The volcanic eruption from the Kilauea volcano has impacted many Latter-day Saints in Hawaii. Hilo Hawaii Stake President Samuel Erbe said the fumes from the lava “make you feel light-headed; it burns your skin and eyes and makes you nauseated. It makes your life miserable.” Despite these difficulties, Latter-day Saints are rallying to help others in the community.
Latter-day Saints are among the dozens of Hawaiians whose homes and business have been lost or threatened by the lava flow from the Kilauea volcano.
At least 35 structures have been destroyed—including the residence of one Mormon family.
“That members’ home is completely destroyed,” said Hilo Hawaii Stake President Samuel Erbe. “The lava takes whatever it wants.”
All members and missionaries are safe—although 10 Mormon families living in affected areas are finding shelter with relatives and friends. There is no immediate concern for Church meetinghouses or properties, according to Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff.