Emails from President Layton.
I am sending this email to inform you that Elder Jasen Tate Dawson, who is serving in the Suva Fiji Mission, is currently safe and accounted for. We are currently experiencing Cyclone Winston, a category 5 storm, which is passing through Fiji as I send this email. The power is out through most of the island and we are experiencing high winds and rain. The missionaries have been trained on how to handle the storm. They are all either in their flats or at their Stake Center.
As you may know the temple is scheduled to be dedicated tomorrow with three sessions. President Henry B. Eyring and Elder Quentin L. Cook are with us here in the mission home. Earlier today we participated in a Cultural Celebration where the youth of Fiji performed dances celebrating the culture of Fiji and the surrounding islands. It was beautiful with a lot of energy from the youth. It was so exciting to have our missionaries in attendance.
The main part of the storm is forecast to pass us by in time for the dedication sessions tomorrow. Plans are to proceed with the dedication and have our missionaries participate.
We sure appreciate your faith and prayers in behalf of our missionaries as we pass through this challenging weather.
Fiji Suva Mission
Elder Jasen Tate Dawson is safe and accounted for here in Suva.
Power is out throughout Fiji and there is a State of Emergency and curfew being enforced. We originally planned to send the missionaries back to their areas tomorrow morning. However, because of the storm and restrictions on travel, we will keep them here until we know it is safe for them to travel. As I write this email we have not had any contact with the Saints on Vanua Levu and Taveuni, good or bad. All communication lines are down.
Today there were three sessions of the Suva Fiji Temple dedication with President Eyring presiding. They were all wonderful spirit filled events. Because the power is out throughout most of Fiji some of the Saints were not able to watch the dedication services as planned. President Eyring announced that the dedication services will be re-broadcast next Sunday.
With the power out we anticipate the Internet shops will be closed on preparation day. Your missionary probably will not be able to send you their weekly emails. Please know that we are watching thing close and I will try to keep you updated on the conditions here in Fiji, until we return back to normal.
Fiji Suva Mission