Memorial Service Held in Moore, Okla.

MOORE, Okla. (AP) – A week after an EF5 tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., killing 24 people, including 10 children, residents are trying to muster their strength for the long process of recovery.

At a televised memorial service at First Baptist Church in Moore last night, Governor Mary Fallin (FAL’-ihn) urged those hit hardest to hold on to hope during trying times. Backed by choirs and religious leaders, Fallin quoted from Psalm 46, which says God is our strength even if the mountains tremble.

Rabbi Veder Harris read from the first book of Kings, saying that God wasn’t in the storm, but is in the “still, clear voice within us.”

Earlier Sunday, President Barack Obama visited the Oklahoma City suburb, telling residents that “folks are behind you.”

The White House has said the Federal Emergency Management Agency has already provided $57 million in rebates and incentives to help build some 12,000 storm shelters in Oklahoma, which the White House says “can be the difference between life and death.”

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