“World Briefs,” Liahona, Oct. 2008, N7
Following the organization of the Mingchien Branch in May 2008, the Church in Taiwan now has 100 congregations. Mingchien is a small town in central Taiwan. The 100 units serve a total membership approaching 50,000.
The first missionaries arrived in the late 1950s, and missionaries were often assigned to lead the congregations. Today all lay leaders come from the ranks of local members.
Stake leaders in Lyon, France, organized a press conference about FamilySearch’s new indexing features. They used the May 13, 2008, occasion to bring Church doctrine to the attention of local journalists and community leaders as they explained the importance of family history in the lives of Church members and the principle of eternal families. “Those in attendance were very interested,” said Daniel Mocellin, president of the Lyon France Stake.
The Danish, Dutch, and Hungarian versions of the triple combination are now available online at http://scriptures.lds.org. The online triple combination provides footnotes, study helps, maps, photographs, and the ability to mark scriptures. To help more members have access to the scriptures, the Church has previously placed English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish versions of the triple online. The LDS scriptures are currently being converted for use online in more than two dozen languages.
Relief Society members of the Fountain Colorado Stake in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, spent the second weekend in May sawing, sanding, sewing, and serving. After donating to a local blood bank, Relief Society sisters assembled 200 comfort kits and hand-tied 40 fleece blankets for the local Red Cross.
They also donated more than 500 wooden toy blocks, 25 quilts, and 82 dolls to the Church’s Humanitarian Center along with 187 items of new clothing.
For information on donating to Humanitarian Services, visit www.lds.org/humanitarianservices or call 1-801-240-5954.