Your sons and daughters are safe. Thursday and again yesterday we experienced severe storms and additional tornados in our mission area. Yesterday’s storms were more dangerous and destructive than Thursday’s storms. Our missionaries were never in any danger on Thursday but yesterday caused us more concern because we had missionary relief crews out working in the morning. As is my practice, I sent the work crews home well in advance of the approaching storms so they could be near their local weather contacts and shelters. My practice is to personally monitor the storms and alert missionaries directly and through our mission leadership. Local weather contacts are also very helpful to us.
Based on preliminary reports, yesterday’s storms caused substantial new damage and sadly, additional lives were lost. 103,000 homes in the City (including the mission home) are without power. The damage, downed power lines and traffic have prevented me from communicating with you earlier this morning. We also had all our missionaries in South Oklahoma City this morning for a meeting with Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy. Now all of our missionaries are out working on tornado cleanup projects for the day.
I will generally not communicate with you after every storm. I will reserve these communications for storms that strike near where we have missionaries stationed. If power is out and I am prevented from emailing you I will call the Church operators and let them know the missionaries are safe. I will also inform the Missionary Department of the safety of our missionaries. As you can imagine, we have a lot going on out here right now. The safety of our missionaries (your daughters and sons) is our paramount concern and priority. We will tend to them first and inform you once I have verified their safety and tended to other priorities related to the missionaries. Thank you for your patience and prayers.
We are grateful for the Lord’s protection and your prayers. Many miracles are occurring through these events. The Lord truly does make all things work together for the good of those who believe.
Warm Regards, President Taylor