Wanted: Former LDS missionaries for service in Haiti

by | Jan. 20, 2010

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They speak the language, know the people and want to serve.

And if they've got a passport and a shovel, Stephen Studdert wants them on a plane.

Studdert, a former LDS Church mission president, twice-former stake president and former White House adviser to three U.S. presidents, is using his extensive national and international contacts to charter a plane, fill it with former LDS missionaries to Haiti and get to work rebuilding a country.

"These returned missionaries have such a deep love for the Haitian people," said Studdert, who lives in Alpine. "They just feel this deep sense of compelling personal, moral urgency to be there and help those people they so dearly love who are hurting so badly."

Studdert started spreading the news of his mission Wednesday morning, and by that night he had heard from dozens of former missionaries.

By Friday, Studdert wants 153 of the 162 commercial plane seats filled so they can leave next Wednesday or Thursday for the crippled island nation, where they will stay for three weeks.

The remaining nine seats will be for medical personnel who Studdert hopes can watch over the 153 orphans they want to bring back to the United States.

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