LDS Church Welfare's aims and purposes

An acquaintance recently recounted the story of a friend who spent a terror-filled evening on May 22 with her child in the bathtub in their home in Joplin, Mo., during the deadliest single twister in the United States since 1947.

While the house around them was literally torn to shreds, they managed to survive unlike many others in a community with few basements and little protection from tornadoes.

Rated a Category F5 on the Fujita scale, this type of tornado clocks in at between 261-318 mph. It has the capacity to lift strong frame houses off their foundations and literally disintegrate them — and it did. It has the ability to lift automobile-sized objects, turn them into missiles and rocket them through the air — and it did. It has the ability to strip bark from and uproot trees, and demolish steel reinforced concrete structures — and it did.

With tornadoes, hurricanes, warfare, tsunamis, floods, fires and earthquakes, it is no surprise that many people are feeling overwhelmed and that there is a real need for charitable outreach in the world today.

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