Before and after: Typhoon's raw reality gives clarity to survivors

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  • New Reader Los Angeles, CA
    March 13, 2014 3:49 p.m.

    I came across your article because I was researching the typhoon in the Philippines for a fiction story I am working on. Anyways, I just wanted to leave a comment to say how great I thought this writing was. It really put me in the moment, with the people in the Philippines. The way you weaved a before and after narrative was so effortless and honest that I was taken aback. Thank you for caring so much about the world. I have registered with this website. Solely to leave this comment. Keep writing! Also if you have any websites about how we can help, if they still need it now, which I'm sure they do, let me know. I would like to help I just don't know how.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 25, 2013 3:28 p.m.

    Perhaps this is not the place, but this massive storm may be a warning about what is to come. Climate models predict more violent storms accompanying climate change. Think of it. We have had this terrible storm, plus Hurricane Sandy on the east coast, and even a tropical storm in the tops of the Rockies - Colorado all within the last year. Sea level countries like the Philippines are targets. Can anything be done to stem this process? Is it already too late? This paper needs to delve into this matter further.

  • kann ferron, UT
    Nov. 25, 2013 1:45 p.m.

    I noticed that the title of this article mentioned miracles and as far as what the Bible says miracles come from God but this article doesn't give any glory to the Lord for anything that could be considered good. It seems this article's purpose was to promote how great the Mormon church is in their relief efforts. This seems to be pretty typical...leaving God out.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Nov. 25, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    At the end of the day It's good to have my girl next to me. Because at the end of the day all the words don't mean any thing it's what you do.

  • 1.96 Standard Deviations OREM, UT
    Nov. 25, 2013 8:02 a.m.

    Very interesting stories about the people who survived because they obeyed the bishop's counsel to go to the chapel during the storm. The scripture "Stand Ye in Holy Places" comes to mind.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 24, 2013 10:58 p.m.

    Thousands dead. Hundreds of thousands displaced. Sorry, but no 'miracles' occurred in this instance. Happenstance, coincidence, luck, they were there. In a few cases. The providence of an almighty god was, however, decidedly absent.

  • Big Joe V Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Nov. 24, 2013 9:36 a.m.

    Thank you for this very personal narrative of the disaster. It touches my heart on many levels. Mostly of the endurance of the human spirit and that good prevails in large measure over evil in troubled times. The other way it touches me personally is of my personal preparation especially where it states "the 72 hour kits were washed away". This is not new as I have heard it before similarly in other disasters such as war, flooding, etc. where members lost their food storage though they thoughtfully prepared. This has caused me to prayerfully consider how to adapt the general recommendations for my local circumstances and have backup resources if possible. The Lord is there to help us prepare and if we are prepared we shall not fear.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 7:24 p.m.

    Thank you for writing with such clarity and emotion. God bless these people!