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Mormons Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites | 17 September 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.

Ghana and Nigeria: More than 4,000 West African Latter-day Saints Render Community Service

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Thousands of people in 100 West African communities benefited from the All-Africa Mormon Helping Hands Day in August.

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Latter-day Saints of all ages pitched in to build bridges, plant trees, weed, paint structures and clean and beautify neighborhoods.

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Go to the Ghana Mormon Newsroom and the Nigeria Mormon Newsroom websites to read more about the projects.

Philippines: Church Responds With Flood Relief
Mormon Helping Hands, with help from LDS Charities, assembled 1,500 sets of hygiene kits (personal items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, a comb and a washcloth) for people impacted by the recent flooding in the northwestern Philippines.

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The GMA Kapuso Foundation has also partnered with the Church to provide food, beds and hygiene kits. The first wave of relief distribution is expected to help around 60,000 families affected by the flood.

Read more about the efforts on the Philippines Mormon Newsroom website.

Guatemala: Mormon Youth Plant 1,944 Trees

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More than 500 Guatemalan Latter-day Saint youth worked with the local government in late August in the planting of 1,944 trees in Cerro de la Cruz, Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that serving others and the community is one of the characteristics of the true followers of Jesus Christ. Young people in the Church learn principles of good citizenship that will help make them strong members of their communities.

The youth aren’t stopping with one project. Read on the Guatemala Mormon Newsroom website of their plans in the near future.

Costa Rica: Latter-day Saints Help Transport Milk to Needy People
Mormon Helping Hands volunteers were involved this month in Active Club Lechetón 2030, a yearly activity aimed at getting milk to people in need.

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Latter-day Saint meetinghouses became collection points for the milk, and 370 volunteers helped deliver the milk to supermarkets participating in the activity.

Read about the success of the effort on the Costa Rica Mormon Newsroom website.

Ghana: LDS Charities Helps With a Program to Train Audiologists
Plans were put in place a decade ago in Ghana with the help of LDS Charities, (humanitarian arm of the Church) to increase the number of trained audiologists to serve people with hearing and balance disorders.

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During the past 10 years, many Latter-day Saint audiologists from the United States, along with other senior or retired audiologists have volunteered their time and expertise to develop a training program.

People in Ghana are now being trained as audiologists. Read more about it on the Ghana Mormon Newsroom website.

Canada: Family History Brings People Together
More than 350 people interested in family history research gathered in Ontario, Canada, on the 24th of August for the fourth annual One World–One Family Conference.

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Local Church leader Joe Evershed presents Mayor Susan Fennell with a gift from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brampton, Ontario. The framed picture is of Mayor Fennell when she met Church President Thomas S. Monson in Toronto at Roy Thomson Hall a year ago during the Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert.

People from many faiths who are passionate about family history met in a Latter-day Saint meetinghouse to hear from experienced genealogy researchers.

Go to the Canada Mormon Newsroom website to read more about the variety of workshops. has added eight new country websites. They include Angola, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Ghana, Latvia, Lithuania and Nigeria. To access these new Newsroom websites, go to and go to the top right side of the web page and click on International. There you will see the complete list of all the Mormon Newsroom websites around the world.

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