In response to the generous help given following a series of recent unprecedented catastrophes, President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, expressed his gratitude. “In the midst of this suffering, people throughout the world have rallied to come to the aid of their brothers and sisters,” he said in representing the First Presidency.
Amid all this suffering, members of the Church have rallied to ease the burdens of those who have suffered such devastating losses. Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé noted that “in September, members donated over 1 million hours of service in the U.S. alone. He continued, “Donations to the Humanitarian Aid Fund in September were more than four times the monthly average.” Such donations enable the Church and its partners to respond quickly and efficiently to disasters throughout the world.
Church leaders have been quick to express their deep gratitude for the overwhelming generosity of the members and friends of the Church in the face of these catastrophes. “We are truly humbled to see the tremendous sacrifice our members are making to help their brothers and sisters,” said Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president. “We hear countless stories of simple Christlike service as they mourn with those that mourn and comfort those that stand in need of comfort.”