The Friendly Atheist reports:
The part of the Mormon Church that oversees the Pacific region has claimed responsibility for causing it to rain in Australia, saying a prayer and fasting event brought life-saving precipitation down on a country where fires have burned 12.35 million acres of land (so far).
The Pacific Area Presidency, made up of an area president and two counselors for the Church of Latter-day Saints, posted yesterday that the “joyous sight” of rain came “a few days after a fast held in Australia.”
The group said in its own statement prior to the event that it would “dedicate a portion of their fast to petition the Lord for relief from the bushfires and drought conditions.”
From Australia’s Mormon Newsroom:
As this Fast Sunday draws to an end for the Pacific Area we are heartened as an Area Presidency to hear reports of just how many members joined with the Pacific Area Presidency in dedicating a portion of their fast to petition the Lord for relief from the bushfires and drought conditions in Australia.
We hope you are heartened to learn that Saints from around the world, at their own volition, joined in the fast with you. We thank all who participated for this physical demonstration of their faith in Christ and their love and compassion for their fellow Saints.
We anticipate that your fast, coupled with sincere prayer, has drawn you closer to the Lord, strengthened your faith in Christ and that it will ease the burden of all Australians as you face unprecedented conditions of fire and drought.