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Summarized by Kent Larsen

New LDS Groups Seek Volunteers at Conference

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Two new LDS groups are seeking volunteers during this weekend's General Conference, according to an article in the Deseret News. The groups are looking to make connections and promote their missions in meetings held in the LDS Church's Joseph Smith Memorial Building (formerly Hotel Utah) in Salt Lake in the days before and after General Conference. provides a collection of articles, conference talks and other materials on mental health for assisting Church members and their therapists with mental health issues, while Unitus is trying to become a clearing house for information on humanitarian efforts in the Third World, especially those efforts run by LDS Church members or that are compatible with LDS beliefs. is the website of the Hidden Treasures Institute, a two-year-old nonprofit organization founded by Ogden, Utah psychologist Rick Hawks to provide information on how to deal with a host of mental health issues, including various addictions, bipolar disease, depression, etc. The group has already collected many sermons, professional papers, pamphlets and books, creating a clearinghouse for professional social and emotional materials. They have also made many of these materials available on their new Internet website.

Hawks says the site is needed because religious belief and practice has historically been frowned on by psychologists, making it difficult for LDS Church members, as well as members of other religions, to find psychologists who respect their beliefs. This same dilemna led to the formation of the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists (AMCAP) 25 years ago. That group meets semi-annually at General Conference time, including yesterday and today in the LDS Church's Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

The other organization, Unitus, is much newer, holding its first meeting on Tuesday, October 10th in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. It is trying to assist the many small humanitarian groups formed by LDS Church members in recent years by helping them share information, resources and volunteers. Representatives of many of the groups will be at Tuesday's meeting.

However, Unitas spokesman Mike Murray says that the group will focus on those providing assistance to the Third World, because of the tendency to simply give handouts instead of finding long-term solutions to problems. Unitas also plans to meet semi annually at Conference time.


2 groups try to Net 'helpers'
Deseret News 5Oct00 P4
By Carrie A. Moore: Deseret News religion editor
LDS volunteers plot how to reach those in need


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