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Maxine Grimm, LDS Church Pioneer in the Philippines, Dies at Age 102

(Source: Deseret News) Maxine Tate Shields Grimm, 102 — whose pioneering efforts for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines helped make it possible for LDS missionaries to begin work in the nation in the early 1960s — died Feb. 10, 2017, in Tooele, Utah.

Seeing Hope: A Life-changing Moment

Eye cataract is reportedly the most common cause of principal blindness in the world and a major cause of vision loss for those aged more than 40 years old. A Lumera surgical microscope and surgical supplies donated last year by LDS Charities and the Mason Eye Institute to the Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital in Eroreco, Bacolod City, resulted in several successful eye surgeries extended to indigent patients, particularly less privileged senior citizens. 

Church Gives Hope to Drug Dependents

Addiction Recovery Services, sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will help drug dependents who want to reform their ways.  A 12-step program that has been achieving success for several years in the United States and elsewhere will be offered in the Philippines beginning in four locations:  Pasay, Cavite, Iloilo and Butuan.

LDS Charities, TV5 Alagang Kapatid Provide Early Christmas to Lawin Survivors

The Cagayan State University–Andrews Campus was filled with cheers on 17 December 2016 as affected families from Typhoon Lawin (Haima) joined the “Paskong Kapatid” Christmas program of TV5 Alagang Kapatid  together with LDS Charities.

LDS Charities Storm Lawin (Haima) Rebuilding Efforts in Cagayan Province

LDS Charities and Mormon Helping Hands from the different stakes (archdioceses) in Tuguegarao provided 14,000 sheets of galvanized iron roofing materials to severely affected families in Cagayan Province.

Messages of Christ's Birth Shared at First Presidency's Christmas Devotional

“Our hope is to capture the true spirit of Christmas for ourselves and for those we love,” said President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional. “That spirit is characterized by peace.” 

'Light the World' Christmas Initiative Reaches Global Audience

An effort to encourage people to perform acts of Christlike service during the Christmas season is receiving global attention. Videos produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for its “Light the World” Christmas initiative have received nearly 69 million views.

Chief Justice Davide, Wife Receive Family Values Award

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presented the 2016 Family Values Award (FVA) to Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr. and his wife, Mrs. Virginia Davide, in recognition of their advocacies that advance standards and values that strengthen the Filipino family.  Now on its 10th year, the FVA was held on November 24 in an intimate ceremony at Marco Polo Ortigas. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales co-presented the award together with Elder Shayne M. Bowen of the Philippines Area Presidency.

20 Years After Serving in the Country, Elder Cook Returns to the Philippines

Two decades ago as a newly called General Authority, Elder Quentin L. Cook served in the Philippines. Twenty years later, Elder Cook — now of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles — returned to the country, where he observed meaningful Church growth, youth engagement in family history work and an increasing number of temple marriages among young adults.

Church Launches 'Light the World' Christmas Initiative

A global effort to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and encourage people to serve others during the Christmas season is being launched by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The “Light the World” Christmas initiative will reach worldwide audiences from Friday, November 25, 2016, through January 1, 2017.