North America Northwest Area\ Narrow escape from floodCENTRALIA, WASH.\ After a concrete reservoir wall gave away and released 3 million gallons of water, members of the Centralia Ward, Centralia Washington Stake, pitched in to help clean up.
Ward members, under the direction of Bishop Jim Moss, cleaned up flooded yards left with a residue of mud, including those of Todd and Brenda Hyde and five elderly non-LDS neighbors, said Joyce Fink, Centralia stake public affairs director.
One young woman in the ward, Blair Mortensen, narrowly avoided disaster while at a blackberry patch near the reservoir. When she heard a "booming sound" at the concrete wall of the reservoir, she ran home. Some 10 minutes later, the concrete wall gave way and the blackberry patch where she had been was flooded and strewn with trees.
Full-time missionaries in the Washington Seattle Mission assisted as Red Cross volunteers in the disaster.
North America Southwest Area\ `Baby kits' donated
EL PASO, TEXAS\ The El Paso Texas Mt. Franklin Stake Relief Society is in its second year of helping the local Thomason General Hospital.
Upon leaving the hospital, many infants born at the hospital, both English and Spanish, need baby clothing. Relief Society sisters sew and donate "baby kits" for these infants. The kit consists of wearing apparel and covering.
A kit is presented to a new mother as she leaves the hospital. Inside each kit is an emblem symbolizing love and a copy of the song, "I Am a Child of God" in English and Spanish.
North America Southeast Area\ Miss Panama shares values\ WAVELAND, MISS.\ Young women in the Waveland Ward of the Gulfport Mississippi Stake were surprised when the reigning Miss Panama visited them at a recent mid-week activity.
Miss Panama, Janell T. Cosca, had been invited by a member to speak to the Young Women on the subject of poise, beauty and success.
"Miss Cosca, who speaks fluent English, told of some of her experiences during her recent pageant," said ward media specialist Patricia C. Baldree.
"Miss Cosca emphasized that each young woman in the room had `an inner beauty' that was unequaled by anyone else in the world. She told the girls to always let that inner beauty shine forth."
North America Central Area\ Stake leaders trained\ INDEPENDENCE, MO.\ Principles of teaching and retaining converts were emphasized in a seminar for stake and mission leaders of the Missouri Independence Mission here, reported Elder Robert and Sister Linda Day, public affairs missionaries.
The seminar was held in September for stake mission presidencies and mission zone leaders in the 11 stakes served by the mission.
Training, motivation and callings in inner cities were also discussed. Groups of members in the inner city meet weekly in a member's home, where they conduct a sacrament meeting in an effort to nurture and strengthen the less-active into full activity in the Church. Missionaries help members prepare talks, learn leadership fundamentals and participate in worshipping the Lord.\ Utah Central Area\ Australia choir hosted\ TAYLORSVILLE, UTAH\ An Australian choir was hosted by members of the Taylorsville Utah Stake during a visit to Salt Lake City Sept. 20. The choir performed on the Temple Square concert series.\ The choir, called the Cairns Choral Society, was introduced to the Tabernacle Choir at a regular Thursday night rehearsal of the choir.\ Included in the repertoire of the choral society is 550 pieces of music from the Tabernacle Choir. The music was presented to the choral society by stake members Stanley and Mavis Steadman while the Steadmans were public affairs missionaries in the Australia Brisbane Mission. Elder Steadman was a former Tabernacle Choir member, and while in Australia, had requested the music from Tabernacle Choir director Jerold D. Ottley for the Cairns group.\ Utah South Area\ `So This Is La Verkin'
LA VERKIN, UTAH\ More than 300 people viewed the recent showing of "So This Is La Verkin," a video written and produced by Church members in this small southwestern Utah community.
The production commemorated the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the La Verkin Canal – an 840-foot-tunnel taking water from the Virgin River to the La Verkin bench – by Mormon pioneers.
Alice Stratton, 82, of the La Verkin 1st Ward, La Verkin Utah Stake, put together a script for the program. The script leaned heavily on early histories of those who pioneered the town, and also included 14 songs, a square-dance sequence, other musical numbers and an old-fashioned melodrama, similar to those put on 100 years ago.
"Our goal was a production that would make everyone who watched the video stand a little taller as they realized just how very special their little town was, with its wonderful pioneer heritage," explained Brian T. Gubler.
Europe Area\ Centennial celebrated in Leipzig\ LEIPZIG, GERMANY\ Church members this summer commemorated the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Church in this city.\ The 100-year Gemeindefest (which in German means "anniversary") included a variety of programs and displays at the Leipzig Germany Stake center. Full-time missionaries used the occasion to acquaint many investigators with the Church, said local leaders.
Participants in the event included members John and Eileen Olson of the Upland 3rd Ward, Upland California Stake. Sister Olson's mother and grandparents were baptized in Leipzig in the early 1900s, and Sister Olson was a speaker on the program.
Europe North Area\ Down memory lane in Liverpool\ LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND\ Twenty-five years ago, on March 13, 1966, the Liverpool Ward meetinghouse was opened. To celebrate, the ward held a weekend of events Aug. 9-11.
A formal dance Friday evening was followed by a Fun Day on Saturday with various stalls, and a memory lane display. Bishop David Hoare said the display was successful, depicting events through newspaper clippings and photographs, with special sections for roadshows, weddings, missions and information about those who had moved away.
Ward conference was held on Sunday, concluding with a testimony meeting, which lasted more than three hours. At the conclusion of the meeting, Bishop Hoare mentioned all who had worked on the building, especially the late John W. Jones, who laid practically all the brick work.
Brazil Area\ `Back to school' to weed, clean
MANAUS, BRAZIL\ Members and missionaries in the Manaus Brazil Stake went back to school recently, not to learn but to serve and teach by example. They performed a community service project at Maria de Lourdes Rodrigue Arruda public school and cleaned the main entrance and the school's large water tank, and also weeded the lawn.
Vanda Barros, the school's educational unity administrator, spoke of the difficulty of getting people in the neighborhood involved in that kind of task. She mentioned the members of the Church as an example to the students' parents, teachers and the community itself.\ Readers from around the world are invited to submit news items and photos for this feature on Church events worldwide. Submissions should include a telephone number of someone who can be contacted for additional information. Items should be mailed to Church News, "From Around the World," P.O. Box 1257, Salt Lake City, Utah 84110. Fax No. (801) 237-2121.