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Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | 5 June pulls stories from the international Newsroom websites to show 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.

Canada: Interfaith Community Cleans Montreal Neighborhoods

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Members of the Church gather together with other Christians, along with Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Unification and other community members to participate in the third annual Interfaith Eco-Action Day in Montreal, Quebec

Five Canadian religious organizations joined together for a day of cleaning Montreal neighborhoods in May.

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Interfaith facilitator Laura Gallo plants flowers at Marymount Academy in Notre-Dame-de-Grace during Interfaith Eco-Action Day

Latter-day Saints worked with the Christian Jewish Dialogue of Montreal, the Eco Quartier Notre Dame de Grace (NDG), the Quebec Jewish Coalition for the Environment (TEVA) and the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism.

Read more about the focus of the cleanup and how these religious groups exercised their faith by taking action in the Canada Mormon Newsroom website.

Brazil: Local Mormon Leadership Discusses Religious Freedom With São Paulo Archbishop
Religious Freedom Day was celebrated in São Paulo last month, and representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints discussed the topic with Dom Odilo Scherer, Catholic Archbishop of São Paulo.

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Dom Odilo Scherer, Catholic Church Archbishop of São Paulo, discusses religious freedom with Latter-day Saint leaders

The religious leaders agreed that they need to be vigilant in the protection of religious freedom not just in Brazil but throughout the world. The International Religious Liberty Association holds festivals to express gratitude to countries which honor religious freedom.

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Mario Silva, regional manager of the Church's FamilySearch presents Archbishop Dom Odilo Scherer with a Mormon Tabernacle Choir CD

At the conclusion of the meeting, local Latter-day Saint leaders presented the archbishop with a gift. Read more about it on the Brazil Mormon Newsroom website.

Kenya: LDS Charities Helps Spinal Injury Patients
Africans suffering from spinal injuries are receiving help to become mobile again through a partnership between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Association of the Physically Disabled in Kenya (APDK).

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Men with spinal injuries have new wheelchairs

Patients are receiving wheelchairs to help them move around and to help them with their family, work and other priorities.

Go to the Kenya Mormon Newsroom website to learn more about how the partnership is addressing needs throughout Kenya.

Guatemala: Latter-day Saints Provide Support for Guatemalan School
The mayor of Guatemala City and the community council have worked with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to improve facilities at the Canton Xechivoy School, located on the south shore of Lake Atitlán in Santiago, Guatemala.

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Children do a traditional Guatemalan dance

The school provides opportunities to improve the lives of its students, who have various disabilities and handicaps.

Read in the Guatemala Mormon Newsroom website how Church humanitarian missionaries participated in a formal ribbon cutting, opening new kitchen and bathroom facilities for the school.

Santo Domingo: People in Santo Domingo Receive Free Medical Help

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Patients wait their turn to see the doctor

A meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently served as the location for a free medical clinic for people of limited income.

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Ophthalmologist Dr. Jorge Santana treats a patient

Assisting the Church were the Christian Association Women of Charity, Christian Medical Foundation Yiret and the Lions Club.

Go to the Dominican Republic Mormon Newsroom website to find out how the more than 500 people were helped.

Pacific: Latter-day Saint Student Nurses Serve Fijians
Brigham Young University nursing students, on a four-hour layover to their destination of Tonga, stopped in Fiji to serve people in need by utilizing their medical training.

The 13 students, rather than staying at the airport or sight seeing, chose to support Fiji’s Ministry of Health by staffing free health screening for some of the residents of a small community.

The Pacific Mormon Newsroom website has additional information on how the community benefited from the student nurses’ visit.

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