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Latter-day Saints Around the World Country Newsroom Websites, April 12, 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 throughout the world are doing to better serve their communities

Australia: Volunteers Assist with Historic Railway
More than 200 Latter-day Saint volunteers along with others from the Yarra Valley Railway and the local men’s shed near Melbourne, worked over 1,000 hours recently helping to restore parts of the railway.


“I really enjoy it!” said Steve Byrne, a Latter-day Saint and member of the Yarra Valley Railway. “I get a thrill every time I get involved. I’m pleased to see so many people take up the invitation to come out and feel good about helping others.”


Visit the Australia Newsroom website to read more about what was accomplished.

Jamaica: Jamaica Red Cross Honors LDS Charities
LDS Charities, the humanitarian arm of the Church, has been honored by the Jamaica Red Cross (JRC).


The Church was recognized for its contribution to JRC’s Emergency Response and Youth Development Services.


Get further details on the Jamaica Newsroom website.

Guatemala: “Notebooks with Heart” Campaign Delivers School Kits
Through the “Notebooks with Heart” campaign, rural school children are receiving kits that include four notebooks, an eraser, a pencil sharpener, pencils and a box of crayons.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, along with other country partners, has assisted with the campaign, which has provided thousands of children with school supplies.


Go to the Guatemala Newsroom website in Spanish for additional details.

Pacific: Piano Finds a Home in Tonga
Faculty and students at a Tongan high school were willing recipients of a piano made possible by a partnership with Auckland's Rangitoto College, Furniture for Schools Charitable Trust and the Church.


High school bandmaster Linikoni (Koni) Taufa, who plays the piano, said, “The kids are really excited. Some of the girls can play. Others already ask for lessons. Every morning the kids come to play and sing before assembly.”


Read more about the Church’s partnership with these organizations on the Pacific Newsroom website.

Australia: Latter-day Saint Women Assemble Nurture Packs
Latter-day Saint women celebrated the 177th birthday of the Relief Society (the Church’s organization for women) annual birthday by assembling nurture packs, which contain nappies, creams, handmade bibs, baby beanies and other essentials, as well as information for new mothers.


The items were donated to the Redlands Centre For Women, a volunteer organization that provides opportunities for women, to be empowered, educated and connected with their community.


Read the complete story on the Australia Newsroom website.

Canada: Service is Accomplished in Many Ways
Members of the Church are encouraged to give service to their neighbors and community. Following the example of Jesus Christ, Latter-day Saints try to emulate His example by noticing the needs of others and acting to alleviate those needs.


Such was the case with a Springfield, Nova Scotia, family as members of the Church descended on the David and Vivienne Selig homestead with chainsaws, a wood splitter, wheelbarrows and helping hands to assist a normally self-sufficient couple.


There’s more to this story, and you can read it on the Canada Newsroom website.

India: People Connect With Their Cultural Heritage
Lovers of traditional north Indian culture gathered in Delhi recently to enjoy the annual celebration of classical dance and music sponsored by the Indian Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Culturally Active Delhiites (CAD).


President Suresh Ramakrishna, a Church leader in the Delhi area, said, “Keeping traditions alive is important for teaching the next generation about our past and helping them establish an identity."


Learn more about this annual event on the India Newsroom website.

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