( The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement today following the devasting earthquake in Chile:

We, along with the rest of the world, are watching with concern as reports from the massive earthquake in Chile continue to unfold.  As with any disaster, immediate details are difficult to confirm. Here is what we know so far:

“Eight of the Church’s nine Chilean mission presidents have checked in and are reporting all missionaries are safe and accounted for.  We are still trying to reach the mission president in the Concepción South Mission, which is closest to the epicenter and two missionaries on the Juan Fernandez Islands off the coast of Chile.  We will provide more information as it becomes available.”