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Posted: Sunday, March 5, 2006 5:33 am | Updated: 2:20 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Mormons from more than 400 Valley congregations will pray for rain today during a regional fast prompted by the state’s ongoing drought.

“Usually people fast for personal reasons,” said Don Evans, Arizona spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “In this case, they’re also being asked to supplicate God for moisture.”

Other denominations also will participate through the Arizona Interfaith Movement and the Arizona Ecumenical Council.

“There is no greater danger to our state currently than the effects of this drought and the subsequent danger of fire,” said T. Dennis Barney, Latterday Saints chairman of interfaith relations in Arizona.

The official gauge at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has not recorded even a trace of rain in 138 days — a Valley record.

Evans said he does not know if the lack of rain is God’s will. “All we know is that we lack moisture,” he said. “And we would like to see a break in the drought.”

He said Latter-day Saints forgo food and water during 24-hour fasts at least once a month. He said the church occasionally asks its members to unite in fasting, but he cannot remember the last time Valley congregations fasted for rain.

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