These LDS missionaries focus on saving lives, not souls

One quiet day in March, Mormon humanitarian missionary Steven Himle got an urgent call.

The Ethiopian capital's giant Black Lion Hospital, which serves about 10,000 patients a day, had running water only on its first two floors. Employees were hauling water to patients and doctors languishing on the top six floors.

Within two hours, Himle and his wife, Becky -- both pipeline contractors from Redlands, Calif. -- were at the site. A week later, the LDS Church had approved money for new head works and pumps. And, soon, water was flowing throughout the hospital.

The couple and the $8,400 project were featured on Ethiopian television, a common occurrence in the Himles' first year in the drought-prone east African nation. They routinely were recognized for partnering with locals in building LDS-funded wells.

The Himles are part of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' ever-spreading global humanitarian reach.

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