The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a video on Wednesday to express gratitude for donations of time and resources in the wake of recent natural disasters and pressing needs worldwide.
“We live in a time of overwhelming need. Due to no fault of their own, millions of our Father in heaven’s children find themselves in unimaginable situations as they deal with the tragic effects of war, famine, natural disasters and economic difficulties,” President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the church’s First Presidency, says in the video. “But in the midst of this suffering, people around the world have rallied to come to the aid of their brothers and sisters.”
The video shows the many ways church members have given to those in need while church leaders report that in September alone, LDS Church members donated over one million hours of service in the United States.
“in addition to the lifesaving resources delivered following these disasters, even more noteworthy are the many thousands of church volunteers who come together on these occasions to help clean up, fix up and, perhaps most importantly, to lift up those who have been impacted,” Bishop Dean M. Davies says in the video. “It is truly Christian service in action.”
Donations to the church’s humanitarian aid fund in September were also more than four times the monthly average.
Sister Reyna I. Aburto reminds members that “the best way you can help is to help people in your community and also to donate to the church’s humanitarian aid fund.”
“We make sure that 100 percent of the donations go to where it is needed and we are able to do that because we work through partners,” Sister Aburto explains.