Tag Archives: natural disasters

Coordinated Response by the Thousands for Hurricane Ida Victims

Coordinated Response by the Thousands for Hurricane Ida Victims

Hurricane Ida came ashore the Louisiana coast on August 29, 2021, with sustained winds up to 150 mph, downing trees, crushing homes and causing power outages for more than a million people. Yet, by week’s end, thousands of volunteers from throughout the region, including Helping Hands from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, were in place and helping …

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The Church of Jesus Christ Responds to Earthquake in Haiti

The Church of Jesus Christ Responds to Earthquake in Haiti

On the morning of Saturday, August 14, 2021, at 8:30 a.m., an earthquake of magnitude 7.2 struck the southern part of Haiti. Local leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints assessed the situation of members, missionaries, Church buildings, and the community following the devastating earthquake that to date has claimed the lives of more than 1,200 people …

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Church Responds to Unprecedented Flooding in Europe

Church Responds to Unprecedented Flooding in Europe

Extensive flooding has left a trail of destruction in parts of Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. Many have lost their lives or their livelihood. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has congregations in the areas affected by the disaster and is encouraging its members to lend a helping hand. “Our hearts and prayers are with those …

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Latter-day Saints Evacuated and Safe in Saint Vincent as Volcano Erupts

Latter-day Saints Evacuated and Safe in Saint Vincent as Volcano Erupts

On Thursday, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves declared a disaster alert prompted by a change in the eruptive activity at the La Soufrière volcano, according to the country’s National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO). This morning, the volcano erupted. Citizens in the North region of the island including members of The Church of Jesus Christ of …

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Torrential Rain Causes Flooding in Laie, Hawaii

Torrential Rain Causes Flooding in Laie, Hawaii

Torrential rainfall moved through the state of Hawaii on March 8–9, 2021, causing flooding across much of Windward and North Shore Oahu, including the town of Laie, home to the Polynesian Cultural Center, Brigham Young University–Hawaii, and the Laie Hawaii Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. According to a statement released by R. Eric Beaver, president …

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Church Reports on Aid Following Winter Storm in Texas

Church Reports on Aid Following Winter Storm in Texas

Latter-day Saints in communities across Texas are serving their neighbors after a massive winter storm with record snow, ice and cold hit the state last week, leaving millions of people without food, water, and power. The record cold temperatures also led to broken water pipes and flooded homes and businesses. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has sent …

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Church’s Helping Hands Program Provides Relief in Louisiana

Church's Helping Hands Program Provides Relief in Louisiana

A news release provided by the Church details how the Helping Hands program is helping provide relief in Louisana. More than 10 days after Hurricane Laura hit the Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm, power remains out in many places, and debris is scattered throughout the region. “When I pulled into the driveway, I started crying. There were trees …

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Angel Moroni Damaged on Salt Lake Temple After Earthquake

Angel Moroni Damaged on Salt Lake Temple After Earthquake

UPDATE 9:40am: Daniel Woodruff, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, released the following statement Wednesday morning to media: The Salt Lake Temple, which is undergoing a seismic upgrade, sustained minor damage during Wednesday morning’s earthquake. The trumpet on the Angel Moroni statue fell off, and there is minor displacement of some of the temple’s smaller …

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Elder Quentin L. Cook Ministers in Philippines After Volcanic Eruption

After the eruption of the Taal Volcano, located about 35 miles south of Manila, Elder Quentin L. Cook has turned the focus of his visit to the Philippines to ministering. The volcano, which erupted for the first time in 43 years on January 12, 2020, created a large plume of dangerous ash, steam, and rocks. Elder Cook, an apostle of …

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Latter-day Saints Provide Assistance Following Puerto Rico Earthquakes

Latter-day Saints Provide Assistance Following Puerto Rico Earthquakes

Latter-day Saints in Puerto Rico are providing support to their neighbors after earthquakes hit the country, including a major 6.4-magnitude temblor that struck the island early Tuesday morning. The national director of communication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Puerto Rico, Herminio Gómez, reported that all Church members and missionaries are safe. Latter-day Saint leaders are …

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