My prayers witht the people of Japan. I hope they can hear from the missionaries
soon and they are all safe.
Any word from Laie?
Terrible devastation. Even by Japan's standards, this is a horrific disaster. My
thoughts and prayers go out to the people living in the earthquake and tsunami
zones affected by these tremors.
I don't wish-off any harm on anyone, but with all contact down, cell phones,
computers etc., how will they know, what's going on there, by a message in a
bottle?."The LDS Church continues to assess the status of its
missionaries serving in the Japan Sendai Mission following a massive,
magnitude-8.9 earthquake that hit off Japan's northeast coast."That's what I want to know.
It's wonderful that your church has missionaries there!What a
blessing it will be for the people of Japan, to see your young men and women
helping out during this disaster. There's much they can do.
@ChuckI don't know about how it is done outside of Utah or in Japan
specifically, but I do know that the LDS Church has emergency communication
plans in place. For example, in Utah there are networks of ham radio operators
utilized to communicate needed information.Having said that, please
- if anyone gets substantiated info about the status of the Sendai missionaries
before the news publishes something, please post it here.Thanks.
@Jane - Laie is fine. Warning changed to advisory and all is well
Re: NT - 11:30 a.m. March 11, 2011 Springville, UT @ChuckI don't know about how it is done outside of Utah or in Japan specifically,
but I do know that the LDS Church has emergency communication plans in place.
For example, in Utah there are networks of ham radio operators utilized to
communicate needed information.Reply: I have been a LDS Member for
over 50 years, it's true that the LDS Church has emergency communication plans
in place, BUT without power, and all contact down, cell phones, computers etc.,
how will they know, what's going on there. They won't be able to. No one
thinks of that though. We know in Utah there are networks of ham radio
operators utilized to communicate needed information, that's been around ever
since they made CB Radios, but again, no one will hear that "breaker 19,
breaker 19, you got a copy on me", when the towers are down and no power,
unless one can swim, and get a 12 volt battery out of those cars that all washed
away. Thanks for the reply, I know you meant well.
HAM RADIO predates CB by decades.CB don't compare.
Here is some information I just saw on the Japan Sendai Mission website:
"News from the Mission: March 11, 2011 Earthquake/Tsunami -- Webmaster
Note: I received the following email from President Tateoka at 1PM MT: All
is well as far as I know. Koriyama zone elders are at the evacuation center.
Honbu is at the evacuation center. Ishinomaki is at the evacuation center.
Morioka Elders, Kamisugi Elders and Sisters are safe. We could not get back to
Sendai and had to turn back to Koriyama after 6 hours of driving. We have no
phone contact. Thanks for your prayers. Love, President Tateoka"
Are we seeing the continuing fulfillment of the scriptures? I do believe so. I
know Japan would not qualify as a diverse place when it come to earthquakes, but
just look at all the natural disasters we have experienced in just a short time.
@IronlCould you post the link for the Sendai Mission website?@Brother ChuckIn Haiti and Chile, we saw the Mission presidents rely on
Sat phones to communicate with church headquarters after their earthquakes.
I am deeply saddened and stunned to see the scenes of horrific damage that has
hit Japan due to the massive 8.9 earthquake and the devastating tsunami that
swept over the area. I not only hope and pray for the members of the church who
live in that beautiful country but I will keep in both thoughts and prayers ALL
of the people who have suffered such a huge loss in both life and property.
I hope our government stays out of the relief effort in Japan. Our country has
many groups willing to help with work and donations. Much of the money donated
to the Haiti earthquake victims were lost and they're still suffering.
@ es723 Glad to know Laie is safe. My former missionary companion lives there.
Our prayers go out the the Japanese people in the aftermath of the
The Sendai mission alumni web page can be found by simply performing a google
search of Sendai mission alumni.
Re: vcsheffield - 4:16 p.m Iowa City, IA The Sendai mission alumni.....Reply: Sendai mission alumniMarch 11, 2011 Earthquake/Tsunami --
Webmaster Note: I received the following email from President Tateoka at 1PM MT:
All is well as far as I know. Koriyama zone elders are at the
evacuation center. Honbu (Mission Home) is at the evacuation center. Ishinomaki
is at the evacuation center. Morioka Elders, Kamisugi Elders and Sisters are
safe. We could not get back to Sendai and had to turn back to Koriyama after 6
hours of driving. We have no phone contact. Thanks for your prayers. Love,
President Tateoka. The Japan Sendai Mission is one of six LDS missions
currently operating in Japan. In the Mission History section, Sendai Mission
cities and meetinghouses are discussed in detail, as is the history of LDS Japan
Mission boundaries and areas. Note: Effective July 1, 2010, the Hiroshima
Mission was dissolved and absorbed into the Fukuoka Mission (Yamaguchi &
Hiroshima Stakes) and the Kobe Mission (all other areas). This web site is NOT
maintained by the mission, but is a place for returned missionaries to keep in
contact with old friends, companions and things Japanese. BEEN
Hope All is OK with All the Missionaries there in Japan and others too.Earthquakes give NO warnings usually. It's like being Caught Off Guard.I invite All to Pray for everyone that was affected by the
Earthquake.I know that the California Coastline is Also Earthquake
prone. The last Big one to strike in Northern California Stopped the Third game
of 1989's World Series game when the SF Giants and Oakland A's were playing for
the top spot.It happened during the Pre-game minutes when the Whole World
was watching because of the Baseball game.Another Big Quake will be
coming to California someday soon, and to metropolitan Utah soon too someday and
Elsewhere. Are we ready??This should be a Wake Up Call for
everyone. Not only to be prepared for an Earthquake itself, but to Be
Prepared for the possible end of our own Personal "Earth Life" if we
happen to be in the wrong spot when the next Big Earthquake comes
rumbling.Lord Bless All those in Japan and elsewhere who are
affected in thistragedy.
I am so grateful that all of our missionaries are safe, but I am continuing to
pray for all in Japan suffering from this disaster. I do want to know if those
in the Pacific Islands are okay...has anyone heard?
To worf: Our Navy ships can provide large quantities of clean drinking water
and are able transport personnel and supplies including search and rescue teams
faster and more effectively than any private or non-profit relief organization
in the world. If the government can stick to what it does best and not just
stand back and throw money, they will save lives and do more good when and where
needed than anyone else can. I also do not see how this can be legitimately
compared to Haiti. Japan has a strong government and is looking for help not
handouts. Haiti had nothing but poverty and corruption . . . and hasn't changed
much since the earthquake. There is a place for government assistance, and I
think that we probably agree that its place is important, but must be limited.
I just saw at the news they interviewed an american living in Japan. He showed
the 5 gallon bag he received when he got to evacuation center. That surprised
me. It was days before the people in that stadium in New Orleans received water.
They were talking about how well prepared Japan has been for this kind of
disaster. Don't forget this was an 8.9 earthquake plus a tsunami. If it wasn't
for the preparedness, there would be chaos. Fortunately, they were prepared. And that's what the Church has been advising the members to do so.
i am disabled but i can do some things and would volinteer t ogo help if the
church send people over there to help them
There are members all over with ham radios and many have emergency back up power
for these type of events. We personally have marine batteries, generators and
radios in cars that would last a long time after power was lost. We have
emergency mobile antennas that can be deployed within a few minutes if we had to
leave our base station at home. Ham radio operators have contests all over the
world to practice using their gear, just had one this past weekend. Many ham
radio operators have gray hair, so the younger generation needs to jump in and
learn how to run the radios and other gear.
Katrina was a hurricane and a flood. People should have been evacuated. New
Orleans should have never been allowed to grow to that population due to the
geographic traits of the area. Katrina had warning.
mecr, the other thing that is really great about the Japanese is that they do
not go and rob and damage places, they are respectful of other people's
property. I have never seen anything so unreal as the video of what
happened in Japan today, water is a very powerful thing.
To AZobserver--Yes, there are wonderful things those ships can do--and will o in
Japan, I'm sure. The sad thing about Haiti is the combination of things that
have kept that nation from progressing. One of my family members is military
and his unit was the first responder into Haiti. Sad what they saw. Then the
efforts were harmed by the civilian people put in charge by our government. One
pallet of supplies sent in to Haiti was addressed simply to "Joe".
The military folks unloading it called back to Headquarters asking, "Who
the heck is Joe?" Nobody had a clue. If the government had
let the miliary handle it, help would have been much more effective with less
corruption and things would have gone where they should have.And
after saying all that, the LDS Church still seems to have the most
cost-effective and efficient means of getting help to people. I notice on the
news that the very things people need are the things LDS Humanitarian Services
delivers--and things we are encouraged to store, also. Maybe we better start
listening! If we have plenty, we can help our neighbors.
Maybe I missed something..... All missionaries are well and acounted for. That
is good news. How the powers that be got the information is secondary to the
news. I think it is reliable and have NEVER been given a credible reason to
doubt. It is easy to see who really is in charge. It is time we recognize His
power. And I'm not revering to jimmer :-)
I woke up this morning to watch Fox News and they said that 9500 were missing in
one town, I really began to worry about the missionaries where they had not
heard for sure and where the epicenter was. So it was so wonderful to come to
Deseret News and read that they are all safe and accounted for. I can only
imagine the stress and turmoil their parents felt, until they were able to get
word. I hope that our fellow members are also safe, but of course I am very
sorry for the loss of life, home and property in Japan. I do
indexing for Family Search Indexing and the system is down right now and has not
been running well, many people have complained and I said, that what is going on
in Japan is much worse and that to not be able to do something for a few days,
is better then no home for weeks and months.
Now is the time to increase the donation to the humanitarian fund as much as
possible. It is incredible to watch the natural disasters taking place in ever
increasing numbers around the world and wonder who and what is next. The only
place to be able to help is to be prepared individually and contribute all we
can to the church to help those in need. Who knows when it will be our needs
people are praying for.
To Roberto: You say now is the time to recognize who is in charge? Does He only
protect members of the LDS Church?
Arizona, this is an LDS article about the LDS missionaries in an LDS owned
newspaper, so the comments were based on that about the Lord protecting these
missionaries. I would not be surprised if LDS members in Japan died, just like
they have in many other areas of disaster. There is so much to feel sorrow for
in the situation in Japan, it is tragic and my heart hurts for all those people,
but it is nice to have a positive in this. We should all rejoice for all human
life that survives a tragedy, like the miners this last year in Chile, I felt so
much joy for their rescue and I have not doubt that the Lord blessed them.
OK, this is an LDS article and I am going to ask an LDS related question. I am
happy that the missionaries are safe, I worry about a person that my in laws
knew and his family. He is a member of the LDS church and I wondered what news
the Church has about the members in Japan.
To MoJules: That is a good question as I'm sure that among the dead there are
members of the Church. Church headquarters is probably amassing that
information from the Stakes/District Presidents to ascertain that information.
Regional representatives (Quroum of the Seventy) are also probably working with
the Stakes and districts to get headcounts. It probably won't be known for sure
for days or even weeks. Too many lives have been lost. I'm sure that in time
those numbers will be known.