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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear honored The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with a faith-based service award for humanitarian work in the wake of devastating flooding in eastern Kentucky in July 2022.

Elder Nathan A. Craig of the Tenth Quorum of the Seventy accepted the award on behalf of the Church during a ceremony on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at the Mellwood Art Center in Louisville. This was the first time since 2019 that the annual Governor’s Service Awards event (now in its 27th year) was held in person.

“I was honored to represent these incredible volunteers from 29 stakes throughout the region [including parts of West Virginia, Virgina, Ohio and Tennessee] who lived as the Savior taught by coming to the aid of their neighbor,” Elder Craig said.

Some 3,000 Latter-day Saints participated in the two-week volunteer effort. They brought relief to survivors with food, water, cleaning supplies and hygiene kits. They gave 65,872 hours of service to clean out 867 damaged homes.

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