Thursday, October 2, 2008

Church Welfare

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This is an article that tells about one aspect of the LDS Church Welfare system. People come from all over the world to tour Welfare Square in Salt Lake City and they are always amazed at how this form of assistance differs from government assistance. Probably the most significant piece is the feeling of love that comes with it rather than the scrutiny of the state system which is suspicious, restrictive, difficult to use and requires lots of hoops to jump through and paperwork to produce, adding significant stress to someone who is already struggling emotionally, financially and sometimes physically.

You can see more of how the LDS Church encourages provident living and personal preparedness here: The belief is that we should serve one another as Christ taught but part of that is encouraging self-worth through work and service. In addition to assistance, people are helped with employment, skills-training and rehabilitation. We regularly participate in welfare assignments and supplies are sent worldwide where help is needed. It is a privilege to be part of such efforts and everyone can help in some small way. The combined efforts allow us to make a real difference in the lives of individuals.

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