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Local Church Leaders Helped Haitians Through Tragedy

The leadership structure of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is organized to quickly respond to disasters and meet the needs of those who suffer. Such was the case following the earthquake in Haiti as local Mormon leaders played a critical role in getting relief to their congregations and their neighbors.

“Immediate help was sent by the Church to members and nonmembers and was distributed under the direction of the local priesthood and Relief Society leaders,” said Elder Francisco Viñas, the Church area president based in Santo Domingo. “They not only received medical aid, food, water and other basic supplies, but they also received counsel, guidance and comfort from their local leaders.”

Elder Viñas organized a Church committee for the area comprised of the two stake presidents, the mission president, an area welfare representative and the Relief Society (women’s organization) leaders. Coordination with local Church leaders in Haiti was crucial in helping Church headquarters in Salt Lake City determine what the most essential needs were.

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