The Carlsons were devastated to hear of the destruction in the Philippines, where their 20-year-old son, Joseph, is serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“I have had five boys serve missions, and I've never been afraid once, and I was afraid yesterday during the day because I hadn't heard anything,” said Vickie Carlson, speaking exclusively to Local News 8.
Around 10 p.m. Friday, Vickie Carlson's worst fears were finally put to rest when she got a call from the church telling her her son was OK, but that was all they would say.
"I don't know if he's in his mission in Baybay, or in -- I don't know where he's at,” Carlson said.
When Joseph got his mission last October, his parents say he couldn't wait to go.
"He was really excited to go on this mission. When he got his mission call, he was not expecting the Philippines, but (was) really, really excited to go,” Carlson said.
As his parents wait for more information, they say they'd just like their son to do what he can for the thousands of people whose lives have been turned upside down by this tragedy.
"He would be the type of person to put his arm around somebody and just lift their spirits. He might even do a little dance for them, I don't know. He's a fun boy,” Vickie Carlson said.
A representative for the LDS church told Local News 8 that they don't yet have the locations of individual missionaries. Once they have that information they say they'll be notifying families.
You can find more information on the church's website, mormonnewsroom.org.