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WESTERN SAMOA

LATTER-DAY SAINTS CHURCH DONATES AWARD TO THE  LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was recognized recently by the Government of Samoa for its "Beautiful Samoa" Awards. This Award is given as part of a campaign that  aims to stave off illness and disease and protect the nation’s natural environment.

The scrupulously maintained Pesega campus of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was recognized for its example of beauty and cleanliness.

 

Honourable Leota Laki Lamositele, Minister of Women, Community and Social Development, hosted an awards ceremony on Thursday, 16th  June 2022, as part of the nation’s “Beautiful Samoa” campaign.

Muagututia H. Jason Joseph, president of the Apia Samoa Central Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, represented the Church at the ceremony, receiving a certificate and donation from the “Beautiful Samoa” organizers.

President Joseph said: “The Church supports government initiatives and has been involved in many projects to clean the town and local communities.”

On Wednesday, 29 June 2022, President Joseph and his wife Sally Joseph, along with President Denny Fa’alogo, leader of the Apia Samoa Stake, and his wife, Alexandra Fa’alogo, met with “The Little Sisters of the Poor” in Samoa to pass on to the charity the donation received at the “Beautiful Samoa” ceremony earlier in the month.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not retain donations, grants or other funds from governments. This policy led local leaders to identify a worthy charity to which the donation could be given.

Samoa is ramping up its campaign to beautify the nation as it prepares to open its borders to visitors on 1st August 2022. Borders have been closed for two years, due to COVID restrictions.

The Little Sisters greatly appreciate this gesture and also the solidarity and ever ready assistance of the Church of Jesus Chist of Latter-day Saints.