The devil is in the details. I offered to pay my way to extend any help I might
give, as a medical professional/certified in emergency rescue; helping in the
Sendai area. I certainly would not hold anyone responsible for any health risks
I may have to deal with, better me than a guy who is very young and hasn't
experienced life, marriage, raising children. This was the embassy response, in
other words US and Japanese leaders don't want missionaries in the area, nor
other US citizens. BY US LAW, we are not allowed to take such risks even
voluntarily. ("state" address means state dept)From:
"JapanEmergencyUSC" Date: March 19, 2011 3:07:29 AM MSTTo:
-----------------Subject: RE: Offer to assist in the Sendai areaDear Mr. Bobkins:Thank you for your inquiry.Our number
one priority is the safety of U.S. citizens overseas, and wetake the risks
of exposure to radiation very seriously. While youroffer to assist is
appreciated, there are strict guidelines that preventus from accepting
such an offer. Sincerely,Japan Task Force
As Parents of a missionary in Sendai, we were very grateful that our daughter
has been transferred out of the sendai area, so that the japanese could focus
on their own needs without having to worry about others who are less needy. We
feel the church has acted on the concerns of parents of missionaries and now
they can concentrate aid for Japan.
I like bobkins idea that we should fast for everyone in Japan, from their
leaders who are making terribly difficult decisions almost hourly; to all the
people sleeping in freezing conditions.And certainly, send money or
commodities to the greatest extent possible.I think times like these bring
out the best and worst in all of us.May we search out our very best in
behalf of all of the people of Japan.I suggest we fast this coming Sunday
and show our love and concern for everyone suffering in this disaster.It
could easily be us next time!
For those who did not hear the press conference, including Mr. Taylor, the
simple little quote "We express our sympathy and support for all of the
people of Japan," completely fails to capture the REPEATED emphasis Elder
Holland placed on the concern and help for ALL the people of Japan. Elder
Holland specifically said, "I cannot emphasize enough that our concern and
assistance is for all the people of Japan, without regard for religious
affiliation, not just LDS missionaries and members." He repeated this
sentiment at least 4 more times throughout the press conference. As his former
home teacher, I can assure you, Elder Holland is aware of how myopic and tribal
the members of the Church get, and how concerned he is that we expand our vision
and cease giving preferential treatment, attention, and concern to only
"our own" members. I repeat, the one little, obscure quote provided
by Mr. Taylor completely missed the message Elder Holland was trying to convey.
It is good to see the Church sending donations to the Japanese Red Cross. I
wonder if the Church will send in a medical team as it did in Haiti and later in
a slightly different situation in New Guinea? My guess is probably not, and if
it does it would try to use medical professionals already in Japan. I would like to thank the DN for keeping us posted on the LDS response to this
developing disaster. I hope Elder Holland is right and the nuclear threat is
less than what some are suggesting.
I have to thank Brother Taylor for the specific nationality break-down of the
missionaries in Japan. It is nice to get concrete figures instead of general
I checked the time stamps before writting this, and I am sure IMLDS2 is
responding to the same article I see. That means that it is the article that
contains the quote from Elder Holland about being concerned for all the people
in Japan.This is a good article. Beyond anything else we must
realize it is written under a tight deadline, and so we should appreciate that
the DN is seeking to keep up with the most recent developments in this ever
changing sotry, where the biggest threat is nuclear metldown that may or may not
I am grateful to all who have commented about this article. Each person seems
sincere and without question, concerned about the multitudes of Japanese
citizens who no longer know life and it's comforts, as we do, in this very
moment, at our computers. The concern and caring that is the
underlying thene, comforts ME. I am still surrounded by people who care for and
about one another. That is really what all this crazy life is all about, my
dear neighbors. Thank you for reassuring me that YOU are still good and willing
to reach out to those trully in need!
David in CA | 9:54 p.m. March 15, 2011 Livermore, CALet's All keep
praying for the People (All the People) in Japan.Let's also send a
little help (sometimes as $$) when we can.The article said the LDS Church
will have a system in place soonto send some $$. I'm sure the LDS Church
Humanitarian Programwill get the $$ where it can do the Most Good.God Bless...-------------As the article stated, the
Church has donated to the Red Cross. The Japanese Red Cross website directs
people to donate to their own country's Red Cross, which will in turn send the
money to Japan. (You can designate your U.S. donations to go to tsunami
relief.)The Red Cross DOES have the expertise to help in situations
like these. The Japanese Red Cross actually owns and operates hospitals in
Japan, and has both professional disaster relief staff and hundreds and hundreds
of trained volunteers.
Scott Taylor:Please discount any whining in these posts about your
reporting--and by extension, your implied inadequate concern for the Japanese
people who have been so effected by this earthquake.Many of us HAVE
NOT FORGOTTEN your wonderful service to the Haitian people and the pictures of
you with the little children when you were sent by the DesNews to cover that
To K: I don't know if you know it or not but missionaries are more than 19 year
old kids. Many are young adults and yes they are victims. They are being
ministered to by members of their wards and branches as well as by their Mission
Presidents who have been called to look after them. Currently, these Mission
Presidents know these young adults possibly better than their own parents and
can do what is needed. Many are victims and will need care later in life. Some
won't and will continue to carry on. They are in God's hands and will be given
much.The move into safer areas is a good move and one directed b the
Lord. Do you know better for them than the Lord?
I want to express my heart felt sadness to the wonderful Japanese people. While living in japan as a missionary, we were very much aware of tsunami. My prayers are with you.
How about a special fast with donations specifically dedicated to helping the
country of Japan and its people recover, thus expanding what the church can do?
These are 19-21 year old kids, most of which are in a foreign country. They have
been through countless earthquakes as many aftershocks have been over 6.0. They
were happening hourly. Some missionaries from there have family there who still
may not have heard from them directly if they are in a shelter in another part
of the country, and certainly not knowing about countless relatives at this
stage. Some may have been close to the tsunami and certainly under threat of the
warnings. There were a few. Also under threat and perhaps exposure to radiation
and meltdown. They are victims. They were trained for going out to
share the scriptures and do a few community service projects weekly. They were
not trained for emergency response. This isn't a hurricane that is over with
roads clear and green light to truck in supplies to pass out. Reassigning to
other mission areas other than to get them into safer areas but actually to
minister without having been ministered to should be carefully considered. Fresh
folks going in. Who aren't survivor's themselves and special skills may be
I M LDS 2: you might want to re read the news article. It states"We express our sympathy and support for all of the people of
Japan," in the news article in the second paragraph
Let's All keep praying for the People (All the People) in Japan.Let's also send a little help (sometimes as $$) when we can.The article
said the LDS Church will have a system in place soonto send some $$. I'm
sure the LDS Church Humanitarian Programwill get the $$ where it can do
the Most Good.God Bless...
While we understand there is a very real risk of radiation contamination, let us
not let that detail eclipse the very real tragedy that arose from the earthquake
and tsunami. Thousands have already died, and from current radiation
measurements, it is not expected that anyone will die or become severely ill
from the radiation exposure. Let's hope it stays that way.
For pity's sake! This is an article specifically about the missionaries and
their safety and where they are. Of course the church is concerned about all the
people of Japan...and Haiti and Thailand and Louisiana and every place that has
had a disaster. Aid gets sent immediately! And NOT just to the members. This is
a newspaper owned by the church- read mostly by church members. If people are
really so bent out of shape about our concern not being mentioned at every turn,
they can go to the church's website and look into the hunaitarian efforts being
made all over the world- NOT just for members. IMLDS2 and merc- relax!
Really! It's OK!
The reporting was fine. The Church can't move out millions of people and
relocate them but it can move the missionaries. The title also says,
"...making donations." The news article was primarily to inform about
the status of the missionaries.Mission accomplished.
I don't think IMLDS2 is overreacting. I've read very nasty comments from people
criticizing even the fact the DN was reporting for the welfare of the
missioners. I would ask the author of the article to be more accurate. As
members of the church, we have enough of nasty comments not only from boards but
from friends or acquaintances.
UteMiguel,As if you would know anything about it?
As someone who served in the Tokyo North Mission (back when there was one), I
know these missionaries are broken-hearted to hear they are leaving those areas
and people they have grown to love. But I certainly understand why the church
leaders are moving them away from the damaged areas. I wish them the best of
luck in their new missions.
I think the word is "utmost," not "upmost." @I
M LDS 2 - I think you are overreacting.
Please make sure that the missionaries have help with counseling and the medical
needs necessary. I had a son who was in Katrina and suffered some great mental
difficulties as he was sent in to help clean up.
Scott Taylor,Your reporting is horribly incomplete. I listened to
this press conference, and from the beginning, as well as several times
throughout the conference, Elder Holland emphasized and double emphasized that
they (Church leaders and members) are concerned "not just for LDS
missionaries or LDS members" but for ALL the people of Japan. They are
committed to helping ALL those affected, not just LDS, and without regard for
religious affiliation. Elder Holland went out of his way to make this point
repeatedly, almost as if he had read the ego-centric, ethno-centric,
religio-centric comments many members have made in these comment sections and
was trying to remind members who their neighbors really are (Luke 10:25-37).Yet, your article does not mention this very important point even ONCE!
That is unconscionable.At least Elder Holland recognizes that giving
preferential interest, concern, and care for those of your own faith is not
consistent with Jesus' teachings.
All the people in that area will have already affected with radiation poisoning
to some noticeable degree. This will affect them the rest of their lives.