The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement on Monday, November 6, 2023.
In line with its stated aim to provide humanitarian assistance around the world, including areas of conflict, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is collaborating with multiple international relief agencies in Gaza and Israel. The Church is devoting significant financial resources for critical medical and mental health care, among other needs, to help alleviate suffering wherever it is found.
In early October, the paramilitary force Hamas launched a terrorist attack on the people of Israel, leading to a state of war and retaliation. Thousands of Gazans have fled as Israeli troops have poured into the region.
At the time, the First Presidency called for peace, stating:
We are devastated by the recent eruption of violence and loss of life in the Middle East. Violence of this nature is abhorrent to us and is not in harmony with the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is a gospel of peace. At such times, our hearts ache for all victims of this atrocity.
As servants of God, we affirm that He calls upon all of us to love our neighbors as ourselves, and we pray for a peaceful resolution of all conflicts.
The statement also pointed readers to President Russell M. Nelson’s General Conference talk, “Peacemakers Needed.”
The talk urges all people to become peacemakers and to choose reconciliation over contention. He said, “Make no mistake about it: contention is evil!”
President Nelson continued, saying, “The Savior’s message is clear: His true disciples build, lift, encourage, persuade, and inspire—no matter how difficult the situation. True disciples of Jesus Christ are peacemakers.”
In 2022, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had over $1 billion in humanitarian aid expenditures and clocked more than 6.3 million volunteer hours with projects in 190 countries and territories.