A day of fasting and prayer has been called for Seventy Doug Patterson on May 9, 2012. He has been ill from some unknown infection or disease believed to have been picked up while ministering in Africa. Doug returned from Africa in December 2011, and about a month later started feeling ill, and he has progressively worsened. So far the medical profession has been unable to determine what is wrong; and are, therefore, unable to treat him with focused treatments. He is now in intensive care and his children have been called in. Doug will be administered to at 7:15 pm on May 9, 2012. Below is a message sent out by Seventy Jim McKay to the other Seventy concerning Doug's condition.
I have been requested by sister Joy Muir to notify each of you with the urgent request for our brother Doug Patterson. Joy was unable to contact any of the Seventy to get this message out. She left me a message, and we made contact. Patrick and I are being blessed richly. We are presently in Ohio and will be giving a presentation on the book of Mormon this afternoon to the Youngstown Restoration Branch, please remember us in your prayers; but most importantly at this moment, please lift our brother Doug up. He has been taken to the hospital and placed in intensive care. His children are on their way. We need divine intervention.
Jim and Patrick McKay