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The morning of 9/11/2001 was an exciting morning for the Rogers household. Our son Allan was coming home from his mission in Taiwan just a little after noon. We had no idea what a turn the day would take. Or the miracles that would follow for our family.
I would like to tell you the story of two missionaries, Elder Barry Wasden and Elder Byron Shurtz, who were sent into the far north country of Ontario, Canada in 1953. They taught my parents and my wife's parents, but their effect would reach even further than that.
While serving a mission in Honduras, my visa was in need of renewal, and it was determined that I would be taken to the government center where the paperwork would be signed and processed. This was a routine procedure in our mission. But what happened that night was anything but routine.
The exceptions, which were approved by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, will give Area Presidencies the ability to adjust missionary attire in specific locations to improve and maintain missionary dignity, safety, effectiveness, approachability and cultural sensitivity while properly representing the Lord and His Church.