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Church Statement on Major Earthquake in Nepal

This weekend, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, with a 6.7 aftershock rocking the nation Sunday. With current estimates of the death toll  rising above 3,000, the humanitarian arm of the Church is "determining how it can best help to relieve the suffering," according to a statement made Saturday. 

That aid will likely come in the form of Mormon Helping Hands cleanup efforts as well as food and supplies donations, as was done in 2013 for the victims of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in the Philippines. In that instance, the Church donated more than 100,000 pounds of supplies.  

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all those in Nepal impacted by Saturday’s earthquake and particularly those who have lost loved ones," said Church spokesman Eric Hawkins.

The Church also noted that only one senior missionary couple was serving in the area and that the pair is safe.

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