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Prayer Service Held for Miners, Families

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Alex Cabrero Reporting

Yet another showing of community-wide support for the trapped miners and their families. Tonight a prayer service was held at the Huntington LDS church because of this tragedy.

It seems almost every night this past week there has been some sort of community event to show support for miners and their families. There have been two candlelight vigils, a Mass at the Catholic church, and tonight the special prayer service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Huntington.

At times like these, it's important to remember we're not alone.

"We're family out here. We've got hundreds and hundreds of miners," said David Kirkwood. He's one of hundreds of residents who went to the special church service Saturday evening to simply pray.

"I think it can help tons," said Erika Potts. "I believe in it a lot, and I know from experience that it does help."

Erika and her friend Michael Sacco came to Huntington from Price tonight, not even knowing any of the miners or their families, because they wanted to show support.

"Well if it was my family, I'd want to do it for them," Michael said.

At the service people spoke of their hardships, and no matter how bad or hopeless it may seem, prayer helps calm the soul. It also can lead to miracles.

"I pray for the miners again. I pray for their families. I pray for those who are striving so valiantly to bring them back to us," a church leader said.

LDS Church leaders are also recommending that residents fast -- go without two meals and drink -- a belief that it can bring about a miracle. That's what so many people are praying for right now.

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