The Military also releases statements regarding their American Servicemen and
Women.Every time events like this take place, it stands to reason,
the locals want to know how their loved ones are doing.It does not
mean they're only thinking of themselves, nor does it mean their prayers and
thoughts and empathy are not also being directred at those they do not know.And yet, predictably, every time, the Critics come out of their
woodwork, once again accusing those concerned for Their Family & Friends as
being narcisistic and heartless. Same old Same oldJust
read an article from a Tulsa Oklahoma paper commenting on Noah Hartsog of BYU
and how he is doing. Local papers/media report on things which pertain to their
citizens and community all the time.Just more nitpicky
"Nattering Nabobs of Negativism"....S. Agnew
to In Arizona: Deseret New is responsible for what people post because they can
and do refuse to post some comments. Actually, Deseret News does
monitor comments. But they do print people's opinions. They are not
responsible how people feel and they print all sorts of comments from Mormons
and non-Mormons alike; they print the pros and cons to every subject. If the
submitters present nonabusive, inoffensive views in 200 words or less, they will
post it. They put the rules for posting on the page where the posts for
publishing are typed.
In such crisis situations, our LDS hearts and prayers (and relief efforts)
should always go out, not just for OUR missionaries - or even for OUR fellow
church members - but for all those affected.I know that the prayers
I've heard in my family and at Church this Sunday were certainly not focused
just on our missionaries.
It is a wonderful miracle for any who survived that horrendous tragedy. Plate
tectonics cause earthquakes not God. Not normally anyway. We are here to deal
with life and life includes both miracles and tragedies. Wouldn't we be
ungrateful to not feel joy for the miracles?The joy is for this mortal
life as well. It has a somewhat 'selfish' side in wanting those we love and care
for to be with us as long as possible but we do understand that the greater joy
is for eternal life not this mortal life. There is great sadness knowing that
the ones who lost their life have people who love them and feel a devastating
loss. Is it so wrong to be happy the ones we care for were saved from
death? I dont think so. That happiness does not mean we are uncaring about those
To Serenity: Deseret New is responsible for what people post because they can
and do refuse to post some comments.
korn 75. This is the Deseret News afterall. If I don't agree with the church and
it's members, I'm probably not welcome. Sorry you feel that way.
Des News is not responsible for what people post as everyone is allowed to their
own feelings. But the parents and relatives of the missionaries over there are
more concerned about their own sons and daughters then the masses of other
victims. Wouldn't you be if you had a son over there now and did not hear from
him? Would you not be praying for him and hoping for a miracle? If he were
found safe among the destruction, would you not consider it a miracle? Please
understand personal ties and family ties. We pray for the people of Japan
and the Church will do everything to help the victims, as it always does. But
please don't condemn the parents of the sons and daughters serving missions in
Sendai for being very thankful that their children are safe.
all the members of the Catholic church are all accounted for also
Keep focus and don't be troubled by those filled with contention. I was thrilled
to see that the missionaries are safe.
korn, no one said you were not welcome, please understand that there is great
anxiety for everyone involved in this, but when someone has a connection, then
they are focused on those they feel connected to. Say the Utah Jazz were playing
an off season game in Japan, and this happened, we would all be relieved to hear
of their safety, yet sad for the loss of others. PS/ Deseret News,
I do not try to attack or say things that are sarcastic, I try to be very polite
in replies and you rejected a comment I had made in here. I had another one
where I listed a website for indexing and so I wrote to you and you said, your
welcome to re post, well that is fine when I know which one was rejected, but if
I have made 3 or 4 posts, I am clueless, please send a copy of the post, then I
can figure out what is wrong, or not and re post it.
Re korn75:I dont know a single person who is not praying for every person
in Japan.What a selfish and careless attack. I hope your heart will change
as I pray for you also. Our church does not teach hate and were are taught to
pray for our enemies and accusers also as well as love them.
Alt134 is not over thinking it. Too many don't think it through enough. Why does
God only get praised for good things that happen? I'm sorry, but the
"Mysterious ways" excuse just doesn't cut it for a reason to murder
thousands of people. Missionaries are safe, great, so a few prayers were
answered...it's just too bad about all those others that were ignored.
This morning when I woke up and saw the news that 9500 people were missing, and
I knew that the epicenter was by Sandai, and that they had not accounted yet for
those missionaries. I really thought that they had not made it and was so glad
to read this article. I will also be glad to hear of the LDS members in Japan
and the people who are from Utah, of all religions and hear if they are safe.
But if lives have been lost, I also hope for comfort and help to those people.
And what I can do is pray for them. Most of the people in Japan are not
Christian, but I don't think that they are going to mind Christian people
praying for them.
Wow, you negative posters. It is a news story that means a lot to many people,
and you do not need to write a post if you are going to be mean spirited. I am grateful that our missionaries are safe, and I continue to pray for the
people of Japan to have strength and fortitude through this devastating
Maybe for that mother or father, his/her prayer was answered. Yes, the death
troll is sad and it hurts too but if you have a loved one there, maybe the words
would had made more sense to you. And I am pretty sure, those who were praying
for their missionaries, are still praying for the people of Japan so they can
overcome this tragedy. I am sure they will rejoice with every person who is
found and they will pray for every one who is still missing.
@alt134You're overthinking it.
But don't get me wrong, I'm glad that the missioanries are alright and hope that
the casualty count stops climbing (though I'm aware that that's unlikely to be
the case for some time). I'm just saying that one person's "our prayers
were answered and God gave him/her protection" is another person's
"why didn't God answer our prayers?".
"It was a terrible tragedy but to believe that no one was blessed during it
or prayers were not answered is ridiculous."It's not that
rediculous a thought, and it's easiest to explain by reversing the scenario.
What if one of the missionaries was among the victims? Are we going to say that
God caused that? That he didn't answer prayers? That people just didn't pray for
that particular missionary? Was that missionary cursed instead of blessed?
MoJules - You're right. This is the Deseret News afterall. If I don't agree with
the church and it's members, I'm probably not welcome.
It's ongoing tragedy. Safe is a relative term right now. This isn't over. Yes I can imagine good to hear loved ones still with us.
korn, my heart aches for the destruction and death and potential danger for the
people in Japan. But also my heart rejoices that these young men and woman who
are thousands of miles from home and doing a service are safe. If I had a
family member there and they survived, yes my prayers would be answered and I
would rejoice, but also my heart would ache for those that didn't survive.
korn75, you are the one out of line here, every mother and that has sent a
child on a mission feels relief and joy for the mothers and fathers that know
that their child is alive today. This article was about the missionaries who
had not been accounted for, so the person who was posting about being happy was
commenting on this article. If you are not happy that they are OK, then you
probably should not post here.
Re korn75:"Oh brother. Hundreds of people are confirmed dead.
Thousands more are missing. A nuclear power plant is at a risk of a meltdown and
there are unreal amounts of damage.... yet you say "prayers were answered,
people were blessed"??? UNBELIEVABLE. I'm sure the poor people of Japan
would be so happy to that...I'm so sorry to everyone in Japan who
has been affected and/or killed by this TERRIBLE disaster. "It
was a terrible tragedy but to believe that no one was blessed during it or
prayers were not answered is ridiculous. I have family that is in the Sendai
mission and I and my family have been praying for them. Our prayers have been
answered now that we have heard from them, and they shared how they had been
blessed and protected so they weren't injured. Seeing the hand of the Lord in a
time of crisis is common, and it doesn't take away from the magnitude of the
Oh brother. Hundreds of people are confirmed dead. Thousands more are missing. A
nuclear power plant is at a risk of a meltdown and there are unreal amounts of
damage.... yet you say "prayers were answered, people were blessed"???
UNBELIEVABLE. I'm sure the poor people of Japan would be so happy to that...I'm so sorry to everyone in Japan who has been affected and/or killed by
this TERRIBLE disaster.
Wonderful news! Prayers are answered, people were blessed, miracles happened.
These missionaries will now work miracles as they continue to serve the Japanese