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Latter-day Saint leaders reaffirm support for refugees, urge members to ‘create welcoming communities’

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reaffirmed its support for refugees Monday, encouraging members to “create welcoming communities" for those trying to integrate into society.

“We are deeply committed to living the two great commandments to love God and love our neighbor,” the Utah-based faith’s governing First Presidency said in a news release. “We feel tremendous joy in helping all of God’s children, no matter where they may live in this world.”

The release comes a month after Gov. Gary Herbert sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking that more refugees be sent to Utah.