LDS in Chile cope after quake

As Chileans work to recover victims and begin to repair damage done by Saturday's 8.8-magnitude earthquake, the country's large LDS population has come together to help each other, said Salt Lake City resident Marc Boyden.

His father, Stephen Boyden, is serving as executive secretary to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints area presidency in Santiago, Chile. People with damaged or destroyed homes are staying in chapels or with other church members, he told his son. And the local bishop's storehouse, which helps the poor with food and necessities, is "very busy," Marc Boyden said.

The country has nearly 555,000 LDS members, according to the church. That ranks as one of the highest concentrations in the world, at 3.4 percent of Chile's total population. In the U.S., Mormons constitute about 2 percent of the population, according to church data and numbers from the CIA World Factbook.

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