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LDS missionaries safe following Mexico quake

By Linda Williams  |  Posted Sep 8th, 2017 @ 10:02am


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SALT LAKE CITY — All missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in the area impacted by a large earthquake in Mexico are safe, according to a church spokesman.

Both the Mexico Tuxtla Gutierrez and Mexico Oaxaca missions were directly impacted by the Thursday night quake, church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a prepared statement. No information was initially available about potential damage to church facilities.

"With the rest of the world, we are deeply concerned about the many natural disasters that have occurred around the globe in recent weeks. Last night's earthquake in Mexico affected thousands of people, and we pray for their safety and wellbeing," the statement said.

"Two missions of the Church were directly impacted (the Mexico Tuxtla Gutierrez and Mexico Oaxaca Missions) and the quake was felt throughout a much larger region. We have confirmed that all missionaries are safe and well.

"The condition of other Church facilities and the earthquake's impact to other members are unknown at this time. We will provide additional information as it becomes available."

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake hit off Chiapas state near the Guatemalan border with a magnitude of 8.1. At least 32 people died, the Associated Press reported.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

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