LDS families finally hearing from missionaries in Japan

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  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    March 16, 2011 2:40 p.m.

    It is interesting how willing to respond to the posting of trolls we are here.

    I would like to thank Scott Taylor for all the work he does to keep us up to date on the status of missionaries and church members around the world.

  • sgraves winchester, ohio
    March 16, 2011 6:15 a.m.

    Everyone please, lets keep our minds, our thoughts, our prayers centered on the subject at hand ie: our young missionary boys and girls and their families who undoubtedly are going through a very difficult time, lets try to put ourselves in their position, lets remember love and charity at this time. If you know any missionaries and are close to them, then you would be able to put your own ideas to rest during this time and keep your focus on Japan and the families of these missionaries My heart aches for all the mothers and fathers who have children over there right now. May God bless all of you and comfort you during this time.

  • Serenity Manti, UT
    March 16, 2011 12:43 a.m.

    Ann Nevile, Dear, what are you talking about? Who are the anti-American Zealots? What have they to do with the earthquake in Japan or the safety of all the missionaries? Is this an off-topic answer? Why is the LDS Church an activist group? The Church does not usually get involved in political situations. Even in Prop 8, it was the members who were supporting it. The Church does offer guidelines for sinful behavior, but that does not make them anti-anything. They are only obeying God's commandments. That's their job. What in the world caused this undeserved attack where you say the zealots are not welcome here? I don't understand your comments at all. Sorry

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 15, 2011 10:17 p.m.

    Re: ann nevile | 12:43 p.m. March 15, 2011

    Your comment doesn't make any sense. As you must undoubtedly realize the LDS Church has both a commercial and a charitable arm. One is taxable and one is tax exempt.

    A tax exemption doesn't come at the cost of the First Amendment right to free speech.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 15, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    re:ann nevile

    say what?? Political activist group? Anti-American? The LDS church does stand - along with Catholics and Baptists and Jews etc.. for morality , the protection of the family and sanctity of human life. Thank goodness for their political activism in the case of prop 8 in California. The LDS church is as patriotic a group as any in this country. Also as far as humanitarian relief after disasters - hurricanes, earth quakes, etc... the LDS is always among the first to offer aid. I would say this qualifies as very "christian" and very "American".

  • katamb-midvale Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 15, 2011 1:01 p.m.

    Ann from Chicago: Your comment doesn't make any sense. What does the LDS Church or Catholic Church standing up for morality have to do with becoming a political activist group? And where in this article does it talk about anti-American zealots? Please stay on subject. We're talking about the Japan earthquake, not Prop 8. Thank you.

  • ann nevile chicago, il
    March 15, 2011 12:43 p.m.

    The LDS church should use their tax exempt status sincce they have become a political activist group. The Catholic church can go right with them. Anti-American zealots are not welcoome here.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 15, 2011 12:37 p.m.

    having had a son that served in Miami and Bahama islands I can tell you first hand what it is like to wait for word after a disaster hits an area (hurricane's in our case). It is gut wrenching. There is so much uncertainty and parents really get their faith tested. I will say that the the mission presidents do an excellent job of handling disaster situtions and making sure the missionaries are all accounted for. Glad all missionaires in Japan are ok.

  • O'really Idaho Falls, ID
    March 15, 2011 12:20 p.m.

    Prayers for all the survivors of this terrible tragedy who have gone through something very traumatic! (Sometimes surviving is worse than dying.) I trust the Lord will send his tender mercies to strengthen and help them. Maybe the LDS missionaries were spared specifically to be some of those angels of mercy.

  • TheOfficalCall Spanish Fork, UT
    March 15, 2011 10:53 a.m.

    It is tough to say The Lord blessed some and not others, not sure how to best say it, the missionaries were protected, they were out of harms way. Had those missionaries not been where there were who knows where they would have been. Given my passed missionary experience, at 3:30 the only people who might know where I was were the people that may have invited us into their homes or those who slammed the door in my face. We never left a note or told anyone where we were going in the afternoon or for the morning for that fact.

    I hope the people of the world can come to the aid of the people of Japan. The tough part about the whole thing is the time of the year, Winter without a home is incomprehensible. Wondering what I can do to help beside pray and hope.

  • sgraves winchester, ohio
    March 15, 2011 9:09 a.m.

    ever since I heard about this I have been so concerned for our missionaries over there, I am so filled with joy that they are all ok. We have a missionary in our branch who has a cousin serving in Japan, this past sunday I asked our Branch President if he had any news, and he told us all of them are ok. what relief I felt and joy for all of the parents and families who have and are making such great sacrifices so their children can serve over there. and even hear. I am so happy that our Heavenly Father is watching over them. But what can we do from hear to help our missionaries or their families. Can anyone tell me what they need and how to get it to them.
    thank you

  • K Mchenry, IL
    March 15, 2011 9:02 a.m.

    Protected and angels?

    Surely the thousands who perished and children who have lost parent's have not been unprotected in all of this.

    There is phone service as spoty as internet service. Not all were in the tsunami area.

  • PAC Phoenix, AZ
    March 15, 2011 8:48 a.m.

    To all the Family of the missionaries and all the people of Japan.. May God bless you in your time of need. The Angles were there that day...

  • NT Springville, UT
    March 15, 2011 8:21 a.m.

    May the Lord bless the missionaries and their families there in Japan and throughout the world. And, may the Lord bless the families and friends of all whose lives have been affected.

  • Mc West Jordan, UT
    March 15, 2011 8:10 a.m.

    I'm amazed that they can even email! Those 8 missionaries who can't return to their homes might be dead right now if they had not been at the zone conference. They really were protected!

  • Fukuoka Fukuoka, Japan
    March 15, 2011 3:01 a.m.

    The Japanese LDS church website just announced that the two Japanese sister missionaries serving in Ishinomaki, who had been out of contact with the mission for a day, were located by the Branch President.

  • justamom Provo, UT
    March 15, 2011 12:28 a.m.

    What an amazing story...The Lord was certainly looking out for his servants on this day. At a zone conference 35 miles inland....I'm still crying as I write, I have a missionary whom I pray for daily for his safety and for his work and for others serving the Lord...I guess it just wasn't time for any of those Elders or Sisters to go "Home" yet...I'm so glad for the families!

    @K...seriously? Have you seen the pictures showing what actually happened? Go to the website that allows you to see the before and after pictures...maybe that will help you understand why they can't just call directly....but, instead have to e-mail, or get word through other means.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    March 14, 2011 10:14 p.m.

    Why aren't they calling home directly?