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LDS missionaries pitch in at Ability1st center

TALLAHASSEE – Missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spend most of their time teaching the gospel – but they also devote regular hours to service in the community. Missionaries serving in the Tallahassee Stake – which includes congregations in Tallahassee (7), Thomasville, Cairo, Quincy, Crawfordville, Perry, and Madison—have found such an opportunity with Ability1st, the Center for Independent Living of North Florida. LDS Missionaries on a completed ramp The nonprofit organization provides support services and equipment, information, and advocacy to people with disabilities so they can live independently. One of [...]

By |2021-08-06T11:04:52-04:00December 1st, 2020|Categories: News, News Release, Service|Tags: , , |

Feeding the hungry a year-long process for local non-profits

TALLAHASSEE – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes feeding the hungry is a core responsibility – not just during the holiday season, but throughout the year. The Church works closely with community-based organizations to get food produced on Church farms, orchards, canneries, and ranches distributed to people in need. Whether the effort is “farm to table” food production and distribution, or working to distribute the community’s surplus food, area organizations are laboring to feed those in need—especially as the holiday season approaches. And those needs have only increased as Covid-19 continues to take [...]

By |2021-08-06T11:05:24-04:00November 30th, 2020|Categories: News, News Release, Service|Tags: , |

“Light the World” annual initiative

Local LDS churches invite all to submit photos of favorite nativity scenes TALLAHASSEE – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints kicked off its annual “Light the World” initiative this week with the debut of a new shareable video titled “Hope Shines Bright,” now available on LightTheWorld.org.  Locally, the Tallahassee Stake of the Church (which includes seven congregations in Tallahassee and congregations in Thomasville, Cairo, Quincy, Madison, Perry, and Crawfordville) is sponsoring a Share Your Nativity activity on the Tallahassee Stake News & Events website and Facebook page. Members of the community are encouraged [...]

By |2020-11-23T12:21:44-05:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: News, News Release|Tags: , |

Voting in the U.S. encouraged by church leadership

The leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encouraged all members of the Church to vote in the upcoming Nov. 3 election in a letter sent to Church members. “Citizens of the United States have the privilege and duty of electing office holders and influencing public policy. Participation in the political process affects their communities and nation today and in the future. We urge Latter-day Saints to be active citizens by registering, exercising their right to vote, and engaging in civic affairs,” members of the Church’s First Presidency wrote. Voting day flag [...]

By |2020-10-31T15:58:45-04:00October 25th, 2020|Categories: News, News Release|Tags: , |

Helping Hands program puts service first

At the core of beliefs held by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a willingness to serve other people. The Church’s Helping Hands program is the fulfillment of that belief. Lane Wright, left, and Josh Matson of Tallahassee team up in cutting a downed tree. Whenever a hurricane or other natural disaster occurs, Helping Hands volunteers don those ubiquitous yellow t-shirts and head off to points in the Southeast to render service to those in need. “It’s Christian faith put into action,” said Mark Llewellyn, a leader in the [...]

By |2021-08-06T11:06:55-04:00October 20th, 2020|Categories: News, News Release, Service|Tags: , , , |

Alabama first responder finds himself on the receiving end of assistance

Church members from Tallahassee area join Helping Hands effort DAPHNE, AL -- James Johnston, a police officer in Gulf Shores, Alabama, is usually on the giving end of assistance to the public. Saturday and Sunday, relief workers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Helping Hands program were at his home, clearing trees and doing general cleanup – and he found himself on the receiving end of community service. Members of congregations in Tallahassee, Thomasville, Cairo, Quincy, Crawfordville, Madison, and Perry spent the weekend in Daphne. FIRST RESPONDER - Gulf Shores, Alabama [...]

By |2020-10-31T16:00:28-04:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: News, News Release, Service|Tags: , , , |

Local Latter-day Saint healthcare workers on the pandemic front lines

THOMASVILLE -- Healthcare workers have by and large been the unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing medical support services during a national health crisis. Two members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Leah Smith, a registered nurse at Thomasville Eye Center in Thomasville and Tasha Odum, a dental hygienist in Cairo, recounted their experiences in providing health care during the pandemic. Both are members of the Tallahassee Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which includes congregations in Tallahassee, Thomasville, Cairo, Quincy, Crawfordville, Perry, and Madison. Tasha Odum, dental [...]

By |2020-10-31T16:01:06-04:00September 18th, 2020|Categories: News, News Release|Tags: , , |

Missionary service takes a historical turn

Volunteering at the Grady County History Museum CAIRO – Sisters Jessica Allen and Brooklyn Gentry, missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, probably know more about the history of Grady County than the average life-long resident. The missionaries volunteer at the Grady County History Museum in Cairo several times a week and lend a hand wherever they are needed. Sisters Gentry and Allen flank Grady County History Museum Director Don Nickerson. “The young ladies are wonderful,” said Don Nickerson, museum director. “They help us out in any way we need [...]

By |2020-10-31T16:01:40-04:00September 11th, 2020|Categories: News, News Release|Tags: , |

Breast cancer pillows sewn by women’s organization

TALLAHASSEE -- Though the pandemic has disrupted many volunteer activities, it has not slowed one project to provide relief for breast cancer patients at Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center. Members of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are sewing pillows for the patients. Jeanie Campbell – a member of the Relief Society women’s organization – consistently seeks out and serves in volunteer projects for the community. And this one is especially important to her, as several family members have felt breast cancer’s devastating effects. “The BRCA (BReast CAncer) gene runs strongly [...]

By |2020-10-31T16:02:24-04:00September 9th, 2020|Categories: News, News Release|Tags: |

Local missionaries rerouted due to pandemic

Missionaries were reassigned from across the globe Some of the missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in the northwest Florida and south Georgia area had a major detour before arriving in the South. The Church has 67,000 missionaries serving worldwide. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, many of those missionaries were sent home and reassigned to stateside missions. Sixteen missionaries currently serving in the Florida and Georgia region (Tallahassee, Thomasville, Cairo, Perry, Madison, Crawfordville, and Quincy) were previously assigned to international missions.  Elder Ethan Eliason from Gilbert, Arizona (Tallahassee) was originally [...]

By |2020-10-31T16:03:18-04:00September 8th, 2020|Categories: News, News Release|Tags: |
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