The Rev. Garang Gabriel Atem stood to address the crown of visitors. His kind eyes met the visitor’s as he described his refugee past and his adjustment to American culture. His soft smile beamed when he told of becoming a priest last year. Atem testified of God’s hand in his life, no matter where he was.
Utahns gathered with balloons, posters, gifts and chocolate cake to welcome the last refugee family resettled by Catholic Community Services prior to the recent executive-ordered travel ban.
An estimated 10,000 people marched to the Utah State Capitol on Jan. 23, 2017 in the Women’s March on the Utah State Capitol. While those who attended reported feeling a strong sense of unity, individual marchers gave a diverse range of personal reasons for joining the crowd.
Leaders of the LDS church have counseled members of the church to prepare to sustain themselves and their families in the event of an emergency. A growing population of preppers throughout the nation also feel it important to be prepared and self-reliant for the future.
The prepper world has experienced exponential growth in recent years, according to preppers throughout the U.S.
Earth’s climate changes in the past have taken 100,000 years or more. According to BYU professor Richard Gill, dramatic changes now take about 250 years.