Today The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes inadvertently referred to by the media or friends of other faiths as "The Mormon Church") has over 15 million members in over 160 nations worldwide. Over 140 of its beautiful temples adorn sites in North, South, and Central America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and numerous islands of the sea. Its relief and humanitarian efforts have helped bless the lives of millions around the world, regardless of faith, as it follows the example of its Living Head, Jesus Christ. Sadly, The Church of Jesus Christ is still greatly misunderstood, and many myths and falsehoods still exist. We hope that this site may prove informational to those who visit hoping to find information about Latter-day Saints (nicknamed "Mormons"), either on a given topic in Mormonism or simply about Mormons in general. Articles cover topics about such things as basic Mormon beliefs, Mormon doctrine, Mormon history and leadership, temple work, family life, Mormon literature, controversial topics, and Church organizations and humanitarian efforts. And take a look at the new Qwirky Wiki section — Mormons are surprisingly fun.
In the closing session of the April 1999 General Conference, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gordon B. Hinckley, gave the following announcement, “I feel impressed to announce that among all of the temples we are constructing, we plan to rebuild the Nauvoo Temple.” The news was received with joy and tears by members and even those not of the LDS faith. (More about the Nauvoo Temple.)
Humanitarian Aid Updates
Mormons Provide Humanitarian Aid to the Philippines After Typhoon Haiyan
Mormons believe in preparedness, and LDS leaders prepared Mormon missionaries serving in the Philippines with 72-hour emergency kits, and evacuated many missionaries to safer areas before the storm struck.
Mormons are able to mobilize very quickly after natural disasters. Congregations are organized by location, and all have the same line of authority. The structure enables leaders to account for individuals under their care, and enables individuals to get word up the line of authority. Members are counseled to store food and prepare emergency kits, as well as to establish patterns of evacuation and communication within families in case of emergencies. After the disaster, the Church goes through the local hierarchy to assess needs and get aid in quickly.
Typhoon Haiyan was more powerful than hurricane Katrina, and may have killed over 6,000 people  and left a million homeless. It was so large that it would have covered nearly the entire area of the continental U.S. Immediately, Church leaders in Salt Lake City were in continual contact with regional Church leaders in the Philippines. Within a very short time, the Church was providing shelter, food, water and other basic supplies to evacuees and displaced families. 
More than 14,000 members and others have sought refuge in 200 Church meetinghouses.
Missionaries were evacuated to higher ground as Haiyan approached, and all missionaries equipped themselves with 72-hour emergency kits. Even so, some missionaries had to rely on prayer and the help of God to get to safety.  All Mormon missionaries were accounted for, and those stranded in stricken areas were flown to Manilla. Thereafter, many were mobilized to help. Following the repackaging of rice, the missionaries along with Filipino soldiers distributed goods in Tacloban to those in great need.
In Utah, former Mormon missionaries to the Philippines organized to collect donations to send back to the country in which they served, and a Moslem benefactor matched up to $100,000 in donations made to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to provide aid. The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake City regularly partners with the LDS Church on other humanitarian issues. 
In February 2014 an article was posted in the LDS Church News reporting on the ongoing LDS humanitarian aid to Tacloban, Philippines. As in the 2004 devastating tsunami that struck coastal regions in Asia, the Mormons were often the first to arrive, but also last to leave, with aid continuing through years of rebuilding. Forty-two Latter-day Saints were killed by typhoon Haiyan, and many lost their homes. "...the Church sent relief supplies and partnered with local and international relief organizations to assist with food, shelter, water purification, debris removal, and livelihood restoration projects. To date, Church members have constructed more than 250 shelters, with new homes being completed every day....Members are receiving vocational training and learning skills as carpenters, electricians or plumbers. The Church is also helping them obtain basic tools needed to construct shelters to house those who lost their homes during the disaster."
“Each family is given materials to build a new shelter and tools to assist,” explained Mormon Area President Brent Nielson. “The family builds their own home with the assistance of a carpenter and three other members. Once the shelter is built then the family assists nine other families in building their shelter. At the end of that experience, the family is given the tools to keep and a certificate of carpentry is issued certifying that they have learned basic carpentry skills. They are then able to apply for the many construction jobs that are now available in Tacloban. In the process, the Church helps them help themselves. They help other members and in the process gain a marketable skill.”
On January 11, 2012, the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life released a groundbreaking new survey, the first ever published by a non-LDS research organization to focus exclusively on members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their beliefs, values, perceptions and political preferences.  The Pew Forum titled the survey, "Mormons in America: Certain in Their Beliefs, Uncertain of Their Place in Society." During the 2011 campaign for a Republican candidate for president, members of the Church of Jesus Christ, who are often referred to as Mormons, came under the spotlight for better or for worse. Journalists began to call this the "Mormon moment." (Read more...)
Slate Magazine annually awards honors to 80 influential people over age 80, called "80 Over 80." In October, 2009, the magazine chose Thomas S. Monson, President and Prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the number one most influential American over age 80.
"The top spot this year goes to 82-year-old Thomas S. Monson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the only person on the list to rule over millions of people as a prophet of God. Enjoy it while you can, Monson—you're only old once." 
In 2010, President Monson won the award again.  "Slate predicts that Monson will claim the top spot until his death. It is expected that at that time Boyd K. Packer, octogenarian current president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, will succeed him as prophet and president, and most likely as Slate's top octagnerian as well." 
Like a Broken Vessel — Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland:
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