Suddenly homeless and staggered by the scope of the disaster (more than 300,000 Haitians were killed) Arnold lost his business. His family lived for a time in a tent. Still, thanks to his faith and grit, he never lost hope. He believed better days would come.
Today Arnold lives in a small but sturdy new home east of Port au Prince. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he said his religious conviction provided him hope at a moment defined by hopelessness.
On Wednesday, he worked alongside fellow Mormons in Haiti during a church sponsored, nation-wide tree planting project designed to deliver hope and beauty to his damaged nation.