DATE: October 29, 2012
TO: NHMM Missionary Parents
FROM: President Wilkey, New Hampshire Manchester Mission
RE: Hurricane Sandy
As you are likely aware, we are on the cusp of Hurricane Sandy. The hurricane is on a collision
course with a winter storm and a cold front, and high tides from a full moon make it a rare hybrid storm.
We have been tracking this storm for several days now and it appears our mission will not be as
affected as others. However, we will not under-judge this storm and will err on the side of safety for
your missionary. We have consulted with local members and officials, the National Weather Service
and media outlets. Irene looks to produce some high winds up to 70 miles per hour and potentially
some rain, but nothing like last year’s Hurricane Irene. With the vast size of Northern New England the
impact will vary, of course, by location. There is a likelihood of power outages, a routine phenomenon
in these parts.
Embedded within our emergency plan is a calling tree wherein each companionship
communicates with district leaders who in turn communicate with zone leaders to my assistants and
then to me. I will receive those “All-in-safe” reports for the next two days. We continuously monitor
any new developments and will update you in the event of any significant change in conditions.
Yesterday I instructed the entire mission to stock up on non-perishable food, water, flashlights & extra
batteries etc. according to emergency guidelines in our published plan at each apartment.
At this moment, your missionary is preparing for 2:00 pm today. That is when I have grounded
the car fleet and ordered all missionaries in their apartments for the duration of the day and through
tomorrow (Tuesday). In some parts of the mission this will be “overkill” but we do this to err on the side
At this point I am confident our missionaries are prepared well . The only thing that will prepare
them further is your faith, your prayers and your confidence in these great Latter-day warriors! Thank
you for preparing them in all ways for just such moments as this. I feel much as did Helaman with his
stripling warriors, “...they were firm and undaunted. Yea, and they obey ...with exactness; yea and even
according to their faith it was done unto them; and I did remember the words which they said unto
me that their mothers had taught them (Alma 57:20-21).” With that backdrop to our present situation
I am confident in their obedience and in what they were taught at home. Therefore, they will “...be
preserved by his marvelous power.” (Alma 57:26).