North America Northwest Area
Family history open house
NYSSA, ORE. - The Nyssa Oregon Stake family history center held a public open house Feb. 14 that was attended by some 150 guests, about one-third being non-members of the Church.
Teachers and classes were rotated every hour for five hours during the open house. The event included computer demonstrations and displays, such as the Personal Ancestral File and FamilySearch; and included such demonstrations as "How to search the census," "How to find immigration records," and "How to organize and preserve family records." The displays included information on Mayflower ancestors, a French and Indian War veteran chart, War of 1812 ancestry, pedigree charts of royal ancestors, numerous family history books and books of remembrance.
Full-time and stake missionaries acted as ushers and showed Church videos. Many guests were excited when searches for ancestors were successful.
In correspondence to the Church News, Dick Grigg, a director at the family history center, wrote: "We feel that the open house with the great displays and classes held has brought our family history center to the attention of the public and our members so we will have greater participation from now on. We have the center staffed for 34 hours per week and have our staff trained to give people the help they need."
North America West Area
Youth serve at school
LAIE, HAWAII - Some 350 youth and 80 leaders from the Laie Hawaii North Stake completed five service projects Feb. 21 at a school.
The youth, as part of their youth conference, Feb. 20-22, did the service projects at Kahuku High and Intermediate School - where most of the youth attend as students. They established a memorial garden to promote traffic safety in honor of students who have lost their lives in traffic accidents. They also repaired the snack bar roof, constructed a retaining wall, painted with the school colors the bottom halves of 15 portable classrooms, and made picnic tables for use around the campus.
"This was a great opportunity for the youth to give back to Kahuku High and learn how to work," said Judd Whetten, service project coordinator and stake Young Men president. "It's also an opportunity to serve others."
Brother Whetten said the school principal, Mrs. Lea Albert, joined the youth workers for the service projects.
Scouts aid typhoon victims
BARRIGADA, GUAM - Members of LDS Boy Scout Troop 10 in Guam have been assisting recent victims of Typhoon Paka, which ripped through the island in December.
In January they worked to clear roads and campgrounds of debris caused by the typhoon.
During a previous service project, the troop assisted typhoon victims, cleaning up trash and delivering food and water to needy individuals. The governor of Guam took time to visit with the boys - some of whom were also interviewed by local news media.