Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are encouraging members to provide assistance for refugees around the world. The First Presidency, the Church’s highest governing body, sent a letter dated October 27, 2015, to Church leaders signed by President Thomas S. Monson and his counselors, President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf.
The letter is scheduled to be read to local congregations around the world, during Sunday’s worship services.
The letter states, “It is with great concern and compassion that we observe the plight of the millions of people around the world who have fled their homes seeking relief from civil conflict and other hardships.”
The letter explains the Church is assisting migrants and refugees in several countries “thanks to the generous help of our members.”
The LDS Church said they have been providing aid to refugees in the Middle East for more than a decade, providing hundreds of thousands of blankets, clothes, emergency medical supplies, food and other resources to refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Syria.
In response to the recent crisis in Europe, the Church made an additional commitment in September of $5 million to help displaced families.
The letter continues, “Members may contribute to the Church Humanitarian Fund using the Tithing and Other Offerings donation slip. We also invite Church units, families, and individuals to participate in local relief projects, where practical.”
The letter concludes, “May the Lord bless you as you render Christlike service to those in need.”
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