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California Mormons See Miracles Among the Ashes

California Mormons See Miracles Among the Ashes

The question of which of your possessions you would save at a moment’s notice is a hypothetical that frequently arises in social settings. But for the members of the Church in the Redding California Stake this past week, the question became all too real as a wildfire, dubbed the “Carr Fire” tore through their community destroying at least 20 homes belonging to members of the Church. The fire is still ablaze and has burned more than 154,000 acres and destroyed over 1,600 structures making it the 6th most destructive wildfire in California history.

It was started when a trailer being pulled along Highway 299 got a flat tire, a fairly insignificant incident, but when the metal rim of the wheel hit the asphalt the resulting sparks quickly took the moment from commonplace to catastrophic for the entire region.

Though the fire is currently only 43% percent contained and the losses have not been insignificant, members of the Church are coming together in the midst of this difficulty and many are already seeing the blessings that have come from this disaster.

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Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a social media manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and is addicted to organic milk, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.
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