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MormonNewsroom.org features stories from its international Newsroom websites to share 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.

Italy: Church Leaders Visited Latter-day Saints in England, Italy, Spain and Germany
Russell M. Nelson, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, visited and taught the gospel of Jesus Christ to members of the Church in Europe in October.

Accompanying him on the visits were Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy, Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé and Elder Patrick Kearon of the Seventy and president of the Europe Area.

Go to the Italy Mormon Newsroom website (Italian).

Germany: Mormon Helping Hands Gather Clothing for Refugees
Volunteers from many faiths and community organizations are stepping up their efforts to help feed and clothe refugees in many parts of the world. Recently, Mormon Helping Hands was at the forefront of this activity in behalf of infants.

Clothing donated included new and little-used baby clothes, hand-knitted hats, socks and sweaters. “The experience teaches me again and again that through small and simple things great things can be done, even if it seems impossible at first,” said Lisa Koy, one of the organizers.

Read more about the project on the Germany Mormon Newsroom website (German).

Australia: Four-Month Refugee Initiative Results in Donated Food and Blankets
A four-month long Mormon Helping Hands initiative in Adelaide, Australia, came to a successful end October 15, with the collection of approximately $5,000 worth of goods and 250 blankets and quilts.

Rachel Nyiramugisha of the Australian Refugee Association (ARA) expressed appreciation in behalf of the people on the receiving end of the donations.

Read more about her comments on the Australia Mormon Newsroom website.

United Kingdom: Church Leaders Discuss Refugees’ Plight With United Nations
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have worked for many years supporting the efforts of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to ease refugees’ burdens.

Bishop Gérald Caussé of the Presiding Bishopric of the Church met with both organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, recently to get updates on the refugee populations and to inquire what more the Church can do to help.

Go to the United Kingdom Mormon Newsroom website for more on this story.

USA, Missouri: Church Historian Honored by Missouri Organization
Dr. Susan Easton Black, emeritus professor at the Church’s Brigham Young University, was given an award for education recently in Missouri.

The award is given to individuals who exemplify the characteristics of General Alexander W. Doniphan, a leader in statesmanship, business and education. He’s also known for refusing to carry out an order to execute the Church’s founder, Joseph Smith.

Read more about General Doniphan on the Mormon Newsroom website.

USA, Connecticut: Descendants of Church’s Fourth President Tour Ancestral Hometown
More than 50 descendants of the Church’s fourth president gathered recently in Wilford Woodruff’s ancestral home town of Farmington, Connecticut, to renew family ties and visit historic locations.

President Woodruff was born in Farmington in 1807; he became a member of the Church in 1833, an apostle in 1839 and president of the Church in 1889 at the age of 82. He passed away in 1898.

Go to the Mormon Newsroom website to find out other things the descendants did.