during an interfaith service at Baltimore’s Union Baptist Church. The church has a rich history in the civil rights movement.

                   

“It is rare, but very fitting, that members of such a diverse worship experience unite together as one community on this special day,” explained Reverend Alvin C. Hathaway Sr., pastor of the Baptist church.

                 

(From left to right) Baltimore Maryland stake president Michael P. Brady; Reverend Alvin C. Hathaway Sr., senior pastor of Union Baptist Church and Lt. Colonel Julian C. Gaither, chaplain, United States Air Force.

The Mormon Newsroom website has more information on the story.

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