Refugees

By  LDS Living
August 21, 2019 11:48 AM MDT
Hakim Kambere wasn't there when his aunt, Anifah Barobi, collapsed, overwhelmed by their beautiful new home in Ogden, Utah.
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May 16, 2019 01:22 PM MDT
For the third year in a row, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is providing a grant to the nine national refugee resettlement agencies in the United States. Representatives of Latter-day Saint Charities, the humanitarian organization of the Church, were on the East Coast this week to hold discussions and deliver a $4 million grant, which includes $1.2 million in cash and $2.8 million in commodities.
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December 08, 2018 04:00 PM MST
Leonard Bagalwa watched as the rebel officers who had captured him and forced him to train as a child soldier walked away to drink at a shop. With his captors’ backs turned, he heard a voice in his mind repeat, “You need to run.”
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Addressing an audience at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London, England, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called on non-governmental organisations (NGOs), governments and faith groups to refocus their efforts in responding to the personal and family crises suffered by refugees and internally displaced people.
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June 05, 2018 12:30 PM MDT
On June 7–9, a group of refugees from Myanmar's Karen and Karenni tribes will reenact moments from the Book of Mormon in "Mormon Speaks." With no Church materials translated into their native language, the experience of creating this production has shaped their faith and understanding of God's power and love.
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April 26, 2018 04:10 PM MDT
“We get to teach people, and they get to teach us,” Mormon missionary William Valadez says about his work teaching refugees English. “They love to teach us Nepali.”
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February 03, 2018 02:36 PM MST
Following are the incredible stories of Justin Bisimwa, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Collins family, a family of 15 in San Diego, California, who have now teamed up to create a non-profit organization called New Neighbor Relief that helps refugees in San Diego become self-reliant.
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December 11, 2017 10:00 PM MST
What incredible stories from the life of President Dieter F. Uchtdorf that show how, through all of his challenges and missions as a pilot, the Lord had been preparing him for the greatest mission of all. The following was originally written by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and posted on lds.org, but this story written in President Uchtdorf's own words can also be found in his new book, The Gospel at 30,000 Feet, available in Deseret Book stores and on deseretbook.com.
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December 07, 2017 08:13 PM MST
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently donated $5 million in an effort to help aid refugees in the U.S.
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November 14, 2017 01:23 PM MST
“I cannot remember a time when there was no war,” George Ngunza says. “My earliest memories are of the fighting that ravaged my village." In fact, when Ngunza was just 14 years old, militiamen wielding machetes attacked Ngunza’s family in the middle of the night, killing his father, mother, and two brothers and leaving him for dead.
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September 26, 2017 06:47 PM MDT
Service opportunities rarely come at convenient moments in our lives, but this story shows the power of following a prompting to serve, even when it's difficult.
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August 05, 2017 04:00 PM MDT
When Liz Shropshire saw a round-trip airline ticket to Brussels, Belgium, for $135, she had no way of knowing that in a few months she would be witnessing first-hand the unthinkable results of mass slaughter while sleeping on the hard floor of a former brick factory, now a displacement camp. She had no way of knowing that maybe this was a way God provided for her to discover her calling in life.
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May 25, 2017 03:54 PM MDT
"Their needs are so great," said Sister Herway. "They literally have nothing. They have left it all behind in reaching for a better life. Their gratitude for the smallest kindnesses shown them is wonderful. I wish everyone could have this experience. Their worlds will never be the same."
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May 18, 2017 05:51 PM MDT
Bolaji Oyebanji Adepoju is not like most missionaries. Before he left for his mission in Italy, Adepoju survived a shooting attack in his own home and a miraculous rescue at sea. Read more about his amazing story below.
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By  LDS Living
May 17, 2017 08:12 PM MDT
In his recent Facebook post, President Uchtdorf shares that he is impressed by the kindness LDS Saints have shown to refugees fleeing war-torn countries and includes a powerful video we all should see.
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May 03, 2017 01:11 PM MDT
From the British Parliament's changing view of the LDS Church to her thoughts on Elder Holland after hosting his family, Baroness Nicholson had quite a bit to share about the LDS Church and her work with its members.
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By  LDS Living
April 25, 2017 03:51 PM MDT
Since the "I Was a Stranger" movement began, many have wondered how they can assist refugees around the world.
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April 17, 2017 05:18 PM MDT
Though he has undergone 60 chemotherapy treatments in the past decade, Don Ward continues to assist refugees and serve them in any way he can.
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April 11, 2017 12:10 PM MDT
"It's just been natural for me my whole life to bring people in, to love them, to let them know that they are cared about. Everybody needs to know they're loved and they're worth loving," Lisa Campbell says.
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March 27, 2017 05:00 PM MDT
"I've always thought if the women of the church all wanted the same thing, step back," said Sharon Eubank, the director of humanitarian services at LDS Charities. "I've really felt that before, and this was an opportunity for that to happen."
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March 21, 2017 12:02 PM MDT
Over the past year, Church members have banded together under a common cause: to aid refugees as the refugee crisis grows worldwide.
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February 02, 2017 07:18 PM MST
CNN recently featured the LDS Church's efforts to help refugees around the world while sharing an interesting part in the Church's history many might not know about.
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February 02, 2017 06:01 PM MST
It's so encouraging to see Latter-day Saints rising up to the Church's call to help refugees around the world.
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February 01, 2017 02:10 PM MST
"When we came to America as refugees, in 1986, the very first people who embraced us were Latter-day Saints who were open-minded and open-hearted. We were from a terrorist country then, but the church didn't care," Iranian Mehrsa Baradaran says. "I understand that America took a risk on us. I was that little Muslim kid from a terrorist country 'yearning to breathe free,' and you took me in."
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By  LDS Living
January 30, 2017 07:12 PM MST
The LDS trio Firefly and The Voice finalist Belle Lyon joined together to help raise awareness for refugees with their cover of Tim McGraw's "Humble and Kind."
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January 30, 2017 02:13 PM MST
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf was a refugee twice in his life, once as a 4-year-old boy fleeing Czechoslovakia with his family during World War II and later as an 11-year-old escaping from East Germany with his family after the turmoil following the war.
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In response to recent media inquiries, the Church released the following statement regarding refugees:
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January 27, 2017 03:43 PM MST
What an inspiring story of how one Latter-day Saint saw a need and decided to make a difference.
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January 19, 2017 03:53 PM MST
"What brings hope is that once the priesthood is there, once the Lord has his hand blessing the people, it won't take long for good things to happen," Jorge Mena says about the Church in Cuba.
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Fun
By  LDS Living
December 02, 2016 06:42 PM MST
While taking part in two viral hashtags, Boy Scout Troop 1262—which is made up of young refugees and led by former refugee Saborn Va—helped #LIGHTtheWORLD while doing the mannequin challenge on Temple Square this Christmas season. Check out their fun video below:
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December 01, 2016 08:26 PM MST
"We must be careful that news of the refugees’ plight does not somehow become commonplace when the initial shock wears off and yet the wars continue and the families keep coming," Elder Patrick Kearon said in his April 2016 general conference address. "Millions of refugees worldwide, whose stories no longer make the news, are still in desperate need of help."
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November 19, 2016 04:00 PM MST
On October 27, 1838, Missouri governor Lilburn W. Boggs issued an extermination order forcing thousands of Latter-day Saints to leave Missouri by March 8, 1839, or be killed. But where could they go?
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Fun
November 18, 2016 01:35 PM MST
It's the most wonderful time of the year: the time when the Primary children take over sacrament meeting and delight us with their enthusiastic singing, bright testimonies, and their adorable and unexpected mannerisms.
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November 04, 2016 02:33 PM MDT
Bishop Dean Davies, first counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, recently visited an international refugee resettlement agency in Washington, D.C., and pledged $200,000, according to Times of Israel.
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November 01, 2016 08:04 PM MDT
"Always remember that wherever we are, the gospel is home. It doesn't matter where we are, the gospel is home," President Uchtdorf shared with a group of refugees.
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October 28, 2016 04:21 PM MDT
"To me, it feels like I have been led here by the hand of God,” former refugee Saborn Va shares, talking about his remarkable journey to the Church and the United States.
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October 19, 2016 05:39 PM MDT
"Seeing how the LDS [humanitarian] model is designed and delivers consistently is exciting," said Staci Coomer of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services. "They do it thoughtfully and well, and it's amazing to see in action. We know the LDS will be a great partner."
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October 05, 2016 07:20 PM MDT
Since members of the Church were strongly encouraged to aid refugees in the April 2016 general conference, KSL reported on the new efforts Utah citizens have implemented to support, aid, and welcome refugees.
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September 30, 2016 07:00 PM MDT
In an attempt to raise awareness of "Just Serve," a new service website sponsored by the Church, LDS singer Michele Baer recorded Michael McLean's song, "Safe Harbors," in a new music video, "Refugees of the Heart."
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By  LDS Living
September 20, 2016 07:06 PM MDT
Mormon Channel's new video, "Refuge from the Storm," is a touching reminder of the challenges refugees face and the help Church members can provide.
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September 12, 2016 12:47 PM MDT
A tragic yet “largely invisible part of war and conflict” and the resulting refugee crisis is the sexual violence inflicted upon women, said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, an apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Holland addressed a gathering of humanitarians, scholars, faith and government leaders at a conference sponsored by the AMAR Foundation at Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom titled “Religious Persecution: The Driver for Forced Migration.”
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September 05, 2016 12:00 PM MDT
A century ago, many Armenians fled to Syria as refugees to escape genocide. Now, to escape ISIS and religious genocide, many of the descendants of these refugees are fleeing back to Armenia. Learn what some Latter-day Saints are doing to help.
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September 02, 2016 01:05 PM MDT
“We are grateful . . . for the opportunities . . . to assist in one of the fundamental principles of the gospel—caring for those that may feel like strangers among us,”Bishop Waddell said after donating $2 million in behalf of the Church. “This includes those who have been driven from their homes and find themselves in new and unfamiliar circumstances.”
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By  LDS Living
August 31, 2016 04:50 PM MDT
"Last week I had the opportunity to show my grandson Eric an old C-141 airplane that is on display at the Leonardo museum in Salt Lake City.
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August 29, 2016 05:50 PM MDT
Phillip Deng Aguto survived the Sudanese civil war but died alone in a suspected hit-and-run accident along North Temple in the early hours of August 13. Though several cars stopped after the accident, Aguto was alone when police arrived at the scene.
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August 22, 2016 06:13 PM MDT
After coming to the United States as a refugee, Kombi Nzoumba converted to the LDS Church. Through the Church, he found friends who would change his life.
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By  LDS Living
August 15, 2016 07:10 PM MDT
Teaming up with BRIDGES and Real Salt Lake, Alex Boye is putting on a benefit concert at the Rio Tinto Stadium for the 60,000 refugees in the Salt Lake community.
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July 26, 2016 01:22 PM MDT
In his recent trip to Italy, President Uchtdorf made the most of his time by climbing to the top of the new Rome Italy Temple site and visiting with refugees at the Piraeus refugee camp.
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By  LDS Living
July 25, 2016 04:00 AM MDT
After moving to a new country, Chantal and her family found just how valuable mentors can be.
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July 23, 2016 02:59 PM MDT
The plane glided above the peaceful green islands below. I looked out of the window in awe. Surely we were headed for paradise! One month earlier, my mission president had informed me that I would be sent to serve in a Vietnamese refugee camp on Palawan, an island between Vietnam and the Philippines. My companion had come from one of the refugee camps in Thailand, where she had been serving with twelve other LDS lady missionaries. She was strong, reliable, and full of charity. I remembered my introduction to her at the airport. I had heard that lady missionaries sent to the refugee camps ran the risk of losing their missionary discipline, and I was almost certain that she had. I feared that my new assignment would cause me to lose mine.
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July 12, 2016 07:53 PM MDT
It's hard to imagine wearing anything more than short sleeves and shorts during the middle of summer in Utah. But the Centerville South Stake is already gathering winter coats, sweaters, and hats for refugees who may not have any for when the weather gets colder.
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July 06, 2016 07:58 PM MDT
Members of the New York, New York Stake along with 900 interfaith volunteers helped donated 7,500 hygiene kits to refugees on Saturday, June 5.
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By  LDS Living
June 30, 2016 07:40 PM MDT
Every story matters—that is the idea one Utah charity is trying to share with the world.
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June 28, 2016 12:06 PM MDT
One LDS Boy Scout troop has taken the First Presidency's charge and the Relief Society's "I Was a Stranger" initiative to heart. Troop 411 in Phoenix, Arizona, teamed up with the International Rescue Committee to build and donate bikes for refugees.
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June 24, 2016 04:16 PM MDT
Imagine being forced from your home, leaving everything behind, fleeing your country with thousands of others only to live in a refugee camp. The 8,500 people living at the Mugombwa refugee camp in the Southern Province of Rwanda don't have to image what that would be like; it's already happened to them.
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June 20, 2016 05:56 PM MDT
Today is World Refugee Day, during which we pause to consider the upended lives of some 60 million people around the world. These refugees—half of whom are children—have fled war-ravaged areas, leaving behind familiar schools, jobs, and homes to enter foreign countries, many with only the clothes they are wearing.
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June 16, 2016 04:00 PM MDT
Purses full of hygiene items don't fit the typical donation drive items.
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Fun
June 02, 2016 03:20 PM MDT
"It is our hope that you will prayerfully determine what you can do—according to your own time and circumstances—to serve the refugees living in your neighborhoods and communities," Linda K. Burton, general Relief Society president, said in the women's session of general conference. And Latter-day Saints have stepped up to accept the challenge!
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May 31, 2016 06:00 PM MDT
JoAnn Severson knows what's it's like to be busy. With six kids, many of whom are teenagers, Severson's schedule can be a little unpredictable.
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May 27, 2016 07:49 PM MDT
Ten years ago, Melanie Herrmann had an idea that would be crazy to say out loud at the time.
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