Mission leader keeps in contact during Alabama tornadoes

Some 70 missionaries from the Alabama Birmingham Mission found themselves potentially in the path of the April 27 cluster of destructive tornadoes. Mission President Richard Holzapfel endured several anxious hours fretting and praying for the welfare of the impacted elders and sisters in his charge. But thanks to the technology of the day, he was able to maintain nearly uninterrupted contact during the historic storms with each missionary companionship, worried parents and authorities at Church headquarters.

President Holzapfel said his mission was given permission to utilize cell phone text messaging. Texting allows the missionaries to maintain frequent contact with their investigators while staying up on day-to-day mission business.

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