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Tooele family learns their missionary is safe in the Philippines

TOOELE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – On Monday grateful Utah families are hearing from family members in the Philippines. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is reporting all missionaries are safe and accounted for following the super storm.
TOOELE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – On Monday grateful Utah families are hearing from family members in the Philippines. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is reporting all missionaries are safe and accounted for following the super storm.

For one family in Tooele, that news couldn't come soon enough. Their daughter is serving as a missionary in the Philippines. Until Monday they had no idea if she was alive or dead.

It's been a rough couple of days for Gidget and Jim Webber of Tooele. Right now their daughter Sarah is serving a mission in the Philippines for the LDS church, in the same area hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan.

"You think about things like food, water, shelter, where she's sleeping and I was fine until I saw the CNN reports," said Gidget Webber, mother.

Typhoon winds blowing as strong as 235 mph caused massive devastation. So far more than 1,700 are dead, and thousands more are still unaccounted for, until Monday one of them was the Webber's daughter Sarah.

"You're mind starts to wander, you think about the possibilities," said Jim Webber, father.

It wasn't until Monday afternoon, they finally got a call from the wife of an area church leader presiding over the Philippines telling them Sarah had been found, and she was okay.

"I was so happy that I hung up the phone and forgot to say - well, does she have any scratches? Or is she hungry?" said Gidget Webber.

"The fact that we know she's safe is just a tremendous blessing," said Jim Webber.

The Webbers said their faith and prayers were answered. Now they're just hoping to hear her voice.

"It could be until next Monday, are you okay with that?” Reporter Brian Carlson asked.

“It could be, it better not be, but it could be," said Gidget Webber.

When the Webbers get a chance to talk to their daughter they'll get some closure, but it's important to note there are other Utah families waiting for similar calls.

From what ABC 4 Utah is told one family from St. George has an uncle and cousin in the Philippines. They know the town they were in was destroyed but there was no loss of life. But at last check they still haven't heard directly from either one of them.

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