This week in Church history

25 years ago

Many Latter-day Saints in Southern California were affected by a severe earthquake on Feb. 9, 1971, that did extensive property damage and put "terms like brotherhood to the test," reported the Feb. 20, 1971, Church News, labeled as an "Earthquake Edition."

The majority of the edition that week was devoted to coverage of the disaster.

In the wake of the quake, at least 62 people - two of them Church members - had died and more than 1,000 were injured. "For days, thousands were without running water, and stores in the area were closed because of extensive damage," the article noted.

"Home teachers, Relief Society leaders and priesthood quorums almost immediately began to do their part to help hundreds of members who were evacuated from their homes."

Several harrowing accounts concerning members who narrowly escaped with their lives were included in the coverage.

Said one woman who had lost her home in the temblor, "We still have what is the most important thing in the world - our family."

Quote from the past

"Particularly in the home should integrity be taught and practiced as a basis for its extension into community life and all other phases of living." - President N. Eldon Tanner, in an address given in general conference April 2, 1977.

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