Patrick Hiltbrand of Pocatello, Idaho, was one of the 638 LDS missionaries serving in Japan when a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck on March 11.

In this World Blog article from MSNBC News, Hiltbrand, who was recently moved to the Sapporo Mission for safety reasons, shares what he experienced during the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

Despite these events, Hiltbrand and his family feel Japan is where he should be. 

"(To ask) for him to come home never even went through our minds," Hiltbrand's mother, Corrie, said. "Patrick is where he has planned to be all his life. ... We knew he was where needed to be and when we heard from him that he had been protected. And we know that he will be protected."

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