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Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | March 6 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.

Pacific: Church Concerned With Women’s Health
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has donated digital mammography and biopsy machines to the L.B.J. Tropical Medical Center in Pago Pago, American Samoa.

During a ceremony in the medical center’s chapel, Elder F. Michael Watson of the Seventy; Linda K. Burton, general president of the Relief Society; Rosemary M. Wixom, general president of the Primary; and the Pacific Area Presidency made the presentation.

To read more on this story go to the Pacific Mormon Newsroom website.

El Salvador: Popular Ecological Area Is Cleaned

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Mormon Helping Hands work with the government to clean Laguna Jocotal in El Salvador

Mormon Helping Hands worked with national and local government to rid the Laguna Jocotal in eastern El Salvador of water hyacinth. This large green plant crowds out fish and plants native to the area and causes problems with navigating the waterway and fishing. The lagoon is also home to many species of birds.

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Water hyacinth hinder native fish, bird and plant life in the Laguna Jocotal of El Salvador

More than 2,000 El Salvador Latter-day Saints were involved in the unprecedented cleanup day.

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More than 2,000 Mormon Helping Hands work with the government to rid the Laguna Jocotal of water hyacinth

Read more about the mega cleanup and view photos and video of the work on the El Salvador Mormon Newsroom website.

United Kingdom: Church Apostle Meets With Members of Parliament
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles recently met with members of Parliament of the United Kingdom, participated in an interfaith dinner, spoke to missionaries in the London Missionary Training Center, spoke to Latter-day Saints and visited the Hyde Park Latter-day Saint chapel.

The chapel and the area have special significance to him since he served a two-year mission in England in the early 1960s.

In addition to his visit to the U.K., Elder Holland began his European tour in the Netherlands and visited Germany as well.

Go to the United Kingdom Mormon Newsroom website for information.

The Netherlands: Apostle Visits Country With His Same Name
Church Apostle Elder Jeffrey R. Holland met with and spoke to Latter-day Saints in Holland.

Elder Holland spoke from the Bible about missionary work and how God is concerned about all His children.

Read more about what Elder Holland said on the Netherlands Mormon Newsroom website.

Australia: Latter-day Saints Lend a Hand During Queensland Flooding
Flooding in Queensland, Australia, may not be over, so Mormon Helping Hands are standing by to assist victims as they did during January’s flooding.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been assembling and distributing personal care packages as well as cleaning up. In January, Latter-day Saints  assembled 2,000 personal care and hygiene kits, which were given to the Red Cross for distribution to those in need.

The Australia Mormon Newsroom website has more information.

United Kingdom: Gloucester Food Bank Receives Mormon Donations
Latter-day Saints in the Yate, South Gloucestershire, area of the UK successfully met a 2012 challenge of filling many needs for the local food bank.

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Latter-day Saint women helped to fill the needs of the local food bank as well as sewing dresses from T-shirts

Mormon women, members of the Church’s Relief Society, one of the largest women’s organizations in the world, collected not only food but also toys and Christmas treats for children who would have otherwise gone without.

Go to the United Kingdom Mormon Newsroom website and read how the Relief Society made little dresses out of T-shirts.

Dominican Republic: Provincial Governor Thanks The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for Its Humanitarian Help
The Church’s humanitarian work was recognized recently by a Dominican Republic provincial governor.

“You do a great job for the most needy,” said Governor Aura Toribio, concerning the Mormon Helping Hands program and Church Humanitarian Services.

Local Church leaders met with the governor and presented her with a statuette representing the family as the foundation of society.

Read more on the Dominican Republic Mormon Newsroom website.

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