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Independent national quarterly established to express Mormon culture and examine the relevance of religion to secular life. It is edited by Mormons who wish to bring their faith into dialogue with human experience as a whole and to foster artistic and scholarly achievement based on their cultural heritage. The journal encourages a variety of viewpoints; although every effort is made to insure accurate scholarship and responsible judgment, the views expressed are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of the Mormon Church or of the editors.
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Famine Relief, the Church, and the Environment Donald L. Gibbon It's been coming down in buckets for two days. Everyone knows what will happen next: a great slug of water will come roaring down the narrow gullies, accumulating force and volume, finally becoming a full-scale flood crest as the water nears the city. Thoughtful people know that since the last flood the city planning commission has granted hundreds of permits to pave parking lots, put in gutters, build streets, cut forests, straighten river channels ... and that as a result this one is going to be a real lulu! The local Corps of Engineers District Operations officer knows the local stake president. He picks up the phone. "Hello, President Jones. This is Captain Williams. We've got a real problem building here. I need 200 men to help fill and place sand bags. Can you get them for me?" "Yes, I can, Captain Williams." Within minutes the phone chain starts spreading from stake president to bishops to elders' quorum presidents to elders. Within the hour, men begin assembling, ready to work at the designated sites. Many church members have either been a part of such a scenario or have read about it happening at many natural disasters. Preparedness is a major theme of the temporal welfare program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Working together was the means for survival for thousands of early church members and remains an important tenet of the church today.1 For many American church members disaster is a fairly remote reality. Nevertheless, electronic communication brings the horror of flood, famine, and war nightly into our livingrooms. How can we as concerned 1. See Leonard J. Arlington, Great Basin Kingdom: Economic History of the Latter-day Saints, 1839-1900 (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1953); and Garth L. Mangum and Bruce D. Blumell, The Mormons' War on Poverty: A History ofLDS Welfare, 1830-1990 (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1993).