Hurricane Irma Updates

Hurricane Irma Updates

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September 16: President Eyring Provides Lift to Helping Hands in Florida

September 15: President Eyring Offers Support in the Caribbean After Hurricane Irma

September 13: Atlanta Stages Distribution of Supplies in Aftermath of Hurricane Irma

September 6: Church Preparing for Hurricane Irma

President Eyring Provides Lift to Helping Hands in Florida
September 17, 12:00 p.m.

President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, visited Florida Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17, 2017, to minister to victims of Hurricane Irma in Naples and Jacksonville. Approximately 7,500 Mormon Helping Hands were in force throughout the state to clean up damage caused by the destructive hurricane. Read more.

                              

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President Eyring Offers Support in the Caribbean After Hurricane Irma
September 15, 4:30 p.m. MDT

President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, visited with government officials and ministered to local Mormons and residents in the Caribbean Friday, September 15, 2017, in the wake of destructive Hurricane Irma, which battered the islands a week ago.

                                        

“Some of you have family or friends who have had more emotional stress than you even know,” President Eyring told Latter-day Saints gathered at an impromptu devotional in St. Thomas. The normally pristine resort island’s leafless trees and overturned aircraft tell the story of the pounding it received. “Go to family and neighbors over a long period of time,” President Eyring said. “That will give them a confidence that has been shaken. [God] lives. He is close by. He got me here today.” Hurricane Irma was one of the most powerful hurricanes ever in the Atlantic and its winds turned tropical lush neighborhoods into barely recognizable streets.

President Eyring was joined by Bishop Dean M. Davies of the Presiding Bishopric and General Authority Seventy Elder Jörg Klebingat. In the morning, they stopped in San Juan, Puerto Rico, then flew in the afternoon to St. Thomas. Read more.

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Atlanta Stages Distribution of Supplies in Aftermath of Hurricane Irma
September 13, 2017, 2:00 p.m. MDT

In the aftermath of destructive Hurricane Irma, the Church has positioned supplies in Atlanta, Georgia, to be taken to the hurricane damaged areas. By the end of the week, these supplies will be distributed by thousands of Mormon Helping Hands volunteers.

       

Initial Statement on Hurricane Irma
September 6, 2017

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released the following statement on Hurricane Irma:

As this serious hurricane has approached the Caribbean and continues in its path west and north, we have taken important steps to prepare. Members and missionaries have been given instruction on seeking shelter, gathering food and water and preparing for the days ahead. As necessary, missionaries have been or will be moved to other locations. As it has for other disasters, the Church is monitoring this situation closely and preparing to respond with relief and recovery efforts as soon as possible. During this critical time, the people of these regions are in our thoughts and prayers.

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