On the ground in Haiti: witnessing true religion in action

When Deseret News photographer Jeff Allred and I learned our assignment to cover post-earthquake relief efforts in Haiti would keep us there over a Sunday, we talked with anticipation of attending meetings with one of the local Latter-day Saint wards.

We projected how our coverage might convey the imagery and messages at a meetinghouse providing both temporal and spiritual sanctuary to affected Haitians.

The trouble was, we were so involved in humanitarian efforts that Sabbath day — delivering drastically needed food, water and blankets from the Church's relief supplies to Port-au-Prince's Haitian Community Hospital — that we arrived at the Petion-Ville Ward meetinghouse just as members filed out of the second-story chapel following the day's final sacrament meeting.

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