PURE RELIGION A Thirst for Clean Water While serving as full-time Residents provided all the necessary missionaries in Guatemala City, Elder labor. They also formed community David and Sister Patricia Hall of the organizations to receive training in Santa Rosa California Stake became sanitation, water conservation, and aware of some Guatemalans’ acute need methods for maintaining the wells in the for access to clean water. They learned years to come. that children are especially vulnerable One villager, named Maria, was because their small bodies can’t observed serving meals to fight off infections when people working on the water weakened by water-borne project. When a pump was diseases such as cholera, turned on and water began to dysentery, and typhoid. flow from a tap near Maria’s When Elder and Sister Hall home, she wept with joy. She visited the mountainous villages explained that she had given surrounding the southeastern city birth to 14 children. Seven of of Jalapa, they were shown eight them had died as a result of wells. The wells had been drilled in a water-borne diseases. cooperative effort between local “I’m so happy,” Maria said. “Now my residents and a charitable organization surviving children won’t have to live specializing in well construction. with aching backs from carrying water. Because the wells had to be dug And they won’t feel the sorrow I have deeper than anticipated, the villagers felt—seeing some of my children die found they needed stronger pumps, because of the unclean water my generators, and electrical service lines husband and I gave them, when we had than the ones they had planned to use. no other choice.” But they didn’t have adequate resources “We’ve been involved in several to make the needed improvements. wonderful projects,” commented Elder The Halls described the situation to Hall, “but the one in Jalapa may be the local priesthood leaders. They received best because it benefited so many people approval to use humanitarian funds to like Maria. The Church helped a little assist the villagers in completing the and the villagers did the rest.” project. Written by Susan C. Rather, November 2007; printed as “Clean Water” in Church News, Dec. 1, 2007. Christ Raising the Daughter of Jairus by Greg K. Olsen, © 1990. Do not copy. © 2007 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.