Lessons learned from the big winds

Most people go to the Bishop’s Storehouse for food. I went there to sleep. When our hotel lost power, and we were evicted during Hurricane Ike two years ago, heading to the storehouse seemed like the logical thing to do. After all, it had become the hurricane command center for the LDS Church in Houston, and I was there to document disaster relief.

It’s hurricane season again on the east coast of North America, and this year is forecast to be an active one. So I thought I’d share two lessons learned from big winds in the gulf — Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall on Aug. 25, 2005; and Hurricane Ike, which stormed ashore on Sept. 9, 2008.

The first lesson I learned was service. I could write volumes! But here are just two stories.

Several missionaries wearing yellow “Mormon Helping Hands” T-shirts asked a woman if they could clean up her yard. In a very snippy way, she indicated that she wanted every leaf raked and the yard cleaned perfectly. The missionaries went out of their way to do an extra special job for her.

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