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Published: Friday, March 11 2011 9:45 a.m. MST

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mecr
Bountiful, UT

My prayers witht the people of Japan. I hope they can hear from the missionaries soon and they are all safe.

jane
Hereford, AZ

Any word from Laie?

washcomom
Beaverton, OR

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.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

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.

Reasonable Person
Layton, UT

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.

NT
Springville, UT

@Chuck

I 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.

es723
Laie, HI

@Jane - Laie is fine. Warning changed to advisory and all is well

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Re: NT - 11:30 a.m. March 11, 2011
Springville, UT
@Chuck

I 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.

bilbo
Mayer, AZ

HAM RADIO predates CB by decades.
CB don't compare.

lronl
Idaho Falls, ID

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"

IJ
Hyrum, Ut

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.

AlaskanLDS
Juneau, AK

@Ironl
Could you post the link for the Sendai Mission website?

@Brother Chuck
In Haiti and Chile, we saw the Mission presidents rely on Sat phones to communicate with church headquarters after their earthquakes.

apache1
Phoenix, AZ

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.

worf
Mcallen, TX

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.

bobosmom
small town, Nebraska

@ 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 horrible quake.

vcsheffield
Iowa City, IA

The Sendai mission alumni web page can be found by simply performing a google search of Sendai mission alumni.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Re: vcsheffield - 4:16 p.m Iowa City, IA
The Sendai mission alumni.....

Reply: Sendai mission alumni
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 (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 THERE ALREADY.

Elder Dave
Livermore, CA

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 this
tragedy.

VA Saint
Chester, VA

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?

AzObserver
Fredonia, Arizona

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.

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