Irene cancels LDS, Catholic, Baptist services

n the face of dangerous conditions associated with Hurricane Irene's fierce winds and driving rain, many churches in the eastern United States had to close their doors and urge members of their respective congregations to stay home.

LDS Church spokesman Scott Trotter said worship services were canceled by a number of congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — known as wards and branches — in the area yesterday.

"Opportunities to serve others, power outages, unsafe travel conditions and requests from local emergency managers for residents to stay put were all factors considered by local leaders in making the decision to cancel Sunday meetings," Trotter said.

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