Monday, May 23, 2011

Joplin



This picture was taken in 1998 at the Joplin Stake Center, which was destroyed in Sunday's tornado. While I never served in Joplin City, it was a main transfer station, so I have good memories in the building, waiting for new companions or waiting for the transfer van (called "The Bull") to arrive. Brad was the Zone Leader in the Joplin Zone for several months.


It's really sad that it's all gone. When I was there, it was the only LDS building in Joplin.












Tornado watches and warnings are such a part of life in that area of the United States, but you never think one will actually land on you. I have many memories of sitting in the bathtub with a companion with mattresses on our heads. I guess even churches aren't immune.


My prayers go out to the people of Joplin.

3 comments:

  1. Wow - I saw those pictures on Facebook. I didn't know you had been there. It's sad to see such destruction. However I know we can rebuild and Life Goes On... right :)

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  2. Anonymous3:37 PM

    It is still a shock, isn't it! We've been "on the road" and haven't read about the tornado in Joplin. I'm running for our paper for more details. The building will rise again...the only thing REALLY lost is Physical. The memories live on. Love you, MOM

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