News Release

100,000 Mormons on Helping Hands Day

On Saturday, August 18, 2012 approximately 100,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, traditionally known as The Mormons, are expected to participate in the All Africa Mormon Helping Hands Day. Members of the church from congregations across the continent, with their friends, will participate in multiple areas of community service providing approximately 300,000 hours of service on that day. Some of the areas of service include city and park cleanup and beautification, assistance at orphanages and schools, repairs and improvements at senior and rehabilitation centers, residential home repairs, disaster cleanup and support, and general community service.

When asked why they do such a tremendous work and service for communities and people, they said, “We do this because we are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We believe in Jesus Christ, and we follow His example of love and service to those who may not be able do it for themselves.”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been in South Africa since the early part of 1853. From the inception of the church, it has been a church of love and service with its entire basis on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, His church, and good works.  Today there approximately 360,000 members of the church here, with 1000’s of new convert baptisms every year. Missionaries now serve in many parts of the world from the membership here.

The church also participates in many humanitarian efforts. Wheel chair distributions, childhood immunizations, vision and dental care, neo-natal resuscitation, clean water projects, and sewage treatment are some of the areas served. In conjunction with the Red Cross and other organizations, the church also participates in millions of dollars of aid every year for victims of natural disasters, famines, and droughts with emergency care items.

For the 2012 Mormon Helping Hands Day, many of the congregations of the Church have selected their projects. Additional ideas or suggestions for projects may be submitted to the Church Public Affairs Dept at 083 523 8839 or email to:, or by calling the Mission Office in Cape Town at 021-531-4372, Johannesburg Office at 011-758-6650 , the Durban Office 031-267-0250

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