Quake hits home for former Mormon missionaries to Haiti

They once walked the streets that now hold broken buildings and bodies.

People they loved are bleeding and crying for help.

For former LDS missionaries who served in Haiti, last week's massive earthquake demolished more than just a place on the map. It crushed a country that, for two years, they called home.

"When you serve a mission, you get to know people, and care about them a lot, in a different way than otherwise," said David Cope, who served in Haiti from 1989 to 1991 and visited again in 1995.

Cope, a general contractor by trade, is desperately trying to find some way down to the country he loves.

"I (would be one) guy in a nation of 9 million," he said. "But I still feel like I want to go ... even if it's to go pick up rocks with my bare hands for as long as I can stay. It's probably not the most effective, but (because of my) ties and feelings, I want to do something more than just send them a check."

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