Category Archives: Humanitarian Work

Cecilia Samuel Paul, LDS Pioneer in Eket, Nigeria

In 1984 Mary Ellen Edmunds and I went on a grand adventure.  We went to live in a village called Eket in Cross River State (which is now in the Ikwa Ibom State), Nigeria.  We were sent by the Thrasher … Continue reading

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A Special Visitor–Mary Ellen Edmunds!

Today my dearest friend, companion and mentor, Mary Ellen Edmunds passed through town with our friend, Leanne.  They stopped at the Mission Home for an hour or so and we had a sweet reunion.  Mary Ellen and I worked together … Continue reading

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Ann Laemmlen and Mary Ellen Edmunds in Nigeria: Our report to headquarters 27 October 1984

From 1984-1987 I lived in Eket, Nigeria.  Mary Ellen Edmunds and I were sent to direct a child health project for the Thrasher Research Fund in Salt Lake City.  I recently found this report we sent to headquarters not long … Continue reading

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A Vaccine for Malaria?

I have an app on my phone that shows me news headlines from all the major newspapers each day.  Sometimes at night, when I’m in bed waiting to go to sleep, I check to see what’s happening out there in … Continue reading

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Same Difference by Ann Laemmlen

Here’s an article I wrote back in 1989 after spending 3 years in Nigeria doing humanitarian work in a village called Eket:

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If we look the other way

Having charity and caring for one another is not simply a good idea. It is not simply one more in a seemingly infinite list of things we ought to consider doing. It is the core of the gospel—an indispensable, essential, … Continue reading

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“Let it not be said that I was silent when they needed me.” William Wilberforce b. 29 July 1833

Several years ago while entering family names into my family history data base, I came across an interesting name:  William Wilberforce Fowles, b. 9 Jan 1840 in Pershore, Worcester, England.  I remember wondering about his name as I entered it … Continue reading

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