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The Mormon Church and the media.
As of late the media has had a field day when it comes to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, more familiarly known as the Mormons. Some have even dubbed it the “Mormon Moment”. Perhaps it is the result of the upcoming presidential campaign wherein one of the candidates, Mitt Romney, is indeed Mormon. Being in the spotlight isn’t always easy. The sudden popularity also brings many naysayers’ into the arena too.
In an attempt to add some balance to the “bias” in the media, I personally decided to post another view, or side of things, that the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or Mormons, have been doing around the world. This other view might not be the one that always makes the "headlines". My intention is not to be a bragger or boaster about service rendered, but it is simply offered to inform the world of some of the wonderful Christian service that is offered by this group. Besides that, I frankly find all the negativity we see on the evening news a little depressing, it's good to hear about people doing good in the world, don't you think? I hope you continue to read in the spirit this article was written.
Mormons helping children.
Mormons provide needed school supplies.
Arkansas more than 7,000 children
received school supply kits containing items they might need to help them at
school. Two individuals, Ken Witt and
Karen Witt coordinated the project, gathering and distributing these kits with
the help of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. These kits were completely donated, with no
cost to the student or the school district.
Ken Witt, a retired printer for a Utah
school district, understood the fact that by the end of the year many school
budgets are completely exhausted without meeting the needs of the students regarding
the required supplies. With his wife, he
conducted an in-depth survey of the elementary schools’ needs and, with
approval from the administrators of the schools and the Church, organized the
project to provide these supply kits and distribute them to the children of the
A big thank you goes to Ken and Karen Witt, who with the help of many other members of the Mormon Church, accomplished this great act of kindness.
Look for places to serve in California to be involved with the Mormon Helping Hands project.
Mormon Helping Hands Service in Ishinomaki, Japan
A Mormon Helping Hands crew worked in Ishinomaki, Japan, in March 2012 to shovel mud out of an elderly couple's home. The woman featured in the story is the couple's daughter. She tells the story of her brother, who died after the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011.
Mormons Making Memories
Mormons help with fishing fun.
In Fort Myers, Florida an event was sponsored by the local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Mormons, called “Reel Fun with Real Friends”. The event was a day of “catch and release” fishing absolutely free of charge for special needs children or adults, and their families. All fishing equipment was supplied and refreshments were served by volunteers of the LDS Church. All the participants also received a free T- Shirt and photo to remember the wonderful time they had simply fishing!
A Day of Service in Miami, Florida
Mormons providing service for others.
Mormons elsewhere in Florida lend helping hands.
At a Christian based long-term shelter for home-less people called Resurrection Ranch, the members of the LDS Church donated time and services clearing land and painting dormitories which house homeless women and children. Resurrection Ranch is a place for people who are recovering from addictions or are homeless for a variety of other reasons. It is a safe place to regain hope while developing skills so that the person can rejoin society. The main goal for the Ranch is to reunify families, and it is entirely funded by donations.
Mormons Teaching Farming Techniques
LDS Church Helping to Teach About Clean Water
Mormons helping in Central and South America.
The LDS Church created a program call the Benson Agriculture and Food Institute. This program helps families in underprivileged areas become nutritionally self-sufficient by teaching them ways to improve their food production. Based primarily in Central and South America, where many rural and impoverished families struggle to provide for their needs, food production, nutrition, and health issues are taught to benefit the quality of life for these individuals.
self-sufficiency can be achieved with as few as three successful crop
cycles," said Allen Christensen, director of the Benson Institute.
"But families require some help to get started. Without training and
assistance, it's nearly impossible to get to the first rung on the developmental
ladder. It's simply out of reach. Once their feet are planted firmly on the
first rung, economic progress is rapid."
"The Benson Institute bridges the gap with training, improved seed, fertilizer and improved methods of crop production and rotation," said Brother Christensen. "Families are given a start of small animals for protein production. Once they've had three successful crop cycles, they can grow sufficient food for themselves. Surplus commodities can be sold at the marketplace, which provides funds for the purchase of fertilizer and other farming necessities, and they can begin their food storage program. Most important, their overall health is improved."
LDS Church helps provide needed water.
Mormons and Mutombo
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo is located the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital and Research Center. The LDS Church has formed a partnership with the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation to help provide additional water sources for the hospital.
The not-for-profit hospital, which opened in 2007, is the vision of Dikembe Mutombo, a retired basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association. The facility currently has 150 beds with a planned capacity of 300.
“The hospital was built to help the people of my hometown live healthy and productive lives,” said Mutombo, who discussed the project at a 23 March dinner meeting with Church leaders in Salt Lake City. “This well project will supplement the water we currently have on site and will provide a critically needed supply of precious pure water in case of malfunction or shortages in the public water system.”
“We became involved with this project because the hospital seems to be doing all they can to provide quality medical care but still find themselves needing additional resources,” said Matthew Heaps, who oversees clean water projects for the Church. “We help them to help themselves by supplementing the hospital’s existing water source with an additional well for consistent and reliable water.”
Familiar Mormon Yellow Vests
Mormons organized and helping in Southern California.
On April 25, 2009 approximately 20,000 LDS Church members participated in service projects throughout Southern California. The theme for the day of service was “Community Service, making our communities a better place.” Some of the projects included repairing schools, renovating community parts, cleaning up beaches, volunteering at a cancer fund raiser, and generally beautifying the community.
Kevin Hamilton of the Southern California Public Affairs Council for the LDS Church explained, “As we've approached community and government officials, they've been very, very cooperative. They're quite happy to see us get involved and very willing to provide projects for us. Especially with the current economy, we guessed correctly that local governments and municipalities would be cash-strapped and that they would be very happy for outsiders to come in and do things that would make the community more attractive, more livable without having to spend municipal budgets for it."
"It was a phenomenal success and very, very well received by local leaders," said Elder John C. Dalton, an Area Seventy. "We're known for service, and especially at this time and day when there is some challenging news about the Church, this gave us an opportunity to show the world Latter-day Saints in a little different light. We were pleased to do it."
Mormons helping in Southern California
- Hundreds Volunteer to Spruce Up Area
The Boys & Girls Club on Pujol Street in Temecula got a fresh coat of paint, new ceiling lights and its air conditioner repaired Saturday.
More than 50,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, decked out in distinctive yellow vests, will fan out across the state Saturday to spruce up city, county and state parks.
- 40K participate in first Mormon service project day | service, center, volunteers, church, aliso - N
The mobilization is part of the first "Mormon Helping Hands" day of service, an organized event that summoned some 40,000 volunteers to carry out service projects throughout all of Southern California, including 11 O.C. cities.
- A day of service for LDS members | service, church, viejo, volunteers, members - News - OCRegister.c
On Saturday, thousands of volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints across Orange County will participate in the annual "Mormon Helping Hands"planned for all of Southern California.
- The Adobe Press
Over 250 volunteers from the LDS Churchs wards and branches in Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, Nipomo and Santa Maria will converge on Nipomo (Community) Park,
Mormon Helping Hands Fiji Book Drive
Thanks to generous donations from New Zealanders across the lower North Island, children in rural Fiji will soon be receiving a lot more books — nearly 45,000.
The books were collected for Fiji’s children during a month-long community book drive called Books for Fiji, organized by Mormon Helping Hands ofThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
More Mormon Helping Hands
Mormons are prepared to help out in emergency situations.
When a crisis of any type is felt in any area of the world the LDS Church has one of the best emergency response times of any organization. Whether it is floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes or other disasters, the Mormons respond with supplies and volunteers to help provide immediate aid. Because of the continual gathering of donations from church members of food, clothing, medical supplies and relief items, pre-positioned in key locations, they are prepared to act quickly in an organized response to any situation.
In addition to providing materials, the LDS Church also helps with funds and volunteers. Volunteers often make the most difference in restoring hope in the lives of those in crisis. A recent example is the more than 10,000 days of labor donated by Church members to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and surrounding states.
From 1985 to 2008, the LDS Church has shipped 61,308 tons of food and 132,028 tons of other supplies to more than 150 countries. In 2008, the LDS Church provided assistance in response to the Sichuan, China earthquake, the famine in Ethiopia, the Myanmar cyclone, the hurricanes in Cuba, Haiti and the United States, and 118 other disasters
Mormons and Wheelchairs
The members of the Mormon Church participate in humanitarian efforts in all areas of the world.
The Mormons are actively involved in the Wheelchair Initiative partnering with the Wheelchair foundation and other organizations serving the disabled.
“As many as 100 million people worldwide may need a wheelchair and don’t have access to one. Only 1 in 100 can afford to purchase a wheelchair. To be mobile, people with disabilities often rely on family and friends to carry them from place to place. It can be extremely difficult just to leave home. Going to school or getting a job may be impossible dreams.”
In 2008, the LDS Church distributed more than 50,000 wheelchairs in 46 countries, including Armenia, Argentina, Belarus, Bolivia, Botswana, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, China, Croatia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Malaysia, Mexico, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, United States, Uruguay, and Vietnam.
A Growing List of Mormon Service
- Escondido Mormon Helping Hands - YouTube
2011 Kit Carson Park Mormon Helping Hands Service Project in Escondido, California. Visit from Elder Lynn G. Robbins of the Seventy.
- Hospital Ship Staffed by Hundreds of Volunteer Medical Professionals Provides Comfort in Seven Cou
Volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are working alongside the United States Navy and other relief organizations as part of a humanitarian and medical training mission that is blessing the lives of thousands
- Mormon Helping Hands (Preview) - YouTube
Join with family, neighbors, and the community of Visalia for the annual Mormon Helping Hands day of service on Saturday, April 28.
Mormons fighting measles.
Mormons and Measles
The LDS Church partners with the Red Cross and provides much needed volunteers and resources to help prevent the spread and death of many from the dreaded disease Measles. The Measles Initiative was one organization instituted to provide vaccinations for individuals worldwide.
In 2003, the LDS Church joined the Measles Initiative and has committed one million dollars each year in support of the campaign. The LDS Church has also participated in the social mobilization effort that is significant to the success of each campaign. A catchy musical jingle, composed by a young LDS Church member during the LDS Church’s participation in the Madagascar measles campaign, has been translated and sung in 28 languages on dozens of radio stations in subsequent campaigns.
From 2004 to 2008, 59,596 LDS Church members in 32 countries volunteered their efforts in canvassing neighborhoods and helping at vaccination posts
In 2008, the LDS Church participated in measles vaccination campaigns in Benin, El Salvador, Egypt, Honduras, Ivory Cost, Malawi, Mozambique, Papua New Guinea, and Tanzania.
More Mormons Doing More Good
- Makeover for centre (From St Helens Star)
THE biggest youth club in town is getting a makeover this month courtesy of members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints from across Merseyside.
- Youth group puts faith into action - Redlands Daily Facts
Sporting neon green "Extreme Makeover" shirts, 125 teenagers from the Redlands Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently spent a weekend doing service as part of their annual Youth Conference.
- Church Helps With School Move
Some 500 volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came out to help the North Clackamas School District move furniture, supplies, books and library materials as it prepares to open three new schools.
- LDS Church News - Church aids in disasters in Brazil, Southern California
The Church is responding to floods in Brazil and fires in Southern California this week. All missionaries in those areas are safe and no Church buildings had been harmed as of May 11.
- Mormon Youth Provide Service
Mormon youths from the Garden Grove area chose the Multiple Sclerosis Societies' Walk MS on Saturday as their contribution to serving their community as part of a larger LDS county-wide campaign to provide community service.
- Providing the Lord's Way, Christian Service
Isn't the plan beautiful? When viewed in this light, we can see that welfare is not a program, but the essence of the gospel. It is the gospel in action. It is the crowning principle of a Christian Life.
- Service - The Action Form of Love
Take the Daily Challenge! Find someone to serve - and then serve them. You can make a difference, and I can help.