LDS missionaries ran to safety during quake in Philippines

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  • DonP Sainte Genevieve, MO
    Oct. 19, 2013 2:30 p.m.

    There are no guarantees, but I understand the current advice on riding out an earthquake is to duck under a large substantial piece of furniture like a desk and hold on until the shaking stops. Doorways are not considered safe by the experts any longer. Running outside exposes yourself to glass and masonry falling from collapsing facades above. But, as I said, there are no guarantees and what might work in one situation would not work in another. I weep for those killed or injured and rejoice for those who were unharmed.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    Oct. 18, 2013 12:21 p.m.

    Kent, the church does tell about the members, but you have to remember, they are right there with family. A missionary is a single person, generally a young age and thousands of miles away from home. Local leaders set out right away to access property and member damage and report as soon as they know. I am sure it takes a lot longer to contact all the members, but once that is done, like in the past, the church will report if there was any loss of life or major damage to the members there. Being a parent where my child lives far away from me, even though she is married and older, I feel anxiety if something were to happen to her. Bless the church for letting the parents who are feeling anxiety about their young children serving, know that they are OK.

  • Kent Larsen New York, New York
    Oct. 18, 2013 7:51 a.m.

    These reports always leave me apoplectic. Why does the statement always start with whether or not the missionaries are safe, then it passes on to damage to LDS buildings!! Really?

    What about the local members of the Church? Anyone killed? Injured? Isn't that an important piece of information?

  • Forrestc Greenway, AR
    Oct. 17, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    My sweet missionary niece, Sister Marisha Lange, is safe. We are so very grateful to our Father in Heaven for watching over her.

  • Firefly123 Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 17, 2013 12:33 p.m.

    As far as "The Church" doing this, that, and another thing; we've all been warned countless times until the apostles are blue in the face. Bottom line, when we point a finger at government or the church to help poor little us, count the three fingers pointing back at ourselves. The buck stops there. We've BEEN told, people!

  • Kjirstin Youngberg Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 17, 2013 12:30 p.m.

    It may be advantageous to teach missionaries the latest techniques for earthquake survival. No longer is the "triangle of life" a doorway, or running outside considered safe. The latest suggestion is to drop, cover, and hold on to something if possible. Having survived several earthquakes myself, this really is the best plan, as in anything over a 6.5, you can't "go" anywhere. Your body is like a bouncing rubber ball. Ready(dot)gov and earthquake country(dot)info have great information we can and should all teach our families. FHE is a great time for these easy drills.

    We had a 3.6 just today in Utah, folks, and the whole interior of the USA is past due for a large one. In spite of the best science available, we still never know when or where they will hit. Prepare now by tying down water heaters and bookshelves. If you have anything heavy over a bed or couch, imagine it bouncing off at around three a.m. and make the necessary changes.

  • Brother Benjamin Franklin Orem, UT
    Oct. 17, 2013 2:39 a.m.

    I am relieved to hear the missionaries are safe. My thoughts and prayers are with them and those who have lost loved ones and property from this awful tragedy.

    This is a great example of an awful tragedy where missionaries could have been lost, but were not due to the faith and prayers of people as well as the effectiveness of implemented safety measures and drills. The LDS Church should be applauded for its efforts to keep missionaries safe.

    I want to see how the LDS Church intends to go forward with these continued efforts to improve and ensure that missionaries are kept safe. Prayer and asking The Lord to keep us safe is only part one. Part two is doing our part to be wise and prepare ahead of time. What does the Church intend to do going forward to ensure missionary safety in these areas?

    Like it or not, many people died. The LDS Church and it's missionaries were very fortunate to come out of this as well as it did. I would not bet on being so fortunate all the time without taking proper action to further improve safety.

  • utah cornhusker NORFOLK, NE
    Oct. 16, 2013 9:41 p.m.

    I would assume he is ok. The mtc is located by the temple in green meadows, which is in quezon city,which is part of the metro manila area. Cebu is a long way from manila. Was in a few quakes when I was there. Glad missionaries are safe. The Filipino people are wonderful.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 16, 2013 9:23 p.m.

    We anxiously await word from our missionary grandson who has been at the Manila MTC less than one week. What an arrival in this new country! He will have stories to tell. Lots of love and prayers going out to everyone in the Philippines.