'Harrowing' scenes behind them, Mormon missionaries evacuate Tacloban
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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...
@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.
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.
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."
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.