First Presidency Encourages Members to Help Create “Welcoming Communities” for Refugees

Contributed By Scott Taylor, Church News managing editor

  • 3 December 2019

Latter-day Saints help feed the refugees at Baobob refugee camp in Rome, Italy, on Monday, April 16, 2018. Latter-day Saint Charities contributes volunteers, dining tents, and money to the organization. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement on refugees on Monday, December 2, in response to recent media inquiries.

“As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are deeply committed to living the two great commandments to love God and love our neighbor. We feel tremendous joy in helping all of God’s children, no matter where they may live in this world,” the statement said.

“It is therefore with great concern and compassion that we observe the plight of more than 70 million people around the world who have fled their homes seeking relief from violence, war, or religious persecution.

“We encourage Church members and friends to respond appropriately and legally, to help create welcoming communities by volunteering their time, talents and friendship to individuals and families who are integrating into our societies.”