The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its worldwide humanitarian work will be the subject of a “U.N. Briefing” hosted by the United Nations Department of Public Information on Thursday, 27 February 2014. The event, entitled “Focus on Faith: Discovering Mormonism and Its Role in Humanitarian Assistance”, will be held at U.N. headquarters here in New York.
The message I received with this flyer notes, “It would be of considerable benefit to the positive awareness and image of the Church at the UN if a significant number of Church members and their friends attended this presentation event. In addition, attendance at the event would be a wonderful educational opportunity for members to learn more about how the United Nations operates.”
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is involved in substantial humanitarian and emergency-response efforts around the world. The Church’s public affairs site, MormonNewsroom.org, highlights, for example, that after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the Church “immediately [sent] 160,000 pounds of food and emergency resources, and a month later, when a devastating earthquake hit Chile, an airlift of tents, tarps, supplies and even diapers was quickly deployed.” Here in New York, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, thousands of Latter-day Saints in their trademark bright yellow vests put in countless hours helping our neighbors of every faith clean up and rebuild. Mormons contribute time, money, and resources in fulfilling what they believe is God’s commandment to love and serve their neighbors.
The briefing will take place in Conference Room 2 in the Conference Building on the United Nations campus; the entrance is located at 1st Avenue and East 47th Street in Manhattan. If you’d like to attend, you need to RSVP by Monday, 24 February. Instructions to RSVP and additional information are on the flyer.
United Nations headquarters, New York, 1 August 2008
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