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Church Leaders Express Sympathy, Offer Support after Earthquake in Morocco

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In response to the devastating earthquake that struck the Kingdom of Morocco on the night of September 8, 2023, the Middle East/Africa North Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement, with condolences for and solidarity with the people of Morocco:

“It’s with great sadness that we learned of the tragic consequences of the earthquake that hit the Kingdom of Morocco. On behalf of the members and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we extend our heartfelt condolences to His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the government and all the people of Morocco. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and individuals who are grieving during this challenging time.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world, including those in Africa and the Middle East, are joining in prayer for those involved in rescue efforts and for the swift recovery of those injured in the earthquake.

We stand ready to assist the Moroccan government in any way possible. Currently, the Church is actively working with relief organizations to provide assistance and support to the affected region.”

Elder Anthony D. Perkins
Elder Adilson de Paula Parrella
Elder Roland J. Bäck

Middle East/Africa North Area Presidency
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Though the death toll continues to climb, at least 2,681 have been killed with over 2,500 injured. International search and rescue teams have been deployed from both Spain and Britain to help with the rescue and recovery efforts. Currently, Spain and Britain are the only two countries that Morocco has officially accepted aid from, though many others have offered, including the United States. 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not currently have a strong presence in Morocco with no branches or wards in the country. 

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