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Child's safe birth among rays of light seen at chapel

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 20 2010 12:00 a.m. MST

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Tye Chadwick

You're doing a great thing in reporting the positive things happening in such a devastating disaster. Are thoughts and prayers are with you and your family while you are away. I look forward to your reports daily.

June Beharrell England

So proud that the Church is able to help provide the medical help so much needed in this terrible disaster. Our prayers are with those who are still looking for their loved ones,those who have lost family and friends,also the doctors and nurses who have made the effort to travel and help those injured. Thank you.


While the LDS medical team is comprised entirely of Mormon doctors, nurses and emotional-health specialists, they are treating and seeing anyone, regardless of church affiliation.

Why does it even have to mentioned that they treated anyone regardless of church affliation? Any other church ministries offer help in tragedy. But no one would think it was a big deal to help someone outside their church. Only Mormans! Why is it such a big deal to help someone outside of your religion? Jesus tended to all.

D.M. Bramwell

I am so grateful the team arrived and their clinic is open. I spent almost four years in the Dominican Republic and have a deep love for the people of that Caribbean Island.

Each time you flip a switch for electricity, turn on a faucet for clean water or even flush a toilet, you probably give no thought to these simple every day things, but for the Haitians right now, these would be considered miracles.

May we send many prayers and $$$'s to their aid.

S. Hamilton

The reason it is mentioned that the church is helping everyone is because people accuse us of being exclusionary, isolated and non Christian. We are trying to follow Christ, including everyone regardless of how or what they may worship. We want to be able to define ourselves since so many have chosen to define us.


to the What? comment. I think you're confusing reporters with members of the church. I am a member and would truly help anyone without even asking affiliation. I don't think it's the members making this a big deal... but the reporter... not good reporting.

Please don't say "Only Mormons". I have never said "Only non-mormons" (oops, just did)

RE: What?

It's worse for you to focus on a simple thing and be so negative during this dificult time for the people of Haiti, than for them to make sure people know they are helping everyone. At least they are there sacrificing their time away from their own families and suffering with them. You are most likely in the confort of your home only critizising those trying to help.
I hope there were more people that talked less and did more.
Prayers with people of Haiti and all volunteers trying to help

doctors and nurses

I applaud the doctors and nurses! What a wonderful work they are involved in, really making a difference instead of sitting in their million dollar homes watching all unfold on their big screen TV. They are willing to leave family and home with little notice to help others in need. These are true Christians!

Re: What?

I can tell by your nasty attitude that if it were not pointed out then you would probably be the first to accuse the doctors and nurses of only being there to treat the Mormons. It is because of hate-filled people like you that this has to be mentioned at all.


Thank you doctors for donating your time and energies!


Thank you for doing so much to help these desperate people of Haiti. I am so glad to hear that some LDS Churches made it through the earthquake. They will be a great blessing to many.
Help from so many different groups makes a difference. I know so many people wish they could do more.

Relax and Read

It's very much a non-issue, but unfortunately needs to be clarified for some who have posted comments here: The reason the reporter writes that both members of the LDS Church and nonmembers alike are being treated is because the article states that 4,000 people are congregating at the seven chapels. If the reporter doesn't mention this, we as readers are left to our own assumptions -- which one of them could be that all there are members and that the LDS Church is only allowing members to stay there. A good reporter gives the readers the information needed so they don't need to make assumptions. You would see the exact same kind of reporting, for example, in Orlando covering the services of a Catholic charity in Haiti working from a Catholic church.

I feel fortunate to have these updates and pray that this medical staff and others are able make an impact on the great people of Haiti. Godspeed.


Thanks to this team and to Scott for keeping us updated.

With so little we can actually do, we hang on to each report and live vicariously through this team.

We pray for and send good wishes to them and hope their skills and energy and stamina can hold up to superhuman levels.

Mostly we pray for all the dear people of Haiti.


yes, so thankful to hear these stories.

Who, Why, When, How, What

Who: It's about people helping people in times of need.

Why: Love your Neighbor as thyself, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

When: Donations to these types of situations started long ago in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. That's why they are available to quickly help all and this "How" LDS donations and help are observed as being one of the first to aid others on the seen.

What: Give what you can. Give generously when you can. I'm guessing it will someday come back to benefit all of us in our time of need.

Warren Pugh

It is natural that folks would be concerned about alterior motives in the church's efforts to simply save lives.

I have greater concerns like the hawkish American press that would be best off rolling their sleaves up and going to work, rather than exploiting misery. Then of course CNN with the rest of its ilk is ignoring the efforts of Christian missionaries of all denominations some of whom have been laboring among these poor people for decades.



Thanks for the stories Dad. As I went to bed last night I was wondering to myself if any babies could have survived the quake. It was touching to learn of a few miracles there. Thanks - Love Your Daughter

Adam Buhler

I am so relieved to hear that much needed aid is arriving to the affected areas. My wife and I attended the Central Ward on Sunday the 10th, just 2 days before the disastrous earthquake. We were stranded in the devastated city of Jacmel after the earthquake and have safely made it home. The hardest part of this ordeal was leaving the suffering people of Haiti. As someone who has worked with Haitians for many years and is fluent in Haitian Creole, I wanted nothing more than to stay and help as much as I could. However, with a pregnant wife and the concern of our families back home, we had to come home immediately. I envy those that are able to pack up and leave at a moment's notice to help those who are so desperate for relief. My prayers go out to the people of Haiti and especially to the people helping distribute the aid. Thank you for the glimmers of hope in this time of despair!

Adam "Boule" Buhler

Ted Buzis

I would just like to express my love and admiration for the great American people and the wonderful feeling of unconditional love in your hearts. I am an American living in Mexico and as each day passes give thanks for the blood that flows through my veins. We are such a wonderful nation despite the negative anti-american sentiment throughout the world. We show the world that the TRUE AMERICAN is a loving, unselfish, kind and charitable neighbor with much to offer and give no matter what our religious denomination is. We come together and put our shoulder to the wheel in times of need and disaster and this shows our CHARACTER. My Dear Doctors, Nurses and Mental Health Care givers, thank you so much for representing our state, nation and religion with such dignity and exemplary dedication. It is people like you that make this nation what it is. We WILL continue to PRAY and GIVE as long as it takes. I KNOW that through this tragedy MUCH "good" will come and most importantly HAITI will be the main benefactor. It will be a better nation after this and the people will be blessed even more than before.


Dear What,
We would love to hear of the many good works you have done for others.

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