Utah LDS missionaries bring water to a thirsty Africa

The water was perfectly clear. But it wasn’t always that way.

Months ago, children dipped their jugs into something startlingly different in a tropical ravine near this southern Uganda town. Something murky. Something polluted.

Times have changed — all because of a senior missionary couple from Taylorsville.

Hiking down a steep trail through African palms, Lincoln and Marilyn Barlow can make out three clotheslines hanging heavily in the gully. Shirts and dresses of all colors and varieties drip-dry while women prepare the next batch of laundry in buckets nearby.

Marilyn pauses to snap a photo. She’s smiling.

For the past five months, the Barlows have been working with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to provide cleaner water and better sanitation for southern Uganda.

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