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By Kent Larsen

Local LDS Impact Huge in WTC Attack

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- The attack on New York City's World Trade Center this morning will have a huge effect on LDS Church members and the Church in the region because of those injured or killed in the attack. In what is now being called a terrorist attack, two planes slammed into the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center at about 8:45 am, leading to the eventual collapse of both towers. Members in Washington DC may also feel the impact of today's attacks, since they included a plane that crashed into the Pentagon and a car bomb that struck the U.S. State Department.

The Church in the New York region includes the New York NY Stake, Brooklyn NY Stake, Westchester NY Stake, Plainview (Long Island) NY Stake, Caldwell NJ Stake, Morristown NJ Stake, Scotch Plains NJ Stake and Yorktown NY Stake as well as 3 districts in Queens NY -- all told membership of 40,000 within commuting distance of the city. At this point it is not known how many Church members worked in the center, which could hold as many as 70,000 people, and is thought to have had as many as 50,000 people in them at the time of the attack.

The stake that is likely to be the hardest hit is the New York NY Stake, which covers the island of Manhattan where the towers were located. That stake's 10 wards and branches include three singles wards, populated by students and young professionals, often from elsewhere, that came to New York to work. The stake also has a high proportion of professional workers like those employed in the towers.

Calls for prayers on behalf the victims and their families have also gone out. As hospitals in the region are already experiencing a blood shortage, those in the area, as well as nationally, are encouraged to donate blood.


Local LDS Impact Huge in WTC Attack
Kent Larsen
New York NY 11Sep01 D1


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