Church archivist says letters helped save his job

Church archivist says letters helped save his job

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Latter-day Saint scholars and historians who lobbied to help a Missouri archivist keep his job may have changed his fate.

Economic struggles have forced the Independence, Mo.-based Community of Christ to make staff cuts. Lead archivist Ron Romig was to lose his job, but a church newsletter on Thursday said he'll instead be reassigned.

Romig begins work as the church's historic sites specialist at a temple in Kirtland, Ohio, in September.

Romig says he thinks dozens of letters sent to church officials on his behalf paved the way for the new post. He says the current specialist resigned for family reasons.

Formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Community of Christ ties its religious roots to Joseph Smith, founder of the Salt Lake City-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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