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Local church remembers struggles and compassion

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - The compassion and generosity of Quincy residents are just two things that a local church family is remembering about their history today.

President of the Nauvoo Mission Center, Doug McFarlane, shared about what happened 175 years ago and why the Community of Christ thinks it's so important to be celebrated.

"Through a long series of events, actually a couple of years of events, but long series," said McFarlane. "The church was ordered out of the state or they would be exterminated. So they came to Quincy, gathered on the other side of the river, and some of them were actually able to walk across the frozen Mississippi.

"It was the residents of Quincy who took them in, who fed them, who clothed them, who provided places for them to stay," continued McFarlen. "It's incredible from the standpoint that the church probably would not exist if it hadn't of been for that crossing and the generosity of the the residents of Quincy."

Descendants of those giving aid and escaping were present at the service and said they couldn't be more thankful for the residents of Quincy.
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