Breakfast for Smiles honors Mormon Church, raises $125,000

Lives can be forever changed when caring hearts are mobilized.

That was the message anchoring Tuesday's "Breakfast for Smiles" hosted by the Operation Smile Utah Chapter. The annual event helps raise more than $125,000 to support medical missions worldwide. The breakfast at the Little America Hotel also recognized the LDS Church's 75-year-old welfare program.

Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that provides free reconstructive surgery to children born with a cleft by enlisting the help of doctors and other medical professionals, along with donations from organizations and individuals, alike.

In his keynote remarks, Bishop H. David Burton, the presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke of the church's ongoing partnership with Operation Smile. Lives, he said, have been blessed through the combined efforts and generosity of many.

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