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Couple honored for adoption efforts

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. — Howard and Mary Ellen Johnson of the Elm Creek Ward, Anoka Minnesota Stake, were honored Oct. 25, with the Joseph Smith Murdock Award for raising five adopted children.

The Johnsons were honored during the recent LDS Family Services Conference during which they were keynote speakers. The theme of their comments was that "the Spirit guides the adoption process as eternal families are created."

With one Hispanic, one Filipino, one African, one Mexican/Danish, and one Caucasian child, Sister Johnson describes her children as a "rainbow coalition."

The award was presented by Joel Wiest, president of the Anoka stake and advisory chairman for the Minnesota Agency of the LDS Family Services Board, as part of the November 2002 National Adoption Month.

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