“My faith gets me through, but the members make it easy,” said Bill Kastner, a member of the Church who lost his home in the devastating California wildfires. "I will report that they have what they need; they have the help of heaven and in the current Church organization in the stake [a group of congregations], that things are going very well, but [I will] ask the Brethren to continue to pray for you, as I know they will,” said Elder Carl B. Cook.
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were in Northern California over the weekend to comfort those recently impacted by the deadliest wildfires in California state history.
Elder Carl B. Cook of the Seventy and Elder Paul H. Watkins, an Area Seventy, traveled to the Napa Valley Saturday, October 14, to visit with local Church leaders and residents. They came on assignment and were joined by Richard Long, welfare manager for the Church.
“I am delighted to be on an errand of the First Presidency and the Twelve to come and to listen and learn. I came and I've been inspired. I'm inspired by what I felt,” Elder Cook told nine congregations in Santa Rosa on Sunday morning during a special sacrament meeting that was broadcasted to two other meetinghouses.
“I thank you for your goodness. I thank you for applying the principles of the gospel in your lives and looking to God and allowing Him to bless you,” he said.