Church Invites Assistance to Italy Earthquake Victims
All Mormon missionaries in Italy and all LDS Church members there are alive and well after a powerful earthquake killed at least 120 people in central Italy early Wednesday morning.
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) is widely known for the humanitarian services that it provides worldwide. Last month, during a lecture given at the University of Oxford, Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church said that the Church spends around $40 million on humanitarian, welfare, and other charity projects, worldwide, each year. It has been doing that for the past 30 years. Also, volunteers from the Church devote millions of hours of labor each year to assist in the projects.
Elder Oaks further said that in 2015, the Church responded to 177 emergency situations in 56 countries. Apart from that, they also initiated a large number of projects that included providing clean water, vision care, and immunization, which actually impacted more than one million people. The Church provides these services without any regard to the religious affiliation of a person. Also, the humanitarian efforts of the Church are separate from the worldwide missionary efforts of the LDS Church.
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