Damage to Church members or Church buildings have been noticeably absent in most of the recent disasters. However, the Joplin tornado, a rare multi-vortex tornado, did destroy a Mormon meetinghouse, a missionary apartment and some members' homes.
Michael Otterson, Head of Public Affairs for the Church, wrote the following in "Where is God (and the Mormon church) in a natural disaster?" for The Washington Post.
It’s not easy to find anything good in disasters that rip lives apart or destroy them completely. But for those of us who aren’t directly affected, disasters provide unmistakable opportunities to reach out to those in need.I like the word, "unmistakable." Disasters shine a spotlight on needs anybody can identify. All we need to do is gear up and address them . . .