Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

in Iowa, Western Illinois, and Northern Missouri

To learn more about members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Iowa and surrounding areas, click on a tab above to explore this site, or read some of the blog posts below. 

April 7, 2018

Weekends are busy, even precious, and always too short.  But for more than 100 women and teens in eastern Iowa, one recent Saturday became a precious opportunity to make someone else’s life a little better. These women gathered for an afternoon in Cedar Rapids to support local non-profit organizations in a variety of ways. 

Participants donated and assembled supplies for 100 Bags of Hope for Waypoint clients who are homeless or facing homelessness. Additional food and...

March 25, 2018

March can be a wonderful time of year, especially for women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  March is when they celebrate the origins of their global organization known as Relief Society. The small group of Relief Society "sisters" in Fairfield, IA,  wanted to celebrate the 2018 anniversary by collecting 100 dresses to be donated to a nearby women's shelter that helps women get back on their feet. They based their goal on the children's story...

October 10, 2017

 The call went out from the American Red Cross to help manage shelters in and around Houston, TX, after Hurricane Harvey.  I had a break from my medical studies at the University of Iowa and decided to use it to help.  However, the Red Cross was unable to process volunteers fast enough, and so I turned to, where I found opportunities to serve with Mormon Helping Hands instead.  Knowing that meant I would be on my own for lodging and food,...

July 18, 2017

 Mormon teens from the Des Moines metro area plus surrounding towns like Osceola, Lennox, Creston, Indianola, and Knoxville, met up in Murray, IA on June 27th for a three-day handcart trek along portions of the Mormon Trail. The goal was to celebrate their shared religious heritage by walking a few miles in the shoes of those who blazed a trail to the West. 

 All of the participants were divided into groups of 8-10 youth with two adult supervisors to serve as...

July 6, 2017

For the second year, young women from the Cedar Rapids stake enjoyed an afternoon of service at the Iowa Gardening For Good farm near Madrid, IA. The farm uses volunteer labor to produce tens of thousands of pounds of fresh food for the Food Bank of Iowa, meaning needy people have access to healthier food. 

This year, the LDS teens weeded and replanted pepper plants and thinned rows and rows of carrots. The carrots had become rather overgrown with weeds, and so the process...

June 26, 2017

When Mormon pioneers traveled across Iowa in various waves between 1846 and 1868, they encountered cold, heat, snow, rain, mud, and a host of other challenges depending on when they traveled and how.  Many walked, pulling handcarts with all of their belongings, because they could not afford to buy wagons. When about 70 teenagers and 35 adult leaders set out in June 2017 to reenact a handcart trek in southeastern Iowa, they did not know how hard it might be or what they wou...

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