In his second day of ministering in areas struck by Hurricane Irma, President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, visited Florida Saturday, September 16, 2017. Approximately 7,500 Mormon Helping Hands were in force throughout the state to clean up damage caused by the destructive hurricane, which hit the region a week ago.
On the heels of stops yesterday in Puerto Rico and St. Thomas in the Caribbean, President Eyring was joined by Bishop Dean Davies of the Presiding Bishopric and General Authority Seventy Elder Jörg Klebingat as they visited Naples, Florida. Naples was hit especially hard as the eye of Hurricane Irma passed by and unleashed peak wind gusts of 140 miles per hour. The destructive winds caused widespread damage to homes, property and businesses in the area.
While visiting residents in Naples, where around 1,000 Mormon Helping Hands volunteered to clean up, President Eyring said, “instead of worrying about their own problems, they are working for others. That man on the roof was taking care of his house and yet his sons are off taking care of other people. Thank you from the prophet, President Monson, if he were here. He’s always talked about [going] to the rescue, and here we really see everything he’s been asking for. Thank you.”
At a mid-day devotional held at a Latter-day Saint meetinghouse in Naples, President Eyring told a large gathering of Mormon Helping Hands volunteers, “each of you have individual problems, you’re not all in the same boat, you’re in all very different boats. For some of you the hurricane is the biggest thing in your life. [To a] lot of you it’s something else. I don’t know what it is. Just remember the Lord does, and He loves you. And He has gone before your face to prepare you to do, even under the pressures that you’re under, the things that He would do and you will feel His help. I bless you with that.”