Latter-day Saints around the world


The Newsroom features stories from its dozens of websites around the world to show what members and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are doing to serve their communities. Today we present news from the Philippines, Fiji and Guatemala.

Philippines: Church Members Help 350 Patients Receive Free Medical Aid

“I am very happy with the free glasses! I can clearly see as I read now,” said Teresita Estores, one of the patients who attended a free medical clinic made possible by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Mabuhay Deseret Foundation.

The mid-August “medical mission” served more than 350 residents of Santo Tomas, a municipality in Manila, Philippines. Diagnostic services offered included consultations for eyes, cleft lip and palate, clubfoot and prosthetics.

Members of the Santo Tomas branch of the Church helped organize the event. Dr. Noel Catalan provided expertise by performing eye exams. “We have visited many free clinics over the years,” he said, “but this one is unique because of the outstanding support from your church members, who made the process smooth and easy for recipients. and for us”.


Two students from Church College Fiji paint the playground at Hilton Special School during a day of service, Suva, Fiji, August 2022.2022 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Fiji: Children with disabilities receive services and musical performances from students of Church College Fiji

Students representing Church College Fiji, owned by the Church, in Suva, Fiji, spent a day of service at the Hilton Special School for Children with Disabilities. Participants prepared gardens, cleaned walkways, painted playgrounds and made minor repairs around the school. Church College student Joe Vitinavulagi presented the Hilton School with a donation of supplies that had been collected by Church College. The donation included stationery, books and toys. Pacific Newsroom reports that the students also sang for the children.

Guatemala: Donations of medical aid for 20,000 people

On Friday, August 19, 2022, furniture, office and medical equipment, a stove, and a refrigerator were donated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the health post in Santa Elena Barillas, Guatemala. The contribution will benefit more than 20,000 people in need of medical care.

The items were delivered by Eber García Godínez, a local church official, and received by Dr. Betza Echeverría. “It’s gratifying to know that there are kind-hearted people who are willing to collaborate,” said Dr. Echeverría. “We thank God that this gift is now a reality.”

Visit the Guatemala Newsroom (Spanish) to learn more about this donation.

Australia: Young volunteer for a two-day service project

Youth from Latter-day Saint congregations in Sydney, Australia; student body leaders from Westfields Sports High School and youth response team volunteers from CORE Community Services joined forces to sort and assemble 4,000 pieces of clothing, 110 job kits and 300 hygiene kits. The project lasted two days.

The service project was organized by Tevita Folau, a high school student support counselor and member of the Church of Jesus Christ. The project provided an opportunity to strengthen student leadership through community outreach. The items will help individuals and families in South West Sydney in need of basic necessities.


Milton César Ortega Morales, a popular social media influencer, works with missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to deliver food to a neighborhood in need, Bayunca, Bolivia, August 2022.© 2022 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Bolivia: Church Members Support Neighbors with Food Donations

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ were joined by popular social media influencer Milton César Ortega Morales (aka El que la hace capitulation) in Bayunca, Bolivia to deliver food to one of the most needy neighborhoods. In an interview with Bolivia Newsroom (Spanish), Ortega Morales explained that the citizens of this neighborhood often only eat once a day. “The majority of these residents struggle every day to find food. Today they can eat, but they are unsure of tomorrow. Sometimes they may not have lunch or dinner, etc.

Juan Carlos Caicedo, local church leader, led the service project. “This [makes you] to feel very special [kind of] joy in knowing that you can serve others,” he said. “I feel happy, excited, full of joy and gratitude.”


John Griffin of the Black 14 Philanropy poses with a young volunteer at the Salvation Army warehouse where winter clothing is sorted and prepared for distribution, Aurora, Colorado, August 2022.© 2022 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

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United States: Church Members Help Others Prepare for Winter by Sorting Clothes

On Saturday, August 27, 2022, approximately 150 volunteers, including members of the Church of Denver Stake (a group of congregations), gathered at the Salvation Army Warehouse in Aurora, Colorado to sort through the winter clothes that local youth had collected and donated. . Denver Stake leaders organized the event in conjunction with Catholic Charities and John Griffin of Black 14 Philanthropy. Attendees came from the greater Denver area, including Aurora, Parker, Littleton, Westminster and Highlands Ranch. Catholic Charities will distribute the clothing to those who need it most.


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