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Odds and Ends: Examples of service and missionary work

Published: Monday, July 9 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continue to share good examples of service and missionary work around the country through press clippings.

In Hendersonville, N.C., a group of LDS young women are helping a ward member, Nelly Rivera, from Chile to prepare to become a U.S. citizen.

“I heard her talking about wanting to get her citizenship,” Christy Thomas, an adult leader, told reporter Amy B. McCraw of the Halifax Media Group. “It was the perfect opportunity for the young women to do something different and provide a service to someone in this way.”

The girls are assisting Rivera by helping her improve her English skills and study for the tests she needs to take to become a citizen.

The Marysville, Wash., Globe reported that 100 youth from a local LDS Church congregation planted trees at a park in the rain as part of a two-day youth conference.

"It's a good opportunity to be part of the community and to serve," Jessie Warner, 17, told the Globe. "I love to serve because it brings me happiness. I think it creates a good example to others in the community."

Another group of LDS youth in Australia performed helped clean up a public school, the Mt. Druitt Standard reported.

Although Mormon missionaries have been knocking doors around the world since the church was organized in 1830, they have never been more newsworthy than during the presidential campaign of Mitt Romney, who served a mission himself.

The Tennessean recently featured two young men preparing to serve missions in Mexico and Colombia.

The Battalion Online, Texas A&M's student publication, the Wilmington, N.C. Starnews, Lehigh Acres (Fla.) Citizen, and Napa Valley (Calif.) Register all published similar stories about young men serving two-year missions.

The Caswell (N.C.) Messenger reported that a couple of senior missionaries are encouraging their community to write down memories for their family history.

In other LDS news, Lance Cpl. Steven May, a recipient of the military's Purple Heart, was recently honored at a patriotic church activity in Texas, several news outlets reported, including The Battalion Online, Texas A&M's student publication. May, a sophomore industrial distribution major, is serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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