Chilean Missionaries tell their earthquake stories

It was 7:30 a.m. on February 27th when I was awakened by my husband, who said, “There has been an earthquake in Chile.” I jumped out of bed and ran to turn on the television to CNN. My husband, three daughters and I stood in disbelief.

The pictures of the earthquake were devastating and my heart sank in deep despair. My son Jacob arrived in Chile Concepcion South Mission on January 18th and was living in the city of Camilo. The first thing I did was run upstairs to call the mission office but there was no answer. Then I sent an email to the mission president’s wife to see if she knew the whereabouts of my son.

The feeling of helplessness filled my whole body as I realized there was nothing I could do for my son but pray. So as a family, we got down on our knees in prayer to ask our Heavenly Father to protect our son, the missionaries and all the people in Chile. After the prayer there was warmth that filled the entire room. We all felt at peace and were comforted by the Spirit that Jake was safe. We identified that feeling to our daughters and told them that the Holy Ghost was sending us a message of comfort.

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