Mormon missionaries tearfully part after typhoon closes their mission

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  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Nov. 21, 2013 3:22 p.m.

    Why close the mission when the people need help the most now? I don't know but I'm convinced the Lord knows what he's doing so I trust his servants are directing his work according to his will. Missionaries leaving for other missions does not mean the people affected are being abandoned. God bless all those who are still involved in the recovering efforts to try and restore some sort of normalcy to all those affected.

    God gives in abundance and man puffs up in pride and forgets Him. God gets mad and cracks the whip a bit too hard sometimes, then His wrath subsides and start rallying his faithful servants to help and provide! It's the way our parents did with us all the time while growing up! Sometimes our learning experiences are bit too painful to endure! But, in the end it teaches us that Heavenly Father still loves, cares, and will never abandoned us if we will but listen, learn, and obey.

  • Rustymommy Clovis, NM
    Nov. 21, 2013 10:29 a.m.

    Why close the mission when it is so needed? Somebody said that "you can't teach a hungry man." The basic physical needs of the people have to be met before they can be helped with spiritual needs. The LDS church is not abandoning those people, just providing more resources that are more appropriate at this moment. No doubt, any missionaries who were occupying housing that was not damaged needed to leave to make room for homeless locals. No doubt, more room was needed for volunteers specializing in this kind of disaster. Prioritizing to save lives and heal wounded hearts was the right thing to do. God bless the people of Tacloban and God bless those who provide assistance for their needs. Godspeed to the missionaries who will be leaving to serve in the surrounding areas.

  • Dante Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 1:25 p.m.

    It's erroneous to assume that proselyting missionaries are the only form of assistance the LDS Church has or will offer to those devastated by the typhoon in the Philippines. Supplies and volunteer labor will be provided generously by the Church and its members, particularly those members who are now returned Philippines missionaries. Many of these are itching to fly to the Philippines as soon as the relief effort is sufficiently organized to train them and to enhance their safety in the midst of a hazardous situation.

  • GeoMan SALEM, OR
    Nov. 20, 2013 1:04 p.m.

    Proselyting missionaries can, and do, provide help and service to the communities they live in. But these missionaries, that personally experienced the trauma of the typhoon, don't have the skills that the area needs now. They will both give better service, and be better served, by resuming their proselyting missions. If reassigning them to other missions meant that the needs of the victims of the typhoon would go unmet, then they would probably be staying. The fact is that the needs of all the victims are better met by removing these victims that have a place to go and in their stead sending resources (people and supplies) that are better able to meet the needs of those that must remain in the devastated area.
    Think of a battlefield. As it is possible, the wounded are removed to a rear area and fresh reinforcements are sent to replace them. Even the unwounded get rotated away from the battle's front to get food and rest.

  • Mont Pugmire Fairview, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 11:38 a.m.

    We are serving as senior missionaries in Uruguay, South America. We know EXACTLY what those mission presidents were feeling as they did everything they could to find their missing young elders and sisters. They become like your own children and you love them just like you do your own. I am so grateful for the miracles of protection and guidance and that all were found safe. Elder Mont Pugmire

  • Ronald Uharriet SWun City, Ca.
    Nov. 20, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    “LDS missionaries in the Philippines were in action the day after Typhoon Haiyan, helping prepare supplies for victims while working with Mormon Helping Hands volunteers.”

    One of my grandchildren served a mission in the Philippines.

    It seems to me, that now, with the disaster, the mission is needed for good in the Philippines more than ever. Why close it now when so much help is needed?

  • Semi-Strong Louisville, KY
    Nov. 20, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    Must be hard for them to leave (despite the hardships). God Bless.