I have hope for the people of Japan. Our hearts ache for them today. The earthquake and tsunami have been devastating. I wish I could comfort people who have lost loved ones, who have lost homes and property. I have to trust that our loving Heavenly Father will help each struggling person feel how much He loves them and wants to help. Regardless of the name we all have for God, I know that He will comfort those in agony, and those who mourn. I know that He will inspire people in the relief effort. I pray that we can all find a way to help.
This link reminds me how we can find ways to help. If you want to donate your time to this effort, contact a local Mormon church to offer your assistance. Mormons have one of the most organized and largest humanitarian aid efforts in the world. By offering your assistance you can help build up a storage of supplies for any upcoming unforeseen needs in any country. [Update 4.4.11 The Mormon church donated over 70 tons of supplies to Japan's people in need; blankets, hygiene kits, food, water, etc]
Events like this make me think about my belief in eternal life. They make me think about the Plan of Salvation. I truly believe that hope can be felt and found by anyone struggling today in this moment ~ in this second. I don't doubt that there are many miracles happening at critical moments, or that there are many people helping other people in Japan, Hawaii, the West Coast and throughout the world.
I love this link that talks about the suffering of Jesus Christ for each one of us, which leads to hope when we suffer.