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'Harrowing' scenes behind them, Mormon missionaries evacuate Tacloban

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 12 2013 8:20 p.m. MST

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JWB
Kaysville, UT

Having flown C-130s in the Philippines in the 1970s and 1980s in the Philippines, it reassuring to know that people are still blessed to have that workhorse of an aircraft still there, when needed in so many humanitarian missions. We flew relief to Bangladesh during their storms as many times in the Philippines leaving food and clean water.

The United States of America and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are there, also in so many events. It is heart warming to see people that are just normal people living in their environment helping others less fortunate after a tragedy. Having lived in Mississippi and seeing people we knew helping during and after Katrina showed how much the people want to help and give of themselves.

We are blessed to have good people as neighbors and friends, no matter where we live. Sacrifice brings blessings even though people aren't necessarily looking for those when they serve others.

Thanks for those surrogate parents in the Philippines that are watching over the missionaries and others in their neighborhoods, barrios, baranguays, and individuals on those 7,000 islands of the Philippines.

Thanks to missionaries that will share again.

thebigsamoan
Richmond, VA

So grateful that the United States and the LDS Church and others are almost always at the forefront of every and all disaster areas around the world wherever and whenever they happen. I keep hearing about other countries pledging help but I never hear of them sending any aircrafts with people and supplies or anything like that to help. How are they helping? Just wondering! It would be comforting to know that other super power countries besides the U.S., like China, Russia, etc, are sending ships with supplies to aid in the rescue and rebuilding operations of lives affected. God bless and comfort all those affected! Ten thousands plus lives lost and thousands more left homeless in a matter of hours, maybe minutes, is hard to imagine!

The most difficult question for me is why does God allow these things to happen? Couldn't he direct those horrible storms to countless other areas of the world that are not inhabited at all? And we are still taught to believe that He loves us! It's oh so hard to fathom and comprehend! Yet I still believe as my thoughts are not His!

A Scientist
Provo, UT

Thank you for changing the headline. The previous one made it sound like Mormons were the only people helping in this disaster.

But even this headline suggests that Mormons helping is newsworthy. Shouldn't it be done "in secret"? (Mat. 6:4). I know many secular philanthropies and nonbelievers who do not publicize their humanitarian aid, even though they have no command from the other world not to.

kvnsmnsn
Springville, UT

Thebigsamoan posted:

=The most difficult question for me is why does God allow these things to
=happen? Couldn't he direct those horrible storms to countless other areas of
=the world that are not inhabited at all? And we are still taught to believe
=that He loves us! It's oh so hard to fathom and comprehend!

It's been a long time since I thought God was able to do things like "direct those horrible storms to ... other areas of the world that are not inhabited." God has a lot of power, more power than anybody else has, but I tend to think that after God created the universe He kind of let things happen as natural laws direct. Instead of changing the weather to benefit humans, God has concentrated on communicating with those humans in order to get them to have the happiness from God's peace that doesn't require good weather. That's more beneficial anyway.

WRK
Riverton, UT

It is amazing to me that there are some (who shall remain nameless) not of my religion who profess to now more about my religion than I do. Why are those people not part of my religion, since they know so much about my religion.

Demisana
South Jordan, UT

To A Scientist. As a Mormon, I'm very interested in knowing what help is being offered by my church. That's one reason why I read the Deseret News in the first place.

I just wonder where all the anti-religion folks go when there's a story like this. They're always so quick to jump on the bandwagon to criticize, I guess when there's nothing but praiseworthy stuff it's not worth their time. For example, I've read many comments over the years about how awful it is that we build expensive chapels etc, when we could be feeding the hungry. Of course, now that those chapels have survived the earthquake and the typhoon to house the homeless, those commenters are nowhere to be found...

thebigsamoan
Richmond, VA

@Scientist,

"But even this headline suggests that Mormons helping is newsworthy. Shouldn't it be done "in secret"? (Mat. 6:4). I know many secular philanthropies and nonbelievers who do not publicize their humanitarian aid, even though they have no command from the other world not to."

Despite your insinuation that the Church's purpose is to publicize it's efforts to help around the world, I can assure you that that's never the purpose. We live in an age of information, and how sad would it be if after we hear of devastation like this no one knows if anyone is helping at all? There are people around the world who are genuinely concern and they need to know that we're not just hearing about the destruction but what and who's out there to help. If there are secular philanthropies and non believers that are helping, great! But how do we know that they are actually there? Sometimes we need to see some evidences and proof. Anyone can claim they're helping but it doesn't mean they are.

dotGone
Puyallup, WA

I like hearing about how the Church helps in disasters and I love to hear how local wards help each other and neighbors. It's inspiring. When there's a tsunami or earthquake or some other natural disaster, I always check DN and lds.org to see what the church is doing to help. It's comforting. It makes me feel good for my donations that help the church have the resources, although my contributions are very small. Reading about it helps me see and think about how we would handle disasters here in WA state.

John T
Scranton, PA

I applaud vigorously the LDS Church's disaster relief work. Despite the nay-saying of certain folks regarding the church's motives for doing this, it should be noted that disaster relief of this magnitude cannot go unnoticed; today's media wouldn't allow it. Mormons helping hands have been present at countless disasters, working hand-in-hand with other relief agencies. Indeed, FEMA could learn a thing or two from how the LDS Church prepares for and executes relief efforts. Thanks again, all of you involved in all of the various aspects of the LDS Church disaster relief program. Truly, you are demonstrating the "Fruit of the Spirit."

mecr
Bountiful, UT

If letting know others by the media that the Church is giving a hand to those in need, make members like us to find a way to cooperate, so be it. Instead of criticizing, we could do something more beneficial, don't you think? Leaving now to donate some blood.

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