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Mormon missionaries all accounted for in Philippines

Published November 14, 2013 8:24 pm

Killer Typhoon • Among those found alive and well are two missionaries from Utah.
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The Utah-based LDS Church on Monday night had accounted for the safety of all of its missionaries in the typhoon-ravaged Philippines.

The church reported about 7:15 p.m. that it had made contact with all the missionaries in the 21 Philippine missions and had notified the parents of the missionaries that they were safe.

As of Monday, the Utah families of Elder Gregory Baker, of Cache County, and his missionary companion Preston Hughes, of West Valley City, reported they had been notified their sons had been found alive and well.

An estimated 10,000 people reportedly died when the typhoon, the most severe for the Pacific on record, hammered the island nation. As many as 600,000 Filipinos were without homes.

Meanwhile, the Mormon church is one of many faith- and nonprofit relief organizations working to provide food, shelter and other aid to the Philippine people.

Those who want to donate should be careful to ensure they are donating to a legitimate organization.

To donate to the Red Cross, visit redcross.org and click on the Philippines story on the lower left corner, where there's a link to make donations.

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