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Young Women Reach Out to Children in Local Hospital

A group of young women from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently brought food and friendship to more than 50 sick children, parents and staff members at the local children’s hospital in Jamestown, Accra, Ghana.

Finding an opportunity to serve those in need in the community, the girls and many of their parents met on a Saturday morning to prepare rice, chicken, bananas and drinks for the young hospital patients and their caregivers.

Angelina Michael, an adult leader in the Young Women organization in the Church’s Jamestown Branch (a branch is a small congregation of Latter-day Saints), said the young women focused on the topic of “becoming more Christlike” during October.  

“In trying to determine a service project, I let the girls come up with the ideas and pick what we would do,” Michael said. “The girls put the needs of others above their own that morning as they prepared the lunch, walked to the hospital and delivered the containers of food to the children.”

Serving others is just one of the aspects emphasized in the Young Women program of the Church, which provides instruction, encouragement and support in living the gospel of Jesus Christ for teenage female Church members ages 12 through 17. Its purpose is to help young women build their faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, understand their identities as daughters of God, obey God’s commandments and feel and recognize His guidance in their lives.

“I am impressed with how the young women in Jamestown Branch have developed many Christlike attributes,” Michael added. “Through our recent experience at the children’s hospital, the girls have come to understand that part of our responsibility on this earth requires us to help fill other persons’ needs, whenever possible.”  



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