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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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Pacific Area Presidency Announces Fast as Fires Devastate Australia

Pacific Area Presidency Announces Fast as Fires Devastate Australia

Since Australia’s fire season began in September 2019, the country has been devastated by massive blazes caused by drought, heat, wind, and dry lightning. More than 14 million acres have burned, resulting in the loss of over 1,400 homes and 17 tragic deaths. In response to the situation, the Pacific Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day …

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President Nelson Ministers to Wildfire Victims After Personal Tragedy

President Nelson Ministers to Wildfire Victims After Personal Tragedy

Just two days after his daughter Wendy Nelson Maxfield, 67, died of cancer, President Russell M. Nelson traveled to California to minister to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who lost everything in the deadliest wildfire in state history. “We mourn the loss of our second daughter,” said President Nelson in a media interview Sunday, noting …

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Church Helps Provide Comfort and Aid to California Fire Victims

Church Helps Provide Comfort and Aid to California Fire Victims

In the aftermath of the deadliest fire in California history, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are reaching out to those who need help. Several hundred people gathered Saturday morning at a warehouse in Oroville, California, to fill 5,000 food boxes for victims of the Camp Fire. That fire heavily damaged the town of Paradise and …

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Latter-day Saint Chapel Destroyed, Members Displaced in Catastrophic California Wildfires

Latter-day Saint Chapel Destroyed, Members Displaced in Catastrophic California Wildfires

A Latter-day Saint meetinghouse in Paradise, California, has been destroyed and many members have been severely affected as massive wildfires continue to decimate the town. The meetinghouse was located on Buschmann Road. According to the latest reports, over 2,000 structures have been destroyed in the area and are threatening another 15,000.  At least five residents have died. Most Latter-day Saints living …

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President Oaks, Other Leaders Visit Hurricane Survivors

President Oaks, Other Leaders Visit Hurricane Survivors

Senior leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spent the weekend visiting and comforting victims of recent hurricanes on the east coast of the United States. President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, and his wife, Kristen, led the delegation on visits to North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida, the areas hardest hit by …

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Latter-day Saints in North Carolina Serve Neighbors Following Hurricane Florence

Latter-day Saints in North Carolina Serve Neighbors Following Hurricane Florence

Latter-day Saint volunteers from more than 30 congregations in North Carolina came together over the weekend to help clean up neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Florence, which hit the southeastern United States in mid-September. Many homes in the region are still inundated by floodwaters from record-breaking swollen rivers. “We’re trying to wait for the water to go down enough,” said Barbara Brooks, …

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Cleanup Efforts Underway in Asia Following Typhoon Mangkhut

Cleanup Efforts Underway in Asia Following Typhoon Mangkhut

Damage assessments are underway in the Philippines and Hong Kong following Super Typhoon Mangkhut, the category 5 storm that hit Asia over the weekend. The typhoon, known as Typhoon Ompong in the Philippines, packed destructive winds and torrential rain as it cut across northern Luzon. Dozens of people lost their lives after heavy rains triggered landslides. Thirty-eight Latter-day Saint chapels …

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Typhoon Mangkhut Strikes the Philippines, Church Responds

Typhoon Mangkhut Strikes the Philippines, Church Responds

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued the following statement regarding Typhoon Mangkhut: Church leaders have been in contact with mission, stake and district leaders in the path of Typhoon Mangkhut, urging them to take all necessary precautions to prepare those in their care for the storm. Many Church buildings in the path of the typhoon are …

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