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Odds and Ends: Mormons seeking to do good

Published: Monday, Aug. 27 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

The morristowngreen.com reported that LDS Church members participated in weeding gardens, mulching walkways, repairing damaged fences and other acts of service.

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With the eyes of the nation on presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Mormons everywhere, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are seeking to serve and do good.

In the neighboring states of Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, governors of the three states joined with the LDS Church and other faiths in declaring Sept. 29 to be a day of service. They hope the regional effort will unite members different faiths, the nonprofit community and Virginia’s food banks in collecting food donations for those in need. An article about the event appeared in the Union Star.

Mormons in Morristown, N.J., did something similar this summer. The morristowngreen.com reports church members participated in weeding gardens, mulching walkways, repairing damaged fences and other acts of service.

The Reno Gazette Journal reported earlier this month that members of the LDS Church and community organized a clothing drive in Sparks, Nev. People contributed clothes and other supplies use the event to give to needy families.

"We’ve been doing this for many years," said Jean Case, a church member and one of the event organizers. “Members of the church, primarily, are the people who donate the clothing. The giveaway, however, is open to anyone in the community who needs the free clothing. We do it this time of year because there are people who use it for school shopping."

Elsewhere in Alvin, Texas, reporter Judy Zavalia of the Sun-Advertiser published a report about LDS members doing family history work in the Family History Center Library.

"Alvin genealogy buffs have a real gold mine in the Family History Center Library," Zavalia wrote.

Church doctrine is not discussed in the library because patrons don't want people of other faiths to feel uncomfortable visiting the library.

Finally, in the Ypsilanti Township of Michigan, Boy Scout and Ypsilanti High School football player
 Jacob Moorer was honored with the Boy Scouts of America's Medal
 of Merit at a special Court of Honor earlier this month at an LDS chapel.

Moorer, a Mormon, was honored for his 
quick action in a sudden medical emergency, which saved both his
 grandfather's life and his own.

"His quick action in a chaotic situation likely prevented a far 
more serious, multivehicle accident on the expressway," the Courier article stated.

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