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Bible Burning Hunters Survive Blizzard

by Elroy Willis

BOISE (EAP) -- Two elk hunters survived a sudden blizzard last week when they used a pocket Bible to start a fire which kept them warm enough to wait out the storm which passed the next morning.

Randall and Walter Peck of Boise were on their annual elk hunt when a blizzard arrived unexpectedly, and had to seek shelter from the heavy snow.

"We found a small cave-like depression in some rocks and decided to wait out the blizzard," said Randall Peck. "It was getting colder by the minute, and I knew we needed to start a fire," he said. "I had a pack of matches, and there were several dead tree limbs around the area, but there wasn't any sort of small kindling or dry leaves to get the fire started."

"We were getting really cold," Walter said. "We weren't expecting a snow storm like this. I pulled out my pocket Bible and started reading some passages and prayed to God for the storm to stop," he said. "I think God can save people from all kinds of things, including bad weather."

"My brother encouraged me to join him in prayer and ask God to have mercy on us and stop the blizzard," Randall said. "I had a much better idea what do with his pocket Bible and told him we needed to use it to start a fire."

"I can't burn my Bible," said Walter. "God might smite me down right here if I do that. I suggest we just keep praying for this horrible storm to stop," he said.

"You think God might smite you for trying to save your life?" Randall asked. "We're in the middle of a blizzard here Walter, get a grip on yourself!"

"I think if we pray really hard the blizzard might stop," Walter said.

"I didn't seem to be getting through to him and had to take action or else we'd freeze to death," Randall said. "I pretended to pray along with my brother, and when he closed his eyes, I struck him on the head with a rock. Then I took his Bible and started a fire with it."

"By the time Walter came to, I had a nice fire going and felt confident that we'd be able to ride out the blizzard," Randall said.

"It's a miracle from God that I had my pocket Bible with me," Walter said.

"Yet you were willing to freeze to death while praying to God in an attempt to save your precious Bible," Randall said to Walter during the interview. "I just don't understand you sometimes."

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