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Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Kristen, view damage from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Higashimatsushima, Japan.

Our Take: One year has passed since natural disasters devastated Japan. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was one of many organizations to send supplies and humanitarian aid. This article by LDS Newsroom details the church's efforts.

SALT LAKE CITY — During a recent visit to Japan, Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), said the Japanese people are “an example for the whole world” in the way they have responded to the tragedy of the great east Japan earthquake that struck on March 11, 2011.

“Those who suffered the immediate tragedies have held their faith, and their brothers and sisters throughout Japan … responded with helping hands, with donations, with service, with encouragement,” said Elder Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve. “It’s increased my faith and my determination to try to serve in a similar way in the circumstances of my life.”

The 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami, which left more than 19,000 people dead and $235 billion in estimated damages, has been a top humanitarian aid priority for the church during the past year.

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