LDS Church helping fishermen get livelihoods back

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expanded its relief efforts for victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami this week with a humanitarian donation to a fisherman's cooperative.

The view from the minivans that rolled through the rubble of cities that were devastated left even a veteran observer of natural disasters unable to find a comparison. When asked if he'd ever seen anything like it, Bishop H. David Burton, presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, replied, "Nothing, nothing compares with the degree of devastation and the width and the breadth of it. Three hundred miles!"

The tsunami devastated the coastal fishing industry. Repairing the boats is not enough, and that's what led to the presentation this week from the LDS Church.

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