Child's safe birth among rays of light seen at chapel
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.
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.
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
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)
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
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!
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.
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: 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.
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
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
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
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
So heartbreaking to see the devastation and tragedy in Haiti. Thank goodness
that help is there to ease some of the suffering of those affected by that
Thank you Jeffrey Allred for this beautiful photo on the front page. It is a
moment of light, peace, love and hope. You are a modern day Rembrandt the way
you used the light from the window.(of course I know that was probably the ONLY
light, but just the same, it was beautifully done) I've been waiting for a
photo like this to lift our spirits a little.
It is part of our duty to comfort and help those in need. President Monson
talked about our duties to help others in his recent talk "What Have I Done for
Marilyn 10:31 thought this picture "a modern day Rembrandt the way you used the
light from the window"I thought that too. The story of
the new mother and baby (and their picture) were a small oasis in a sea of
You bleeding heart Libs never give it up! Stop taking MY tax money to give to
FOREIGNERS! Got it?
Your tax money has nothing to do with this.
The LDS church funds the help they are giving to Haiti and anyone else that
needs it through donations from it's members and anyone else that would like to
donate through the Humanitarian Center located in SLC, UT.
To Jimmy, you can keep your tax dollars, none of them were used for this mission
or many other ones going on. These people went to Haiti out of pure love and at
absolutely no cost to you. If you are going to make stupid remarks at least
have your facts correct. If and when we get hit with a big earthquake I bet you
will be one of the first ones waiting for someone who cares to come to your
relief and chances are you will get it inspite of yourself.
I know that in the U.S., church buildings must meet certain safety codes. Does
anyone know if this applies to church buildings in places like Haiti? I'm
curious about that. It would be nice to think that the Church applies higher
standards to their buildings, no matter where they are built.
I would imagine that is the case with anything (temples, chapels, etc.) that is
built. We answer to a higher authority. :)
Love that picture!
If someone is in a car accident, do you ask what religion they are before
offering help? And if you do offer help to someone outside your religious
beliefs, do you really need a pat on the back? You give members of your church
a bad name
This just proves that the church is true. How can you not deny it now? Cannot
you see the miracles that no missionaries were killed and that they are using
the churches to treat the injured. The Lord works in mysterious ways.
Henry Huggins - quite possibly the most ignorant, self-righteous comment I have
read. The religion of these doctors and nurses is irrelvant; they are humans
helping humans in need. This isn't about which church or doctorine is right. Go
study Christ's teachings and learn some humility. (Yes, I am LDS)Thanks to the generosity of the LDS Church for financing this important aid
mission. My uncle is one of the Orthopedic Surgeons traveling with this group.
I cannot speak to building codes and such but compared to the rest of the
buildings in the area, the church they are talking about in the article is very
well built. I am not surprised to hear that it is still standing. The Central
ward building is less than half a mile from the National Palace and National
Cathedral, both of which have been reduced to piles of rubble. I'm happy to see
that the church is able to house the homeless in such a time of need.
The LDS church sure knows how to be helpful to all and not only benifit their
own members. it seems to me that the "Mormons" are always being looked upon as
bad christians and to the point where christians themselves exclude the
"Mormons" as christians. but i guess theyve proven to theirslves, and many
others who can see (me), that they sure kno how to perform "Christ-Like"
actions. i wonder how they do it.Jah Bless
Dr. Marc Johnson is my neighborhood and friend. He is a wonderful, caring
person. He has a beautiful wife and family who is sharing him with Haiti. I am
sure they are concerned about him being there. God Bless!
Being a true Christian means going out amongst all people....In His eyes, we are
all His children and He wants us to love one another like He loves us. These
folks are out there helping others- not asking them what religion or
denomination they are. If someone other than your own religion (maybe even a
Muslim extremist)was bleeding to death on your doorstep, would you deny that
person help? These wonderful people are doing God's work...I wish I could have
gone. God bless them and the people of Haiti.
The church does indeed have it own self imposed building codes. You have
international codes such as uniform build code which are used by professional
architects everywhere. These code control risks. The church has managers of
assets therefore they use professional codes to manage these assets.
Were there LDS missionaries in Haiti and did they all survive?
Yes there are LDS missionaries in Haiti and yes they all survived at least that
is the report that I read when I checked my e-mail since I was not getting
anything on local or national news. They are out there doing whatever they can
Thank you, doctors, for giving up so much to go serve like this. You are
Great Article! There are so many who say "I wish I could do more to help".
Well, you can help make blankets (quilts), assemble the various "kits" etc. It
takes many people working together to provide this kind of help and assistance.
These seemingly small acts may mean life or death for someone.Lets
stop grumbling and do things the Lords way.
I am happy!people helping people whatever religion or race they may..thank you
for sharing,thank you for caring,thank you for the LOVE!
What? makes a good point. In person and in the media, LDS come across as some of
the most self-absorbed, narcissists I have ever encountered! Just help and stop
throwing your religious affiliation in everybody's face!
Yes, if you want to help, then help, but stop running around saying "Look at me,
I am LDS and I am helping! Aren't we LDS so wonderful for helping!"In the words of someone with whom you are supposed to be familiar:"Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise
ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest
thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the
synagogues and in the streets, [and on the Internet] that they may have glory of
men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward." (Matt.6:1-2)
If you ignore the religion of those you help, then please ignore the religion of
the helpers and stop turning this tragedy into a marketing campaign for your
To 123 and all the other clouds on this post.Oh please..........almost
every group or affiliation gets credit for what they are doing to help others.
No religion or group is an exception. I don't believe that these people
went there to seek the accolades of the world, but to help. You have to look
into each individuals heart to see what their motives are...some may be better
than others, but YOU do not know. Be careful in your judgements of
others, "judge not, that ye be not judged."
I agree about the comment in this article stating that people were being treated
regardless of religion... I cringed when I read it! Please avoid this in the
future. You aren't doing the LDS any service with that kind of reporting.
Obviously, this is a case of a reporter doing his job. With so many people
suffering so severely, it helps lift spirits to hear of the good being done. A
reporter is to report the facts. Fact is, this story is taking place at an LDS
facility. The doctors are not there making sure that everyone knows that they
are LDS...nor are they marketing for the church. They are sacrificing their time
and talents to help those in need. The reporter does a great job of clearing up
any questions that would cause assumptions or speculations...by people of any
I would like to comment. I was raised in Utah (I spent the first 31 years of my
life there) and am very familiar with the LDS church. Although I am not a
member-- no one has any right to critize them. The LDS church helps all...for
example if anyone remembers the ice storm of 2009 in the Kentucky, Illinois
area, where thousands were without power for 7-30 days, the local LDS church
provided truckloads of food, water, gas, and generators to those without. Never
once was anyone asked what denomination they were. The people of the LDS church
are kind loving and giving Christians. They have traveled a rough road because
of people's preconcieved ideas. I am proud to have been raised in a state where
kind loving giving people and good morals are a way of life.
To all of you who are sooooo concerned with the name of the Church being
mentioned in the article........Would you take issue if the article credited the
names of other denominations as well? It would appear that those of you (you
know who you are) who love to portray the LDS Church in a negative light 1)
Probably tend to be very critical of others in general and 2) Are constanly
looking for reasons to get offended and get your back up! Just go
with it! Who cares if the name of the Church is mentioned? Isn't this an LDS
newspaper afterall? What do you want them to report on......Catholic Parochial
schools and Jewish Synagogues? To "What"......Sounds like you have
a real beef with the LDS Church. Let me ask you this.....If the LDS Church or
one of its members committed a big faux pas.....would you ignore the name of the
church when mentioning the error? I'm guessing not.Come out of your mom's
basement and get some sun! The sun does wonders for one's mood and outlook on
This is an LDS site, of course we are going to talke about LDS people helping
and being helped. If you don't like it, go elsewhere!
We as members of the LDS church should not participate in the sarcastic and
negative remarks posted here by replying back in the same negative and sarcastic
manner. There is no place for such pettiness. It demeans us. The only way to
define ourselves is to show who we are through our actions, deeds, and kind
words. Therefore, if you can't say something nice then please don't say anything
at all. Thank-you to all those who are so willing and able to serve
the people of Haiti. I wish I could be there with you.
Most everyone remembers Katrina. I lived through it. While I personally know
the LDS church members rendered much service to members & non-member for months
after she hit. I never saw this mentioned in the newspaper or other media. And many people in the area wrongly believe we only helped members. The first
people the volunteers helped were those who were providing protective services
(police, firemen, emergency persomal, etc.)I am grateful that I can go to
a website that let's me know how The Church is helping in Haiti.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and all Christian Denominations
have one common purpose, to follow Jesus Christ and do what He would do. As
crisis occurs you will find that service is poured out from one to the other
with all thoughts focused on giving help to those in need. As I serve I hope
that the thanks offered is raised up to heaven. That those who are being lifted
out of harms way will realize that I am there as a representative of Christ,
that He has provided the way, and the means for their relief. Serving others
blesses all. We all need to keep this in mind and keep those suffering as our
focus and how to help them our responsibility. Follow the Savior's example and
support all those who do. There is no better way.
I may be able to go help in Haiti. I have an expired passport. The group I may
be able to go with is leaving next week...wednesday or thursday. Any tips on
how to renew a passport in days without flying to LA, Denver, Etc.???
grateful for messages of hope. I am rechecking MY 72 hour kit,making sure my
family and I are prepared for a disaster.Working on being strong and ready so I
can help my fellow man in times of need.Has everyone donated something
extra yet for Haiti?
I too might be able to go help in Haiti. Does anyone have information on how to
contact the LDS doctors and nurses group who are mentioned in these writings? I
am a respiratory therapist and EMT-Intermediate.
Go to healinghandsfor haiti website....