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Church Update on Response to Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (Mormon)
LDS Newsroom ^ | March 14, 2011 | Press Release

Posted on 03/15/2011 10:46:10 AM PDT by greyfoxx39

Church Update on Response to Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

14 March 2011 — Salt Lake City

News Release

As the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami continues to unfold, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is assessing how it will best provide relief. News reports indicate that the death toll from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan is nearing 3,000 and will likely continue to rise. The majority of casualties in Japan are expected to be from the tsunami rather than the earthquake. Tens of thousands more are homeless and millions are without power. The government of Japan has mobilized thousands of troops, planes and ships for a large-scale emergency response operation.

The Church’s First Presidency made the following statement regarding the disaster:

We express our love and support to the people of Japan as they deal with this terrible tragedy. Our prayers, and the prayers of millions of Latter-day Saints across the world, are with them as they begin to recover from this disaster.

Relief Aid
Communication and transportation is difficult in the most affected areas, but local Church leaders are currently discussing with government and humanitarian organizations ways to provide assistance.

It is likely Church members have been directly impacted by the quake, and local Church leaders are working tirelessly to account for them. Approximately 95% of the Latter-day Saints in the affected areas have been contacted, and initial reports indicate there are no confirmed deaths; however, there is limited information on the status of members from the most devastated areas.

Church Buildings
The Church has received several inquiries regarding the condition of its temple in Tokyo and can confirm that there is no significant damage to the building.  While we know that some buildings have sustained varying degrees of damage, Church leaders in the affected areas are assessing the condition of other Church buildings.



TOPICS: General Discusssion; Ministry/Outreach; Other non-Christian
KEYWORDS: humanitarianaid; lds; mormon; tsunami
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1 posted on 03/15/2011 10:46:18 AM PDT by greyfoxx39
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To: Colofornian; Elsie; FastCoyote; svcw; Zakeet; SkyPilot; rightazrain; Tennessee Nana; ...

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2 posted on 03/15/2011 10:48:22 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 ("Take a look around this country. Outside the Beltway, we are all Jews now." Stuart Schwartz)
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To: greyfoxx39
While they are still assessing, Christians are already on the ground helping with relief effort.
3 posted on 03/15/2011 10:48:59 AM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: greyfoxx39
Glad to know they care only about their own members and church buildings.......

What a bunch of self centered creeps.

4 posted on 03/15/2011 10:51:44 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Just saying.......)
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To: greyfoxx39
Glad to see they are concerned for their buildings, while the place around them crumbles.
Glad to see they are in contact with their people who are checking buildings, instead of helping the community these buildings are in.
But the important things first - buildings.
5 posted on 03/15/2011 10:51:56 AM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: svcw

Exactly. They have to protect the money.....


6 posted on 03/15/2011 10:55:02 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Just saying.......)
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To: greyfoxx39
Are these non damaged buildings being opened for the homeless?
Are the kitchens in these building fixing food for the hungry?
Are the storage rooms being opened to distribute clothing to the freezing?
Well, at least the buildings are safe.
7 posted on 03/15/2011 10:55:07 AM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: greyfoxx39

World Vision - Japan:

http://www.worldvision.jp/english/


8 posted on 03/15/2011 11:01:08 AM PDT by cruise_missile
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To: svcw; greyfoxx39

All the while Mission to the World (PCA) is on the ground delivering food and water. Samaritan’s Purse is loading a 747 full of food and emergency supplies. (Probably already enroute)

Both are caring for the physical needs of all who show up. LDS response? Well, sounds like an Amway response.


9 posted on 03/15/2011 11:02:35 AM PDT by Gamecock (The resurrection of Jesus Christ is both historically credible and existentially satisfying. T.K.)
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To: greyfoxx39
Japan Quake Fulfills Mormon Prophecy

http://spamlds.socialgo.com/magazine/read/japanese-quake-fulfills-mormon-prophecies_230.html

10 posted on 03/15/2011 11:03:02 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Just saying.......)
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To: Gamecock
Both groups were there with in days, not assessing their buildings.
11 posted on 03/15/2011 11:06:28 AM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: dragonblustar

Hat tip to T Minus Four, for providing me of that link.


12 posted on 03/15/2011 11:06:34 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Just saying.......)
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To: svcw

So what are you doing to help the people of Japan? Any people? Even members of your own faith whatever it is?


13 posted on 03/15/2011 11:07:17 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: dragonblustar
This is interesting from the rag: Certainly in the days to come, the Church will announce its humanitarian aid efforts. It would be a wonderful gesture for us members to put in a little extra into our donations to the humanitarian relief fund.

"certainly", These defenders of mormonISM do not even know if lds is going to help, but they didn't forget to ask for more money on Sunday morning.

It truly is a laugh out loud that these defenders of mormonISM believe that an earth quake on the Pacific Rim is a completion of JS prophesy.

The Pacific Rim has around 2000 quakes a year, even I could professes one. In fact I think I will. I say that within ten days, there will be another earth quake on the Pacific Rim.

14 posted on 03/15/2011 11:14:02 AM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: Vigilanteman

You mean besides prayer, financial help for the groups who are going and the groups that are already there. Nothing.


15 posted on 03/15/2011 11:15:50 AM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: Vigilanteman; svcw
So what are you doing to help the people of Japan? Any people? Even members of your own faith whatever it is?

You know, I could ask you this same exact Q. (And then somebody could ask me the same Q; and then somebody could come along & ask that person that same Q...and where would it stop?)

SVCW's faith is Christian...are you trying to tell us that Christians haven't yet responded to what's happened in Japan & are still in the "assessment" stage?

But do tell us, Vigilanteman, what your own faith members are doing since you ask the Q.

16 posted on 03/15/2011 11:16:00 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Vigilanteman

However, your post question does not answer the questions I asked in post 7.
What are those answers?


17 posted on 03/15/2011 11:17:28 AM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: svcw; dragonblustar
From what the Mormon church thought 'twas important to tell the world in a press release: The Church’s First Presidency made the following statement regarding the disaster: ...local Church leaders are currently discussing with government and humanitarian organizations ways to provide assistance.

(You would think that "local" leaders would be in a more poised position to be a neighbor/Good Samaritan)

Continuing from the press release: ...all of its missionaries serving in Japan are accounted for and mission leaders are taking precautions to ensure that missionaries remain safe. All missionaries are a safe distance from damaged nuclear plants. It is likely Church members have been directly impacted by the quake, and local Church leaders are working tirelessly to account for them.

Wait a minute. People, especially NON-Mormons, are dying in need of rescue and in need of water. And what are local Lds church leaders in Japan doing? Why, they are being Good Samaritans to only those who wear a Mormon badge? Really?

And then they spend two graphs talking about church buildings.

We can see where their priorities are:
(1) Mormon missionaries
(2) Mormon members
(3) Mormon buildings
(4) See 1, 2, & 3

18 posted on 03/15/2011 11:23:47 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian
Color your list is incorrect, sorry.

We can see where their priorities are:

(1) Mormon missionaries

(2) Mormon members

(3) Mormon buildings

(4) See 1, 2, & 3

It should be:

1. temples

2. buildings

3. members

4. recheck buildings

19 posted on 03/15/2011 11:28:04 AM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: svcw

The LDS is as shameful now as they were with the Haiti quake.

Why don’t they sell the Churches farmland holdings in Brazil and give to the poor?

All the Mormon church does is build its wealth.


20 posted on 03/15/2011 11:29:27 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Just saying.......)
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To: dragonblustar; svcw

I would like to add to your statement. The lds partnered with muslims to send aid to Haiti, which arrived after Christian groups had been on the ground for weeks and are still there. And yes the lds concern first was were the buildings damaged, then they worried about their members.


21 posted on 03/15/2011 11:33:13 AM PDT by roylene (Salvation the great Gift of Grace.)
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To: Paragon Defender
Since you will show up soon with your pre-written saved pages, please add my name to SPAM and FRAM.

I was sad to see my name was not there.

Just to make it clear. I do not hate Mormons, I loath MormonISM.

22 posted on 03/15/2011 11:37:08 AM PDT by roylene (Salvation the great Gift of Grace.)
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To: dragonblustar

Good questions. I think the lds hooked up with muslims in Haiti.
lds sure spends a lot of energy courting muslims.


23 posted on 03/15/2011 11:39:33 AM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: roylene

24 posted on 03/15/2011 11:45:09 AM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: dragonblustar; greyfoxx39

***Japan Quake Fulfills Mormon Prophecy***

That is like THE AMAZING CRISWELL’s first prediction which came true!
As a child he looked out the window and saw it raining. He predicted.....”THE RAIN WILL STOP”. A little later it did.

Build on a fault line and you will eventually have an earthquake. No prediction necessary.


25 posted on 03/15/2011 11:50:04 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Visit the TOMMY FRANKS MILITARY MUSEUM in HOBART, OK. I did, well worth it!)
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To: Gamecock
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NOTE: This is the VALUE of aid given NOT necessarily the actual dollar amount. LDS members individually donate above tithing to a humanitarian account and hygiene kits sent to disaster sites are generally assembled by wards from material donations by members and then sent to SLC for distribution.

From the "Humanitarian Services" website, HERE

"Current Needs

As the Church responds to humanitarian needs worldwide, the need for specific types of donations varies.

Currently, the items listed below would be most beneficial:

Updated: January 2011

"Unique in its support structure, Latter-day Saint Charities has access to the resources of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which include food production and processing, grain storage, vocational rehabilitation, donated used clothing, and employment and social services. Largely run with volunteer labor, Latter-day Saint Charities operates both independently and in cooperation with other charitable organizations and governments. Last year, over one million man–days of labor were contributed by volunteers in support of welfare initiatives."

I applaud LDS MEMBERS for their humanitarian contributions...one has to wonder, though, how much more per capita could be donated if church revenue from its many for-profit enterprises were tapped as well.

26 posted on 03/15/2011 11:55:51 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 ("Take a look around this country. Outside the Beltway, we are all Jews now." Stuart Schwartz)
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To: greyfoxx39

This is great aid, good.
I am surprised by the small amount versus a net worth of billions.
Something is better than nothing.


27 posted on 03/15/2011 12:00:12 PM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: dragonblustar
Japan Quake Fulfills Mormon Prophecy

From your link: "By this, I don't mean in any way that the people in Japan are wicked or were deserving of the destruction that has occurred."

The Millennium

Because of the destruction of the wicked at the Savior’s Second Coming, only righteous people will live on the earth at the beginning of the Millennium. They will be those who have lived virtuous and honest lives. These people will inherit either the terrestrial or celestial kingdom.

The Three Degrees of Glory

29 posted on 03/15/2011 12:11:21 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 ("Take a look around this country. Outside the Beltway, we are all Jews now." Stuart Schwartz)
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To: Vigilanteman

My you are a nasty little man aren’t you.
Show me because you made the charge were I ever said God hates mormons, or that I said I hate mormons.
Show me where I said that mormons should not participate in the clean up.
Prove it.
Fred Phelps and his ilk are demons.
I have been in many earth quakes big ones little ones, it is the nature of California.
However, you still refuse to address the questions I asked in post #7, and now I am beginning to wonder why?


30 posted on 03/15/2011 12:31:33 PM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: Vigilanteman
I admit that I have not lived through any earthquakes in Japan, so I am probably extremely ignorant on the subject.

But my thinking is the first thing you would do would be to help the people with human needs. Locate survivors, get food, blankets, water, medical care, access to hygiene items, access to communications to the people.

Do you know if any of the LDS buildings in Japan are being used for shelters as of yet? How do they handle it that non-believers and less-than-perfect LDS are not even allowed in the temples? Do they just ignore that rule in times of crisis?

31 posted on 03/15/2011 12:42:54 PM PDT by NEMDF
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I see that a lot of very tiny people are providing their aid to the Japanese people by belittling the efforts of others, and doing it from the safety and comfort of their computer chairs. Bitterness is so unbecoming, especially when it's poorly wrapped in the pretended concern for others' souls.


32 posted on 03/15/2011 12:45:14 PM PDT by RBranha (Captialism is the natural outgrowth of human freedom.)
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To: RBranha
The original post is about lds and their assessing what help to give, while Christians have been on the ground for days.
The original post is about lds inspecting their buildings.
It is an lds article.

33 posted on 03/15/2011 12:50:29 PM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: svcw

I don’t know the status of the Mormons’ efforts in Japan, but the following update was given 1 month after the Haiti quake:

“Latter-day Saint Charities has been providing relief to those who have been displaced, injured, or otherwise suffering from the effects of the January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti.

The organization has already provided over one million pounds (25 semi–trucks) of food, hygiene kits, water filtration bottles, water systems, and medical supplies such as medicine and wheelchairs. Two thousand seven hundred tents have been distributed to families forced to leave their homes. Supplies are being shipped by air from the U.S. and by truck from the Dominican Republic.

Nine LDS chapels located in and around Port-au-Prince have been opened as shelters to support local communities. Food and other relief supplies brought into Haiti are being used at these shelters to assist with basic needs. Approximately half of the people being helped at or in Church facilities are members of other faiths.

Latter-day Saint Charities has had medical teams on the ground since January 16. The physicians are tending to the wounded by performing surgeries, setting broken bones, and providing other medical attention as needed. Physician teams continue to treat children and families in clinics established at these nine facilities. Mental health professionals were sent to address pressing mental health issues resulting from the disaster.

Local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continue to load and unload supply trucks. They are delivering foodstuffs and other medical supplies to those in need.

Latter-day Saint Charities, in order to provide relief assistance, has partnered with the following NGOs: CARE, Food for the Poor, International Relief and Development, American Red Cross, Islamic Relief, Helping Hands for Haiti, and the United Nations.”


34 posted on 03/15/2011 12:50:44 PM PDT by RBranha (Captialism is the natural outgrowth of human freedom.)
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To: RBranha

Good.
Except for this: Islamic Relief


35 posted on 03/15/2011 12:52:28 PM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: Vigilanteman
Besides working with my group's team on a third 48 foot trailer of food and medical supplies and personally financing 4 college kid's trips to go over and help and join several already in country we know that are already distributing, not a bloody thing.

You?

36 posted on 03/15/2011 12:59:12 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: ejonesie22; Vigilanteman

Hard to do anything when you spend your time whining, crying, complaining and falsely accusing. Just saying.


37 posted on 03/15/2011 1:05:00 PM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: svcw
Are these non damaged buildings being opened for the homeless? Are the kitchens in these building fixing food for the hungry? Are the storage rooms being opened to distribute clothing to the freezing? Well, at least the buildings are safe.

I don't know the current status of the Mormons' efforts in Japan, but the following update was given 1 month after the Haiti quake. A similar response took place after Hurricane Katrina and other hurricanes which hit the Gulf Coast in recent years, as well as the 2004 Indonesian Tsunami and the 2006 earthquake. Based on their previous actions, it seems likely that the same kind of response to the Japan earthquake is taking place now.

"Latter-day Saint Charities has been providing relief to those who have been displaced, injured, or otherwise suffering from the effects of the January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti.

The organization has already provided over one million pounds (25 semi–trucks) of food, hygiene kits, water filtration bottles, water systems, and medical supplies such as medicine and wheelchairs. Two thousand seven hundred tents have been distributed to families forced to leave their homes. Supplies are being shipped by air from the U.S. and by truck from the Dominican Republic.

Nine LDS chapels located in and around Port-au-Prince have been opened as shelters to support local communities. Food and other relief supplies brought into Haiti are being used at these shelters to assist with basic needs. Approximately half of the people being helped at or in Church facilities are members of other faiths.

Latter-day Saint Charities has had medical teams on the ground since January 16. The physicians are tending to the wounded by performing surgeries, setting broken bones, and providing other medical attention as needed. Physician teams continue to treat children and families in clinics established at these nine facilities. Mental health professionals were sent to address pressing mental health issues resulting from the disaster.

Local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continue to load and unload supply trucks. They are delivering foodstuffs and other medical supplies to those in need.

Latter-day Saint Charities, in order to provide relief assistance, has partnered with the following NGOs: CARE, Food for the Poor, International Relief and Development, American Red Cross, Islamic Relief, Helping Hands for Haiti, and the United Nations."
38 posted on 03/15/2011 1:07:19 PM PDT by RBranha (Captialism is the natural outgrowth of human freedom.)
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To: svcw

You have no idea what the LDS church is doing, other than what was mentioned in the article. I know you want to believe that they have done nothing other than what was mentioned, but your assumption is incorrect. If you are willing to use Google, in the coming days you will find that the Mormons have been doing a lot more since Friday than what you can see in a press release.


39 posted on 03/15/2011 1:10:41 PM PDT by RBranha (Captialism is the natural outgrowth of human freedom.)
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To: svcw
"Good. Except for this: Islamic Relief"

Does a starving child know the difference between a bottle of water given by a Christian and one given by a Muslim?

And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the ahost, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

40 posted on 03/15/2011 1:18:09 PM PDT by RBranha (Captialism is the natural outgrowth of human freedom.)
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To: RBranha
Nine LDS chapels located in and around Port-au-Prince have been opened as shelters to support local communities.

Are you aware that when the hurricane pass through there last fall, these chapels were open to members only. Further, those haitan members who did seek shelter there received no food or water during the course of their stay.

41 posted on 03/15/2011 1:22:29 PM PDT by Godzilla (3-7-77)
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To: RBranha
If you are going to quote Scripture give reference and use historical perspective.
It is just one more example of lds partnering with muslims.
We are not talking about Christians and muslims, we are talking about lds and muslims.
42 posted on 03/15/2011 1:24:36 PM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: RBranha
You have no idea what the LDS church is doing, other than what was mentioned in the article.

Yes, because this discussion is about the post not a google search.

43 posted on 03/15/2011 1:26:20 PM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: svcw
If you are going to quote Scripture give reference and use historical perspective. It is just one more example of lds partnering with muslims. We are not talking about Christians and muslims, we are talking about lds and muslims.

So, lds and muslims aren't your neighbor? You seem to be taking the same tack as the lawyer to whom Jesus gave the parable.
44 posted on 03/15/2011 1:30:39 PM PDT by RBranha (Captialism is the natural outgrowth of human freedom.)
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To: Godzilla
Are you aware that when the hurricane pass through there last fall, these chapels were open to members only. Further, those haitan members who did seek shelter there received no food or water during the course of their stay.

Your information is out of context:

"While most Mormon buildings were being used as hospitals and shelters, the particular building mentioned was taken by the government to use as a command center. The [volunteer, unpaid] leader of the congregation did not realize he might have been able to convince the government to allow them to also set up shelters. Once the building was taken over by the government, he appears to have felt it was entirely under their control."
45 posted on 03/15/2011 1:36:21 PM PDT by RBranha (Captialism is the natural outgrowth of human freedom.)
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To: svcw
Yes, because this discussion is about the post not a google search.

My statement was in response to your prior insinuation that the Mormons aren't already on the ground helping with the relief effort. ("While they are still assessing, Christians are already on the ground helping with relief effort.") I believe they are doing more than assessing, but the full scope of their effort is more than can be communicated in a press release.
46 posted on 03/15/2011 1:44:37 PM PDT by RBranha (Captialism is the natural outgrowth of human freedom.)
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To: RBranha
Show me where I said that. Prove it.
Asking you to give Biblical reference is a perfectly reasonable request.
If you keep stretching you are going to snap.
47 posted on 03/15/2011 1:47:42 PM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: svcw
Show me where I said that. Prove it.

I didn't quote you, I asked if that's what you're saying. Is it your claim that lds and mormons aren't your neighbor? Luke 10: 25-37 -- is that the reference you're asking for?
48 posted on 03/15/2011 1:52:36 PM PDT by RBranha (Captialism is the natural outgrowth of human freedom.)
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To: RBranha

Sorry, I meant “mormons and muslims” . . .


49 posted on 03/15/2011 1:53:41 PM PDT by RBranha (Captialism is the natural outgrowth of human freedom.)
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To: RBranha

Sorry, I meant “lds and muslims” . . .


50 posted on 03/15/2011 1:54:06 PM PDT by RBranha (Captialism is the natural outgrowth of human freedom.)
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