Even with all of the devastation, missionary work goes forward. Missionaries are having great experiences with people whose hearts are softened. And some of them got to meet a member of the First Presidency!
There were about 1500 workers from four states present in Marianna when Elder Bednar spoke at an early morning sacrament meeting. The damaged stake center in Panama City also served as a Command Center, sending crews out to work and providing needed food and supplies as well as tools, generators and chainsaws. A giant semi loaded with supplies and hundreds of volunteers arrived less than 72 hours after the storm passed. Amazing!We set up a makeshift office in the mission home with our Area Seventy and two men from Salt Lake. There was no power so we used a battery powered lantern and grilled chicken on the Barbie. This driver was astounding. He actually performed a U-turn in this parking lot!