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By Kent Larsen

'Evil Rampant': Church Reacts to Terrorist Attacks

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Speaking at a Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert turned into an impromptu memorial earlier this evening, President Gordon B. Hinckley of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told those attending that evil is still rampant in the world, "Its insidious and dastardly hand has struck again in a most reprehensible manner." The comments were just some of the outpouring of feeling and relief efforts by the Church and local leaders nationwide.

Hinckley made his comments at the concert, had been planned for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, which he said was being changed into a sacred memorial service commemorating the day's events. "Today has been a day that will be remembered always in the annals of our beloved nation. It has been a day when the ugly face of hatred has shown itself with terror, death and destruction," he said. "It has been a day when uncounted numbers of the innocent have perished and their loved ones have been left to sorrow. Many have been wounded and this our nation has been severely injured and insulted. But dark as is this hour, there is shining through the heavy overcast of fear and anger the solemn and wonderful image of the Son of God. It is to him that we look in these circumstances."

Earlier in the day, just 4 hours after the attacks began, BYU President Merrill J. Bateman changed the University's planned devotional assembly into a prayer meeting, calling today's attack, "the greatest tragedy that has ever happened on American mainland." In the short meeting, Bateman offered information, counsel and prayer, and reporting that "to our knowledge, no BYU students are in danger." He said all BYU students studying abroad have been contacted and are safe. He also encouraged students to donate blood, and said that Church members have solace in the gospel, "There is no reason to fear for our lives. Even in times of turmoil, it is possible to feel peace," President Bateman said. "The greatest thing we can do as a university is to gather together once a week to celebrate the message of the gospel. ... Today we've seen how fleeting life may be. ... We need to gather and talk of sacred things."

Elsewhere, BYU-Idaho President David A. Bednar released a statement expressing his campus' condolences, but intention to continue operating, "All of us at BYU-Idaho are deeply concerned about the apparent terrorist actions in our nation's capitol and New York City. We feel it best, however, to proceed with business and classes "as usual" on our campus. All classes are in session. All offices remain open."

Meanwhile, in New York City, the New York, New York Stake offered its stake center as housing for anyone needing a place to stay and indicated that many stake members had offered their homes as quarters for the displaced. The stake, like all of those in the area, is struggling to assess which members might have been involved in the disaster.


Mormon president says evil is still rampant
(Phoenix) AZ Republic (AP) 11Sep01 N1
Associated Press

President Bateman holds prayer meeting
BYU NewsNet 11Sep01 D3
By Alice-Anne Lewis: NewsNet Staff Writer


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