Refugees

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“Last weekend in speaking of refugees, Sister Linda Burton asked the women of the Church to consider, ‘What if their story were my story?” Their story is our story, not that many years ago.”

Patrick Kearon, General Authority Seventy
Refuge from the Storm,” April 2016 General Conference

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“The reality of these situations must be seen to be believed. In winter I met, amongst many others, a pregnant woman from Syria in a refugee transit camp desperately seeking assurance that she would not need to deliver her baby on the cold floors of the vast hall where she was housed. Back in Syria she had been a university professor.”

Patrick Kearon, General Authority Seventy
Refuge from the Storm,” April 2016 General Conference

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“Extending care and aid is a vast range of dedicated relief workers, many of them volunteers. I saw in action a member of the Church who, for many months, worked through the night, providing for the most immediate needs of those arriving from Turkey into Greece. Among countless other endeavors, she administered first aid to those in most critical medical need; she saw that the women and children traveling alone were cared for; she held those who had been bereaved along the way and did her best to allocate limited resources to limitless need. She, as so many like her, has been a literal ministering angel, whose deeds are not forgotten by those she cared for, nor by the Lord, on whose errand she was.”

Patrick Kearon, General Authority Seventy
Refuge from the Storm,” April 2016 General Conference

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“In response to the invitation from the First Presidency to participate in Christlike service to refugees worldwide, the general presidencies of the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary have organized a relief effort entitled ‘I Was a Stranger.’ Sister Burton introduced this to the women of the Church last weekend in the general women’s session. There are multiple helpful ideas, resources, and suggestions for service on IWasAStranger.lds.org.”

Patrick Kearon, General Authority Seventy
Refuge from the Storm,” April 2016 General Conference

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“Last summer I met Sister Yvette Bugingo, who at age 11 fled from place to place after her father was killed and three of her brothers went missing in a war-torn part of the world. Yvette and the remaining family members eventually lived for six and a half years as refugees in a neighboring country until they were able to move to a permanent home, where they were blessed by a caring couple who helped with transportation, schools, and other things. She said they ‘were basically an answer to our prayers.’ Her beautiful mother and adorable little sister are with us tonight, singing in the choir. I have wondered many times since meeting these wonderful women, ‘What if their story were my story?’ ”

Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President
I Was a Stranger,”April 2016 General Conference

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“It is our hope that you will prayerfully determine what you can do—according to your own time and circumstance—to serve the refugees living in your neighborhoods and communities. This is an opportunity to serve one on one, in families, and by organization to offer friendship, mentoring, and other Christlike service and is one of many ways sisters can serve.”

Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President
I Was a Stranger,” April 2016 General Conference

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