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By Kent Larsen

Church Reports NYC Members Safe

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reported today that all of the 50 to 70 church members who worked in the twin towers are safe, leading Elder Craig Zwick, President of the North America Northeast Area to say the Church has been "incredibly blessed." "At this point it appears there were no fatalities among church members in and around New York City. We were concerned last night that possibly we had three civilians who weren't accounted for near the World Trade Center and three involved in firefighting and police efforts. All six have been identified and are well," he said.

Elder Zwick indicated that as many as 1,000 church members work in Manhattan's financial district from all the 10 stakes and three districts in the region. He said that at least 20 of the members who worked in the area didn't even come to work Tuesday. Approximately 3,500 Church members live on Manhattan, members of the New York, New York Stake, which basically consists of Manhattan. However, the majority of those members live in the more residential area above midtown Manhattan, miles away from the trade center.

However, a few stake members live in Battery Park City, a relatively new area of the city built across the street from the World Trade Center. While those members are apparently safe, they are having trouble coming and going because of the devastation at the trade center. The major highway leading into the area, Manhattan's West Side Highway, has been closed at 14th Street, more than two miles north of the trade center.

The New York NY Stake reacted to the tragedy by opening its stake center, located on 66th street, to all comers, but few took up that invitation. Reportedly just 10 stayed at the stake center, including four missionaries who have an apartment south of 14th street that they couldn't reach after the attacks. The stake says that the stake center will be available again tonight, and in the future on an as-needed basis.

On Manhattan attempts by local church leaders to provide volunteers haven't resulted in opportunities because of the large turnouts by volunteers over the region. News reports indicates that local emergency officials have turned away many volunteers because they are overstaffed.


LDS Church members safe
Deseret News 12Sep01 D1
By Carrie A. Moore: Deseret News religion editor


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