Skip to comments.Church Update on Response to Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (Mormon)
Posted on 03/15/2011 10:46:10 AM PDT by greyfoxx39
14 March 2011 Salt Lake City
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 Churchs 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.
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.
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.
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.
I was sad to see my name was not there.
Just to make it clear. I do not hate Mormons, I loath MormonISM.
Good questions. I think the lds hooked up with muslims in Haiti.
lds sure spends a lot of energy courting muslims.
***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.
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
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 mandays 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.
This is great aid, good.
I am surprised by the small amount versus a net worth of billions.
Something is better than nothing.
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."
Because of the destruction of the wicked at the Saviors 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.
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.
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?
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?
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 semitrucks) 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.”
Except for this: Islamic Relief
Hard to do anything when you spend your time whining, crying, complaining and falsely accusing. Just saying.
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.
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