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North America Central Area

Translations of book donated


The Latter-day Saint Student Association at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville recently made its fourth donation of foreign-language translations of the Book of Mormon to the university library.

The donation consisted of 39 new translations to go along with the 41 translations donated in 1967, 1976 and 1982, making a total of 80 translations. The money was raised through bake sales.

Gary Denue, library director, accepted the books from association officers Patti Winters, J. J. Burns, Christine Woehrl and association president Michele Gossett. Dr. Stanley B. Kimball has been faculty adviser to the association since 1966, previously known as the Deseret Club.

Students from more than 50 nations attend the university, located in the heavily ethnic area of greater St. Louis.

North America Northwest Area

Ward's tradition continues


Winning is a tradition for the Oak Hills Ward, Cedar Mill Oregon Stake. Ward members have won age division championships in stake, region and multi-regional events in softball and basketball for many years.

This winning tradition extended beyond all expectations during this year's basketball season. The young men, ages 14-18; seniors, 19-29; and veterans, over 30 years; all won the multi-regional championship in their respective age groups.

All three teams lost an early game in regional play and had to come up through the losers bracket of the tournament to win the title. Then the teams went undefeated in multi-regional play to become the champions.

North America Northeast Area

Radio program ends


"Pathways to Peace," a Sunday morning radio program on WCNQ-AM, has operated as a missionary tool for 23 years here. During those years the 15-minute program has been under the direction of Edwin John Schroll, a member of the Watertown Ward, Syracuse New York Stake.

The program, which was recently cancelled because of realigned schedules, was patterned after the Church's popular radio program, "Music and the Spoken Word." "Pathways to Peace" featured the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the singing group, "Lettermen" along with words often written by Brother Schroll. Topics usually centered around family values and the importance of appreciating individual worth.

North America Southeast Areai

Deacons provide food


Members of the deacons quorum in the Weatherly Ward, Huntsville Alabama Stake, raked leaves, washed windows, dug a garden and did miscellaneous yard work recently to earn money to buy groceries for a dinner for four large families in their area.

After earning the money, the deacons bought and cooked food for 25 people. The young men prepared food to feed each family for at least two meals.

The young men completed the service project under the direction of their adviser, Randy Nash.

North America Southwest Area

Concert is `benchmark event'


Members of the Austin Texas Stake hosted a recent concert featuring guest artists from the community as well as ward and stake choirs, including a brass choir.

More than 1,000 people attended the "Let Earth Receive Her King!" program, which included a scriptural narration of the birth of Christ and a wide variety of music.

Among guest performers were renowned local organist Joseph Childers, the Council Oak Bells of the First United Methodist Church of Round Rock, and the Texas Suzuki Tour Group, a youth string group.

"This was the best concert I've ever attended," said Linda Handley, stake public affairs director. "This concert was a benchmark event in community relations for the Church in the greater Austin area."

North America West Area

School volunteers honored


Eight volunteers from three local schools were recently honored at a community service fair and open house hosted by the San Jose California South Stake.

Award recipients received an official commendation from the city of San Jose for their extraordinary efforts and contributions to education through voluntarism. Those honored, who were all non-LDS, were Cami Hamilton and Jackie Thompson of Del Roble Elementary School; Carolyn Tanner and June Terry of Frost Elementary School; and Karen Fuque, Robert and Irene Shoberg and Bonnie Sperry of Gunderson High School.

As part of the day's events, held at the stake center in San Jose, 17 displays and booths were open to visitors.

In addition, members hosted an exhibition volleyball game, a children's choir presentation, and a performance by the Santa Clara Chorale from nearby Santa Clara University. A children's fingerprinting project was also completed.

Philippines/Micronesia Area

Temple `model institution'


The Manila Philippines Temple has been named "Model Institution" by the Quezon City Industrial Safety Council for strictly adhering to safety standards.

Quezon City Mayor Ishmael Mathay Jr. presented the award to Manila Temple Pres. F. Briton McConkie in a recent ceremony. The temple was selected over other church buildings in the area.

Europe/Mediterranean Area

`Evharistos' for quilts


Sisters in the Greece District, Greece Athens Mission, recently tied lap quilts for 44 residents of an Athens rest home for elderly, indigent women.

Fabric for the quilts was mostly donated, with the district providing the batting.

The sisters who delivered the quilts were allowed to accompany the director of the rest home to each room to put a quilt on each bed or give it personally to the women. Some of the recipients wanted to select their quilt from among the wide variety of colors and designs, and were encouraged to do so. All of the elderly women were delighted, smiling and expressing many "evharistos" or "thank yous."

Sister Kathy Karamanolis, district Relief Society president, said that not only did the elderly benefit from the service effort, but the sisters who participated also gained much in fellowship and good feelings.

Pacific Area

Youth perform baptisms


A group of youth and their branch presidents in the Australia Brisbane Mission traveled from Townsville in Queensland to the Sydney Australia Temple, a round trip of nearly 5,000 kilometers, (3,100 miles) to perform baptisms for the dead. More than 200 baptisms were performed by the young men and women in the three days they spent at the temple during their school term holidays.

"Much of the long journey from the north of Australia to the south was along roads usually infested by kangaroos and straying cattle," said Bruce Malcom, one of the priesthood leaders who accompanied the youth.

"Prayers were offered to avoid injury or accident to either the wildlife or the travelers. Our prayers were answered."

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