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LDS women leaders participate in international conference

By Genelle Pugmire daily Herald - | Feb 10, 2018
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Sister Jean B. Bingham, general president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaks at World Women's Interfaith Conference on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

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Sister Joy Jones, general president of the Primary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaks during World Women's Interfaith Conference on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Wales. It was the beginning of a 10-day European tour.  Courtesy LDS Church. 

Two top woman leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — Sister Jean B. Bingham and Sister Joy D. Jones — began a 10-day trip to Europe by attending the World Women’s Interfaith Conference on Friday, Feb. 9, in Newport, Wales.

According to an LDS Church press release, local and international women’s leaders from Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, and Christian communities gathered to engage in dialogue about “Living faithfully in an increasingly secular world.”

“Speakers at the ‘World Women’s Interfaith Conference’ offered personal experience on how their religious conviction has helped them navigate life in a positive way,” the release said.

“When we unite together as women of faith, we not only strengthen the relationship between religions, but individual lives are touched as we reach out to those in need,” said Bingham, general president of the LDS Church’s Relief Society in front of over 300 attendees.

The Relief Society is one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the world.

Bingham was accompanied by Jones, general president of the Primary for the LDS Church. The Primary presidency oversees the church’s organization that teaches children ages 18 months to 11 years.

“At this time of religious misunderstanding, it’s refreshing to meet with like-minded women who focus on sharing our common values and have a desire to benefit communities,” said Amanda Morris, Muslim Council of Wales, about her participation in the conference in the press release.

As part of the conference, those in attendance had the opportunity to participate in a service project benefiting Samara’s Aid Appeal. One hundred bags for women and girls were assembled from donations gathered beforehand.

“One hundred percent of everything used for the service project has been donated for the benefit of Samara’s Aid,” said Julie Jones, member of the Wales Interfaith Council and event coordinator. “Working together for a good cause, side by side, brings women of all faiths together in a special way.”

Samara’s Aid Appeal is an initiative based in the United Kingdom and provides humanitarian aid in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Bingham and Jones will continue their trip by visiting with congregations to lend counsel and encouragement to Mormons in several European countries.

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