SALT LAKE CITY -- The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is urging worldwide members to help relieve the suffering in Haiti.
The statement from the First Presidency reads: "Our hearts are filled with sadness as we have watched the suffering in Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake. We turn to the example of Jesus Christ who reached out to 'lift up the hands which hang down' and 'strengthen the feeble knees.'
"We are keenly aware that many in America are dealing with economic challenges caused by the recession. However, we are appealing to members to donate to Church Humanitarian Services as their means allow in order to help our Haitian brothers and sisters. Many have already contributed and others are anxious to do so.
"Money is not the only need in Haiti. People are frightened, bewildered, and wholly uncertain about their future. In addition to what people can do in helping with food, water and shelter, there needs to be a calming influence over that troubled nation. We invite our people everywhere to supplicate God for a spirit of calm and peace among the people as urgent aid and reconstruction efforts continue."
The Church says many members have made substantial contributions to Church Humanitarian Services, but more is needed.
Church members and others wishing to contribute to the aid efforts may do so by using the donation slip they normally use for Church donations or by logging onto lds.org and clicking on Humanitarian Services Emergency Response.
Haiti's government estimates the Jan. 12 quake killed 200,000 people, as reported by the European Commission. It said 250,000 people were injured and 2 million homeless in the nation of 9 million. Others offer smaller estimates.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)