'We've come to life' — Church members in Haiti recover, reach out

Gospel doctrine class on a recent Sunday morning in the Petionville Ward ended with class members singing "Because I Have Been Given Much."

Despite really not having much in the way of worldly possessions since the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, Church members in Haiti continue to give whenever and however they can. They attend meetings, fulfill callings, reach out to less active members and pay tithing.

Though many still face earthquake-related struggles, Church members say they are doing better.

"We lost a lot of things, but now we feel OK," said Brother Herve Constant, who serves as Sunday School president. "We've come to life."

Some adults have found jobs. Children have returned to school. A few families have returned to their homes.

Four months ago, Brother Constant was among 600 people — both Church members and nonmembers — who sought refuge beneath the palm and mango trees on the Petionville meetinghouse grounds. They slept in tents and ate rations provided by the Church. Brother Constant's house survived the shaking, but he felt a responsibility to help fellow ward members.

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