STK Salt Lake Temple and Utah State Capitol

The Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at left, is pictured with the Utah State Capitol, at right, on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, in Salt Lake City. 

With the powerful Hurricane Irma moving through the Caribbean toward the mainland United States, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement Wednesday evening on its storm preparations.

“As this serious hurricane has approached the Caribbean and continues in its path west and north, we have taken important steps to prepare. Members and missionaries have been given instruction on seeking shelter, gathering food and water and preparing for the days ahead. As necessary, missionaries have been or will be moved to other locations. As it has for other disasters, the Church is monitoring this situation closely and preparing to respond with relief and recovery efforts as soon as possible. During this critical time, the people of these regions are in our thoughts and prayers.”

This is the second major hurricane to threaten the United States this summer. Last month, Hurricane Harvey came ashore in Texas and caused widespread flooding, particularly around Houston.

The LDS Church’s response to Harvey included donating significant funds and sending 18 truckloads of water and supplies to Houston and other Texas communities, according to the church. Many church members in the area were also organizing into work parties to help with the cleanup. Dieter Uchtdorf, second counselor in the church’s First Presidency, traveled to the area Sunday.