With much of the southwest United States suffering the effects of a mega-drought, Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox (R) in early June issued an appeal for state residents to pray for rain.

“I’ve already asked all Utahns to conserve water by avoiding long showers, fixing leaky faucets, and planting water-wise landscapes,” said Cox in a press release issued by the governor’s office. “But I fear those efforts alone won’t be enough to protect us. We need more rain and we need it now. We need some divine intervention. That’s why I’m asking Utahns of all faiths to join me in a weekend of prayer June 4 through the 6th.”

Cox also issued a video appeal for prayer and released an official proclamation.

The proclamation read in part, “Whereas, these extreme drought conditions have adversely and significantly impacted agribusinesses and livestock production, as well as wildlife and natural habitats … and Whereas, prayer is powerful and I encourage all Utahns regardless of their religious affiliation to join together on this weekend of prayer. …”


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