500 LDS missionaries helping neighbors in Sandy's wake

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  • TimBehrend Auckland NZ, 00
    Nov. 5, 2012 12:40 a.m.

    @softball ump : "and there are some who say mormons are not Christian?"

    There are some who say Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Sikhs are not Christian. But there they are helping with the clean-up, not realising that doing so makes them, perforce, Christian by your lights. The power of the self-confirmation bias is relentless.

    As for the eternal return to the matter of "some say Mormons aren't Christian", the only people who make that claim use a different definition of "Christian" than you do. By their definition (a theological one, based on traditional Christology rejected in LDS teachings), Mormons cannot be considered to be believers in Christ; by your definition (not based on traditional Christology) Mormons are clearly Christians just like other Christians (only uniquely correct with unique authority). You're both right, given your definitions; you just can't talk to each other across the yawning definitional chasm that neither side wants to bridge.

  • zabivka Orem, UT
    Nov. 3, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    I echo UtahBlueDevil's sentiments, although I am not religious. I would love to see less proselytizing and more practical service from all of the missionaries out there, LDS or otherwise. I think that should be the core message, and would be much better for churches than knocking on doors in just about any culture.

  • tlaulu Taylorsville, Utah
    Nov. 1, 2012 8:39 p.m.

    Right now I'm trying to sandbag the tears of joy I'm experiencing for the service these young men and young women are doing for their fellowmen. I pray for you and your families and those affected by the storm.

  • boxerdog915 Clearfield, UT
    Nov. 1, 2012 1:42 p.m.

    It's stories like these that make me proud to be a memeber of this church.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Nov. 1, 2012 1:13 p.m.

    Really folks..... I do think this is one of the finest uses of these young missionaries time right now..... I think we ought to use these young men and women more often in situations like this. It is a great way to show what we believe.

    Our young people are working side by side many other groups that are pitching in and doing what needs to be done. What a great way to intrench yourself in a community as you serve with others who are doing likewise.

  • Kate Hutch Kenmore, WA
    Nov. 1, 2012 1:13 p.m.

    Why would anybody repeat an admonition to quit giving to the Red Cross because they cannot get to absolutely everybody at once and one bellicose politician makes an unwise statement?
    Helping people is in our human nature, for most of us, and transcends politics and religion. I am glad missionaries are helping. They are among thousands upon thousands who are helping. Give blood. Send money. It all helps.

  • Gram Cracker Price, UT
    Nov. 1, 2012 11:44 a.m.

    Out of tragedy, there are always heart-warming stories of heroes. We love the missionaries and everyone else who comes out to help others. Their gift is unmeasurable. Thank you.

  • lcg Bluffdale, UT
    Nov. 1, 2012 10:48 a.m.

    In NYC the Borough President James Molinaro called the Red Cross an “absolute disgrace” and even urged the public to cease giving them contributions. Go Get 'em missionaries!!!!!

  • IJ Hyrum, Ut
    Nov. 1, 2012 10:40 a.m.

    Amen to all said. And now is the time for us to Amen what NT said.

  • Bishop King peoria, AZ
    Nov. 1, 2012 10:10 a.m.

    It's amazing what these YM+YW serving on a Mission will do. Without question, they have stepped up to serve and to give help to anyone. That's exactly what Jesus Christ would ask of them. This opportunity to serve will stay with them forever and will teach them life lessons that will be so valuable in years to come. Thanks President

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Nov. 1, 2012 9:55 a.m.

    when ye are in the service of your fellow man ye are only in the service of your God!

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Nov. 1, 2012 9:16 a.m.

    It's what Mormons do. I love the Restored Gospel.

  • NT Springville, UT
    Nov. 1, 2012 8:12 a.m.


    I am guessing that your son and my neighbors' son are companions. That is awesome.

    My nephew's mission to Japan changed from a proselyting mission to a service mission (for the most part) after the big tsunami hit there a year and a half ago. Fairly similar for these Christian soldiers in NY and along the east coast.

    But rather than beating our drums, let us send $, provisions, give blood, give service wherever we can...yes, and pray for all impacted by this and other devastating disasters, natural or otherwise.

  • DebAdams Safford, AZ
    Nov. 1, 2012 7:58 a.m.

    Awesome story! Thank you for sharing!

  • Waipahuboy WAIPAHU, HI
    Nov. 1, 2012 5:38 a.m.

    President and Sister Calderwood are the greatest....our son has the privilege of serving in the NY-NYS Mission. He is learning some of life's most valuable lessons from these wonderful leaders.

    I echo ash5mass and our beloved prophet, there's no better feeling than giving compassionate service to others. Tragedy sometimes has a silver lining, our prayers go out to all affected in the Outer Boroughs and Manhattan.

  • ash5mass us, TN
    Nov. 1, 2012 12:00 a.m.

    One of many reason why I love my Church!!!! We are most definitely Christians!!

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 10:38 p.m.

    Charity is showing you care for God's children with unfeigned service.

  • softball ump Lehi, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 7:31 p.m.

    and there are some who say mormons are not Christian?