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Record storm impacts Mormons in D.C. area

WASHINGTON, D.C. — LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson was among those affected by

the storm that shut down much of the Washington D.C. area.President Monson, who has served more than 40 years on the National Executive Board

of Boy Scouts of America, went to Washington on Monday, Feb. 8, for the BSAs

national meetings, which included a program on Feb. 9 commemorating the

100th anniversary of the founding of Scouting in the United States. Because

of the storm, he had to spend an extra day in the nations

capital. He left Thursday morning, Feb. 11, on his return flight to Salt

Lake City.The biggest snowstorm in decades shut down airports, highways, offices, schools and stores in the mid-Atlantic last weekend. Even the Smithsonian Museums and monuments on the National Mall were closed. LDS Church services for Sunday, Feb. 7, were canceled by Saturday afternoon when it became apparent that no one should try to go anywhere.

The crippling storm also gave members and missionaries the opportunity to serve their neighbors. Young Mormon elders and sisters in the city and areas surrounding the nation's capital spent days shoveling record-breaking snow that ranged up to 32 inches.

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This story is provided by the LDS Church News, an official publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is produced weekly by the Deseret News.