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Latter-day Saints Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites, August 30, 2019

Newsroom features stories from its 80 international Newsroom websites as well as from those in the United States to share what members and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are doing to better serve their communities throughout the world

USA: Latter-day Saints and Community Members Assist Asylum-Seekers in Albuquerque
Many Central America people seeking asylum came to Albuquerque, New Mexico, by the hundreds for temporary assistance earlier this year. They entered the United States in El Paso, Texas, an official port of entry.


Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were encouraged by their local religious leaders to assist as needed.


Go to the Church Newsroom website for the full story.

Australia: Interfaith Adelaide Youth Brighten Day for Sick Children
An interfaith group of young adults, including Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs and Latter-day Saints created a tool to help sick children at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide.


The group made and donated 300 calico dolls. Event organizer, Debbie Foster, said the dolls were not simply toys. “They are used by doctors and nurses to explain to children the location and treatment of their injury or medical condition,” she explained.


Read more about the project on the Australia Newsroom website.

Bulgaria: Church Donates Anesthesia Machine to Sofia Hospital
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has donated an anesthesia machine to the Second SAGBAL “Sheinovo” Hospital in Sofia. The donation came through a humanitarian project in July.


Representatives of the hospital were on hand to receive the donation.


Read additional details about the project on the Bulgaria Newsroom website (Bulgarian).

Germany: Latter-day Saints Participate in Hanau Festival of Religions
Thunderstorms in the German city of Hanau did not stop the lively conversations about religion and the performances of beautiful music and dance of various choirs, trombone choirs, a children's dance group and Dervish dance. The entertainment provided insights into how people of different religious faiths celebrate.


Planning for the festival has been in the works for nearly a year. People on the Round Table of Religions in Hanau prepared the festival under the motto “Festivals and Holidays.”


Go to the Germany Newsroom website (German) for more insights.

Canada: Book Recording Program Creates Light in a Dark Place
A decade ago, women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Brampton, Hamilton and Kitchener, Ontario, decided to help women in prison. Since then, women from the Church have made recordings of incarcerated women reading to their children.


Each woman carefully chooses a book. One woman, when asked to whom she was reading, replied, “My 17-year-old daughter.” She had chosen Pinocchio. After recording it, she said to her daughter, “And I promise you, I will never, ever, lie to you again.”


Read other comments and experiences from these women on the Canada Newsroom website.

Indonesia: Free Vehicle Wash Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Latter-day Saints are celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints being established in Indonesia. The free vehicle wash continues through to the end of this October.


In addition to the free vehicle wash, members of the Church will continue to carry out other community service activities, including a blood donor day on September 28, under the direction of the Indonesian Red Cross.


Go to the Indonesia Newsroom website (Indonesian) to see what else Church members and missionaries are doing.

Australia: Learning to be Good Land Stewards in Sydney
Youth and adults of the Church are learning how to take better care of the land on which they live, work and play. Helping Hands volunteers have been working on Shelly Beach on the New South Wales Central Coast. The Aboriginal peoples are striving to have this beach formally recognized as a sacred site.


Local Latter-day Saints have been working with the Central Coast Council's Landcare Program for the past 12 years.


The Australia Newsroom website sheds additional light on how the Church is helping.

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