South America South AreaMeetinghouses mark progress MENDOZA, ARGENTINA - Construction of six meetinghouses in the Argentina Mendoza Mission - some just beginning and others nearly completed - are monuments of progress, according to mission Pres. Charles W. Eastwood.Pres. Eastwood said the meetinghouses were approved because several branches increased attendance up to 70 percent in five months. Some of the meetinghouses are in outlying areas and will reduce the distance of travel for the members.
"The missionaries are working hard," he said. "They have done an outstanding job in reactivating families and getting converts."
Much of the reactivation work in the San Juan District, where meetinghouses will soon be constructed for the Pocito and Albardon branches, was done by Elder C. Darrell and Sister Lois Margaret Anderson, who recently returned home after serving in the district for seven months. Because of their service, the district is better prepared to soon become a stake, said Pres. Eastwood.
`We don't presently have any couples in the mission," he said. "Maybe this will motivate more couples to serve."
Philippines/Micronesia AreaGrowth noted at centennial MANILA, PHILIPPINES - More than 7,000 Relief Society sisters participated in special meetings in the Philippines, commemorating the Relief Society's sesquicentennial. The meetings were part of regional conferences in Manila, Cebu and Bacolod.
Elder L. Tom Perry of the Council of the Twelve and Elder Marion D. Hanks of the Presidency of the Seventy and their wives spoke at the meetings. The women's meetings included choral music by Relief Society choirs. Elders Vaughn J. Featherstone and Durrel A. Woolsey of the Philippines/Micronesia Area Presidency also attended the regional meetings.
The speakers noted that the first Relief Society meeting in the Philippines was held in 1945 in the home of Maxine Grimm, a Red Cross volunteer. There were three present at that meeting. Now there are more than 79,000 Relief Society members in the country's 44 stakes and 60 districts.
Europe Mediterranean AreaProgram to feature Church PARIS, FRANCE - Church members throughout France have been looking forward to the April 3 broadcast of a widely advertised television documentary concerning the Church, according to Joelle Janowski of the Europe/Mediterranean Area Public Affairs office.
Portions of the documentary will deal with the Prophet Joseph Smith and portions with family history research.
"We don't know what the impact will be, but the program should be widely watched," said Sister Janowski. "The portions about genealogical research should be interesting and helpful to people. We won't know whether to laugh or cry until we see the show, but it should help bring the subject of the Church to the minds of many people."
North America Central AreaPAF class popular GRAND JUNCTION, COLO. - A class in Personal Ancestral File, the Church's genealogy management software for home computers, has proven popular at Mesa College here.
Dorothy Roper, regional public affairs director, said 47 people have taken the class, which is offered through the college's Continuing Education Department. About half the students are not members of the Church.
Because of the class's popularity, another class in Personal Ancestral File is being offered at nearby Colorado Mountain College, Sister Roper said.
North America Northwest AreaGroups promote understanding BURNABY, British Columbia - Elder Scott Robertson of the Canada Vancouver Mission and Bishop Colin Mangham of the Burnaby Ward represented the Church at an interdenominational course held to promote understanding between religions.
Seven other Christian faiths took part in the course that affirmed a common commitment to such principles as love, caring and personal responsibility.
North America Northeast AreaRelief Society quilt cited SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA - A quilt made by the Relief Society of the Sydney Branch, Canada Halifax Mission, received a merit ribbon for innovative design in a quilt contest here. The blue and gold quilt depicts temples and historic scenes of the Church.
The work was entered in the "Quilts of the Island 1991," a traveling quilt display that toured the island of Cape Breton. The contest was sponsored by the Cape Breton School of Crafts. The Relief Society sisters were interviewed on television after winning the award.
North America Southwest Area`Happy and warm inside' FORT SMITH, ARK. - The Primary of the Fort Smith Ward, Fort Smith Arkansas Stake, sang songs to the 145 residents of the Methodist Nursing Home here.
"When we saw the joy in the faces of those special elderly people, it made us feel happy and warm inside, too," said Kathleen Raney, counselor to Kathleen Skidmore, Primary president.
North America West AreaPacket informs about Church VENTURA, CALIF. - Under the direction of the Ventura Califorina Stake mission presidency, a packet of information about the Church is being delivered to all non-members living within the stake boundaries.
Each member of the stake is to deliver one packet, said Paul D. Robertson, stake mission president. The remainder will be delivered by stake and full-time missionaries. He estimated that the project will take about a year.
The packets contain information to clear up misunderstandings about the Church, and information about its auxiliaries. Residents are also offered a free copy of the Book of Mormon.
"This project involves members in missionary work," said Brother Robertson. "Our goal is to see that every home is reached."
The program is getting a good response and full-time missionaries are handling requests for more information, he said.
Utah Central AreaHistorical sketch of women SALT LAKE CITY - Various Salt Lake area clergy enjoyed a historic sketch of women in Utah at the Church Museum of History and Art on March 18. The clergy were guests of the Utah Central Area Presidency and local priesthood leaders at a reception held in commemoration of the Relief Society sesquicentennial.
Some 125-150 LDS and other religious leaders attended the reception. Elder V. Dallas Merrell, regional represetative, and Darlene C. Hutchison, of the public affairs committee, coordinated the event.
"It was a very positive and friendly experience," said Elder Loren C. Dunn, area president. "The museum seemed to be common ground. They were happy to see the exhibit and review the general presentation."
Utah North AreaShort shows save time KAYSVILLE, UTAH - Rather than stretch the roadshow process over several weeks, the Young Men and Young Women of the Kaysville Utah Stake held a "24-Hour Roadshow" the weekend of March 27-28.
Leaders from the seven wards were told the general theme at 7 p.m. on Friday night. They wrote the shows that evening, and rehearsals began early Saturday morning. Productions premiered 24 hours later - at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
The basic theme was the Old Testament, but all seven mini-musicals incorporated a variety of ideas.
The 24-hour turnaround was budget-conscious, too, since wards didn't have the usual six or seven weeks to construct expensive scenery or sew costly costumes.
Utah South AreaGrandmothers adopted DELTA, UTAH - Several ward Young Women groups in the Delta Utah West Stake have undertaken "Adopt-a-Grandmother" programs that have blessed the elderly and youth alike, according to stake Young Women Pres. Darlene Scott.
In the participating wards, each young woman is paired with a widow. The youth provide service, remember special occasions and otherwise spend time remembering their "grandmother."
Occasionally, a dinner or special program is held for participants where the elderly women are honored and entertained. Typically, corsages are provided and perhaps old-time songs are sung.
"The girls make it a special evening for the older women," said Sister Scott.
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