SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — During what the European Commission called the world's largest humanitarian crisis since World War II, LDS leaders will read a letter in sacrament meetings Sunday encouraging members to help refugees.
“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," wrote the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the letter.
The letter said people may donate to the church's humanitarian fund and participate in local refugee relief projects.
The church used the humanitarian fund to provide $5 million last month to help displaced families who have fled to Europe.
Conflicts like those caused by the Islamic State have caused a broad crisis captured in a staggering new graphic at lucify.com that shows the flow of refugees out of the Middle East and Africa into Europe.
An article last week in the LDS Church News reported the church has given $1.2 billion in aid since special fasts for African famines 30 years ago. Mormons have provided assistance to refugees in the Middle East for more than a decade.
The director of LDS Charities, Sharon Eubank, recently shared on the Mormon Channel 40 ways people can help refugees in their own communities.