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United Kingdom/Ireland/Africa Area

`Anxious to learn'

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - Some 200 people recently attended a seminar sponsored by the Church's Family History Center in Birmingham. "The spirit of the seminar was excellent," said regional representative Eric Cryer. "The members were most anxious to learn. This was evident by their attentiveness and questions. Some had traveled overnight to be with us - it was exciting." He said the people came from Scotland, northern England, Wales, Cornwall, Devon, and the southeast part of the country.

Asia Area

Youths set alarm clocks

TOKYO, JAPAN - The first early morning seminary classes in Japan are proceeding successfully, according to Bruce Lake, Church Educational System zone administrator. The classes, which began in April, are taught before school five mornings a week in 20 stakes throughout the nation. A total of 254 students are enrolled. Japan has had home-study seminary for about 15 years, but until this year, only American students living in Japan had the benefit of early-morning seminary classes.

Pacific Area

Scout troop organized

NOUMEA, NEW CALEDONIA - The first LDS Scout troop on this southwest Pacific island was organized recently. The Scout troop has two patrols and another for Primary boys. Helping in the organization were Fiji Suva Mission Pres. George S. Goble; district Pres. Ricardo Gaya; Elder William H. Kasbel and his wife, Ruth, a missionary couple serving New Caledonia; and Seola Moutham, Primary president of the Riviere Salee Branch. Pres. Gobel said, "It is a wonderful thing to see this chosen instrument of the Lord for the Aaronic Priesthood spread throughout the world, even to the remote islands of the South Pacific."

South America North Area

Six districts created

TRUJILLO, PERU - Six new districts have been created in the Peru Trujillo Mission during the past eight months, according to mission leaders. The Tumbes, Talara, Jaen, Guadalupe, Casa Grande and Patapo Lumbayeque districts are the results of member activations and baptisms. Under the leadership of Pres. Manuel Y. Rodriguez, the Trujillo mission is also doing well in the self-sufficiency program where local members provide food and launder clothing of missionaries. During the past year, some 100 members have been reactivated, and a number of referrals have been obtained.

Mexico/Central America Area

Open house a success

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO - Success has come from an open house held June 12 at the Mexico Guadalajara Mission home. The event, featuring video presentations, brief explanations of gospel subjects and displays, attracted about 80 investigators, "and several of them already have been baptized," said mission Pres. Alfredo Miron.

Brazil Area

Accounted for half of baptisms

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - The Family-to-Family Book of Mormon program has been a factor in about half the baptisms in the Brazil Fortaleza Mission so far this year, according to mission Pres. Pedro Brassanini. He said the missionaries almost exclusively use personalized copies of the Book of Mormon. "The missionaries keep track of every copy of the Book of Mormon," he said. "If they find the person to whom a book is given is not interested, missionaries give the book to someone else."

South America South Area

Lesson is sung, enjoyed

SANTA FE, ARGENTINA - A choir of members and missionaries from the Santa Fe Branch recently performed a musical version of a missionary discussion for the public. The well-attended event was publicized in two newpapers and a radio station. After the presentation, missionaries of the Argentina Cordoba Mission met with people who were interested in hearing the discussions.

North America Northwest Area

1,400 view stake production

SPOKANE, WASH. - More than 1,400 people recently viewed the Spokane Washington North Stake's fourth annual production of a pageant about the life of the Savior, titled "As I Have Loved You." About 180 members, who came from as far away as Seattle, a five-hour drive, took part in presenting the original musical. Guest soloist in the production was Linda Caple, who performs as an opera soloist in San Francisco, Calif. The story tells the life of the Savior through the eyes of people who walked and talked with Him, said Margaret Thomas, stake public communications director. The program was written by Karlyn Frost Brett and Winnifred Brickley Mason of the Spokane North stake.

North America Central Area

Missionaries featured

GREELEY, COLOR. - A full-page feature story, entitled "A Mormon Mission," with large photos was recently published near the front page in the Greeley Tribune. The article featured the mssionary work of Elders Rian Chipman of Idaho and Larry Anderson of California, who serve in the Colorado Denver Mission. They were followed in their morning's work by a photojournalist and a reporter. The reporters also interviewed Ruth Bagley, Greeley stake public communications director.

North America Southeast Area

Libraries receive books

DECATUR, GA. - For the past year, the Georgia Atlanta Mission has been donating Church literature to university, college, city and rural libraries. Missionaries recently contacted the director of the De Kalb Library System, with branches in De Kalb, Rockdale and Newton counties, who agreed to accept a set of LDS books for each of the 15 libraries in the system. The books included the Bible, a triple combination, Truth Restored, Jesus the Christ, The Articles of Faith and A Marvelous Work and a Wonder.

North America West Area

Mexican leaders hosted

LA VERNE, CALIF. - An evening of entertainment recently was held at the La Verne stake center for a delegation of visitors from Acambaro, Mexico, and La Verne community leaders as part of the "Sister City" program. Excerpts from the stake's production of "Oklahoma" were presented, and the stake's Spanish-speaking leaders and some returned missionaries were invited to converse and socialize with the 30 guests. Afterward, many spoke of the feelings of international goodwill and community togetherness that were experienced, said Jeffrey B. Allred, who helped coordinate the event.

Utah South Area

Bond of love, friendship

MORONI, UTAH - Some 300 youths from the Orem Utah Lakeview Stake traveled to central Utah June 9-11 for an ambitious three-day project of cleaning up lots, painting buildings and making park tables. They gathered the old wood from shed and turkey coops and later burned it in a huge bonfire. The service project came after a "mission call" to each youth, with a challenge to read the Book of Mormon. After the project was finished, Elder Hartman Rector Jr. of the First Quroum of the Seventy addressed the youths, who also enjoyed a turkey barbecue, hosted by a Moroni Scout troop. "A bond of friendship and love was forged between Moroni residents and their brothers and sisters from Orem," said Ida O. Donaldson, Moroni Utah Stake public communications director.

Utah North Area

Youths help Forest Service

LAYTON, UTAH - Some 200 youths from the Layton Utah North Stake joined with youths from the Declo Idaho Stake for a service project and youth conference June 9-11. Activities included in the conference, held at a campground south of Malta, Idaho, were hiking, sightseeing and rock climbing. Later, youths from both stakes worked on a U.S. Forest Service project of piling rocks, cutting sagebrush and scraping the ground. The activity concluded with a street dance, fireside and testimony meeting, said Edith Carlson, Declo stake public communications director.

North America Northeast Area

Missionaries share talents

REDFORD, N.H. - Thirty-two missionaries were volunteers in the annual Mayfest "Very Special Arts New Hampshire," a day of recreational and cutural arts activities held for disabled people statewide. The missionaries, the majority of volunteers, were noted by sponsoring groups for the excellent service they rendered, said New Hampshire Manchester Mission Pres. Lynn E. Thomsen.