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Utah members answering calls to assist in flooded areas

There was a time, more than a century ago, when a call for emergency help was issued to members over the pulpit. Recall President Brigham Young dispatching able-bodied men to rescue the jeopardized members of the Martin and Willie Handcart Companies. Today, such calls for help are generally transmitted via e-mails and text messages.

A mass e-mail, for example, was recently sent out to the members of a Salt Lake City-area single adult ward. In that case, strong and willing men and women were being asked to help fill sandbags that local communities could use to prevent flooding along local swollen rivers and waterways.

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