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Arson suspected in LDS meetinghouse fire in Arizona

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  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    July 2, 2012 11:55 a.m.

    Luckily it was just the building that was destroyed in the fire. None of the worshipers or firefighters were reported as being injured. And from the article, I assume that nearby homes were also not destroyed or damaged.

  • lqqk pocatello, ID
    July 1, 2012 7:47 a.m.

    To forgive is fine. But the person that did the crime should be tried and punished.

  • JRJ Pocatello, ID
    June 30, 2012 3:57 p.m.

    Not only will this strengthen the testimonies of the members of the Tolleson Building area, but I imagine it will increase the attendance. "Trials make our faith grow stronger, Truth is nobler than a crown."

  • grandmagreat Lake Havasu City, AZ
    June 30, 2012 10:22 a.m.

    This is heart breaking for church members. We have experienced that same thing in Lake Havasu City, our small building build by our hands was set afire, no other LDS building for our use,however, the 7th Day Adventist church came to our rescue and we used their building until the 3 hour block program went into effect, and we needed additional space in order to do that. We were then offered to rent the Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoons, Tuesday for Relief Society and Wednesday night for MIA. We are grateful for that church who helped us to continue to worship the Lord as we we believed. Our memories of the little buildiing started when we were less than 100 members, are many. We now have a beautiful Stake Center here on ground given to us by Mr. MCCulloch because his comment was if you have churches in a community the community will grow. He was right. Thanks to him we have grown.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    June 30, 2012 9:06 a.m.

    That is true class - to encourage the local members to, in essence, not worry about the cause of the fire but to move forward with a forgiving attitude. You don't hear that too much in society these days.

    It is frustrating when those who disagree with others demonstrate it through vandalism and/or acts of violence. In most cases, the normal response is to respond in kind. This results in an escalating situation which seldom improves. It is so much better to let things go and move on.

    If there are still some of the members around who were part of the initial construction, it will be an emotional time. I hope they have stored their memories and will be able to be grateful for the new building that will replace the one they lost.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    June 29, 2012 4:08 p.m.

    Hmmm ....