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Mormon Families Among Filipinos Helping Their Neighbors

First came the mammoth earthquake on Oct. 15. Then the raging typhoon on Nov. 7. The back-to-back disasters provided LDS Bishop Henry Patalinghug, wife Russel and other Mormons in the Philippines a chance to help their suffering neighbors.

Bishop Patalinghug, who oversees the Busay Ward in Cebu City, traveled by boat to the epicenter of the earthquake with 18 other Mormon men skilled in carpentry and masonry on the first weekend in November. They were scheduled to continue to sacrifice three days each weekend until the jobs were done, but before they could leave again Friday, word came that Typhoon Haiphan was rampaging toward them.

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