November 12, 2013

The Tacloban Missionaries


Maggie: The typhoon in the Philippines might seem like something that happened half a world away, but Tom is here with a story about how it is affecting families right here in the U.S.

Tom: Yeah, Maggie. Well, a really sad story here. One family in Utah is waiting to hear news from their son who was on a Mormon mission trip in the region.

Monica Baker: There are moments when I feel really positive and there are moments that I ache to know that he’s not dead.

Tom: Monica Baker hasn’t slept for days, making calls from her home in Lewiston, Utah and searching the internet for answers about her son.

Monica: My son has neither checked in nor has communicated in any way that he is there.

Tom: Joey Baker is just a few days away from completing his two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was in the Philippines near the hardest hit city of Tacloban.

In a statement, the LDS Church said about one-third of the Tacloban missionaries are still unaccounted for. One of Joey’s friends was finally found last night.

Monica: His mother has verification that her son is okay. I don’t. I don’t have that verification and it’s heart wrenching.

Tom: Monica last heard from her son a week ago in an email. He had mixed feelings about returning home.

Monica: He didn’t want to leave the people in the Philippines, that he enjoyed serving them.

Tom: While Elder Baker’s family anxiously awaits his homecoming, they have faith he is helping his Filipino friends in need.

Elder Baker: I honestly believe that my son is doing the purest form of missionary work that there is.

Tom: Tom Hanson, Channel One News.

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