The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is always among the first to respond to natural disaster. Why?
Over the past few months, many natural disasters have occurred around the world. From famines, to hurricanes, to wildfires- disasters have devastated the lives of millions, sometimes leaving them with little to no options for assistance. That’s where the Mormons come in.
Usually known for their white shirt and tie-clad missionaries around the world, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is defined by how it shares its faith. However, many people don’t know that the Church also has very extensive humanitarian programs. These programs are designed to help all people in need, regardless of religious background, and are funded through the contributions of members and friends of the church alike.
Church Humanitarian aid was present closely following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the famine that has been occurring in Africa and the Middle East, and the California wildfires. In response to this sudden increase in natural disasters, donations to the church humanitarian fund quadrupled in September, according to the Church.
Why does the Church participate so intensely in humanitarian efforts?
The answer is simple; because helping others is one of the main reasons why the church exists! In the LDS church, members are constantly taught to love others and show that love through actions, and what better way can people show love than by helping others in their darkest times?
We should follow the Church’s example and help those around us, regardless of race, nationality, religious background or any other difference. During recent months, there have been many natural disasters, and we should be ready to help others when more disasters strike.
*Mormon is a commonly used nickname for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.