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‘World Report’ rundown: Global highlights from the Oct. 2021 edition

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The October 2021 edition of the World Report, the biannual compilation of news from the Church, is now available to watch on YouTube and will also air this weekend on BYUtv and KSL TV. Among other stories, the report details events highlighting the global influence of the faith. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the program’s international highlights.

Church Provides Aid for Global COVID-19 Response

  • In Belize, over 100,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered by UNICEF USA. Latter-day Saint Charities has donated $20 million to the organization, which aims to provide an equitable distribution of vaccines to communities around the world. The ultimate goal is to deliver nearly 1.5 billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to at-risk populations in more than 180 countries.
  • In India, the Church has joined forces with humanitarian organizations and local governments to provide oxygen concentrators, ventilators, and other medical equipment to ease difficulties for frontline health care workers, patients, and displaced migrants.
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A woman receives a COVID-19 vaccine in India
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  • In Brazil, the Church provided $5.8 million worth of oxygen and other medical supplies to hospitals throughout the Amazon region. Local Church leaders also met with the mayor of Salvador and donated enough food to feed roughly one million Brazilians in need.
  • In Paraguay, the Church teamed up with interfaith and government organizations to donate medical supplies, shipping containers, and tents that now serve as mobile vaccination centers and pharmacies.
  • In Panama, First Lady Yazmin Colon de Cortizo helped formally deliver Church-donated medical supplies to aid the country’s frontline health workers and patients with COVID-19.

Church Leaders Address International Organizations and Host World Government and Religious Leaders

  • In May, the Church hosted a delegation of government leaders from Sudan to meet with senior leaders of the Church, including the First Presidency and the Relief Society General Presidency.
  • Also in May, the head of the Inter-Religious Council of Ethiopia visited Salt Lake City to meet with the First Presidency.
  • In July, the First Presidency of the Church welcomed His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America during his visit to Salt Lake City.
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    President Nelson greets His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
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  • In September, Elder Ronald A. Rasband and Sister Sharon Eubank addressed the G20 Interfaith Forum, held in Bologna Italy. Elder Rasband spoke about religious freedom, and Sister Eubank, president of Latter-day Saint Charities, spoke about world hunger, poverty, and sustainability. The theme of this year’s conference was “Time to Heal,” and more than 700 people from around the world attended, in an effort to find solutions for world challenges.

Church Provides Aid for Global Refugees Immigrating to North America

In cities in the United States, Church members, missionaries, and volunteers have been welcoming and serving immigrants from around the globe.

  • In places like Las Vegas, the Church’s free self-reliance courses are helping immigrants get on their feet.
  • In Mesa, Arizona, missionaries are teaching English classes to help migrants better integrate into their new communities.
  • In Houston, Texas, the Church has joined with other service organizations to offer short-term shelter, food, and other assistance for busloads of migrant families coming across the US–Mexico border.

Other Stories

Watch the World Report to learn more about these stories and many others, including updates on:

  • The record number of temples being announced, constructed, and remodeled
  • Progress on the fourth series of the Book of Mormon Video series
  • Plans for the Hill Cumorah now that the pageant has been

The World Report is available to watch now on Newsroom and YouTube.

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