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Japan Earthquake: Strong Jolt Recorded Off Southern Okinawa Island

Japan Earthquake, November 17, 2011


TOKYO — A fairly strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 has hit off the shores of Japan’s southern Okinawa Island.

Officials said the quake Tuesday about 135 miles (220 kilometers) away from the island was not expected to cause a tsunami. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Northeastern Japan was devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11 that left nearly 20,000 people dead or missing. Japan, which lies along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” is one of the world’s most seismically active countries.

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Mormon Missionary in Chile Shares His Experience of Helping and Serving Near the Epicenter of the Quake

Mormon Missionary in Chile Shares His Experience of Helping and Serving Near the Epicenter of the Quake
Posted By Kim Farah

This week Church Public Affairs conducted a phone interview with Elder Mark Roberts of Mesa, Arizona, a young Mormon missionary serving in Chile in the city of Talca. He was near the epicenter of the devastating quake last week and shared over the phone some of the experiences he and his fellow missionaries have had in serving those impacted by the earthquake. Listen to the interview with Elder Roberts here. Elder Roberts is just one of the hundreds of missionaries in Chile impacted by the quake. Over 50,000 Latter-day Saint missionaries serve throughout the world.

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Elder Mark Roberts knocks on a door in Talca, Chile (prior to the earthquake)

After two months of training and preparation at the MTC, Elder Roberts arrived in the Chile Concepción Mission in November 2009. He was assigned to the city of Talca, located northeast of Concepción, one of the areas hardest hit by the February 27 earthquake. Typical missionary challenges suddenly paled in comparison to the devastation now facing the Chilean people. “I am fine. Don’t worry,” Elder Roberts wrote from Talca in an e-mail to his family in Mesa, Arizona, the day after the earthquake. “Pray for the people here in Chile. We have been very blessed and are working hard here helping with the damage.”

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Different Meanings, Different People – Are you Really Prepared?

Different Meanings, Different People – Are you Really Prepared?

A major earthquake has occurred in your area. Are you prepared for this catastrophic event? And I don’t mean if something were to happen tomorrow, I mean right now at this very moment. Being prepared for an emergency can mean different things to different people.

If you asked a co worker if they have an emergency plan in place they would say something like, “I’m equipped with the basics; water, some canned food, an opener, blankets, a flashlight and some batteries. Sure, I think so.” The truth is that most people aren’t prepared; they just don’t want to think about something so dreadful. They know they should be ready for a disaster, but have a tendency to procrastinate. When such a day comes most of our neighbors will be left out in the cold just trying to keep their families alive.

The Latter Day Saint’s church recognizes a need for more during such a time and offers emergency kits filled with tools not only designed to help your family, but society as a whole. Inside these kits you will find scripture for strength and a comprehensive plan for re organization bringing structure in a time void of any. The church also offers informational tips, welfare services and other beneficial assistance programs because it realizes that just surviving won’t be enough. I believe the church wants us to mentally prepare ourselves for disaster.

In the book of Mormon preparedness is addressed in several scriptures:

“Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon things which I have said, and ask of the father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow, and I come unto you again.”

3Nephi 17

Assembling a community will take more than an occasional favor and even though people are generally helpful by nature most don’t picture their time totally consumed serving others in such a stressful situation. We need to take care of our families, but in reality we are all family. Are you prepared to confront unforeseen obstacles like someone wanting special treatment? Everyone must be cared for and given the same attention because God loves us all; we are equal in all things:

“That you may be equal in the bonds of heavenly things, yea, and earthly things also, for the obtaining of heavenly things. For if ye are not equal in earthly things ye cannot be equal in obtaining heavenly things; For if you will that I give unto you a place in the celestial world, you must prepare yourselves by doing the things which I have commanded you and required of you.”

D&C 78:5, 6&7

Let’s broaden the term Emergency Preparedness to include our minds and hearts in addition to organization and survival plans. Well- rounded discussions with family, friends and members of the community are essential. Although we don’t want to dwell on this subject, we need to have a clear understanding of what this fate would be like for us all.

To sum it all up in a sentence I would say the following, “Preparing for our immediate needs in the aftermath is one thing, but being able to literally take on what may occur in our corner of the world, is something else.”

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