May 14 Pioneers in Every Land Lecture to Focus on Humanitarian Work

  • May 14, 2015
Date
May 14, 2015
Location
Assembly Hall on Temple Square

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Article Highlights

  • The LDS Church History Library hosts a Pioneers in Every Land lecture on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.
  • The presenter will be Sharon Eubank, worldwide director of LDS Charities.

The LDS Church History Library hosts a Pioneers in Every Land lecture titled “That They Might Not Suffer” on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. The presenter will be Sharon Eubank, worldwide director of LDS Charities, the humanitarian organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This event is free and open to the public.

In January of 1985, President Spencer W. Kimball sent a letter to all the wards and branches in the Church encouraging members to fast and contribute to the relief of people suffering from drought and starvation in the Horn of Africa. Church members responded from their hearts. In time, partnerships with the International Red Cross, Catholic Relief Services, CARE, and other experienced agencies helped establish the foundation for LDS Charities, the humanitarian arm of the Church. Now celebrating LDS Charities’ 30th anniversary, Sharon Eubank describes the evolution of caring for the poor and needy on a global scale and what members can do to help wherever they live.

Sharon Eubank received a bachelor's degree in English from Brigham Young University and served as a full-time missionary for the Church in the Finland Helsinki Mission. Her career includes teaching at the Language Education Institute in Japan, working as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate for four years, and owning a retail education store in Provo, Utah.

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Since 1998 she has been employed by the Church in the Welfare Department. She helped to establish 17 international LDS employment offices in Africa and Europe. For five years she directed the humanitarian wheelchair program. In 2008 Sharon became regional director of the LDS Charities for the Middle East Africa North Area. She also served on the Relief Society general board during Sister Julie B. Beck’s administration. Currently, Sharon is the worldwide director of LDS Charities.

This free lecture is part of the 2015 Pioneers in Every Land Lecture Series sponsored by the Church History Library. Lectures are held the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, 50 North West Temple Street. Limited free parking is provided at the Conference Center for those attending this event. Parking may fill quickly and is not guaranteed. As an alternative to parking downtown, attendees are encouraged to use the UTA transit system.

Lecture highlights from the Pioneers in Every Land series can be found on the Church History pages of LDS.org.