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Published: Thursday, Oct. 28 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Jeff R.
Sheridan, WY

I'm glad to see our tithing dollars going to a great cause.

Woods Cross, UT

This is a noble cause... kudos to the LDS Church.

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Jeff, according to this article (and church policy) humanitarian funds, not tithing dollars, are used for such efforts. This article does make me want to contribute to the cause. I didn't realize the scope of the need for such surgeries.

One may question how such a large donation can be made by a cult, as the LDS Church is called by less informed people? (See today's DNews article on Mitt Romney and Nevada politics or just ask that Huckabee dude.)

Kyle loves BYU/Jazz
Provo, UT

Not tithing Jeff. Read the article. The money came from the humanitarian aid fund.

Great article about a great cause and it makes me want to donate to the humanitarian aid fund.

Gob bless these kids who need help!

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

I wish the Federal government could understand that there are people left in this nation with a heart and willing to hand out from their own pockets.

We don't need a government to reach in our pockets to give handouts.

Mary E Petty
Sandy, UT

What a wonderful gift to give these children! Thank you Brethren for your goodness and humanitarian use of these sacred funds. I have been a member of the Church for over a half a century and am thrilled we have these opportunities to share our widow's mite, our bounty, and our talents with others through such reputable and honorable partnerships.

B-Town to A-Town
Bountiful, UT

I am a high school student who has been involved with Operation Smile for almost 3 years. I recently had the honor, privilege and opportunity to go on an Int'l medical mission to Amman, Jordan with OpSmile this last spring. As a member of the church, this story touches my heart even more, as my passion and involvement for both has and continues to change my life forever.

While 104 lives were given a second chance at life this March, over 300 were sent home for hopes another mission could be funded so a 45 minute surgery could be provided (free of charge) for their child that faces cruel judgement, social exile and many health problems from their clefts.

Now maybe they will get that chance.

In my experiences with OS, I meet hundreds of students, nationally/int'l-y.. many are so unaware of the church- I'm glad that this article shows a little light about missionary work/humanitarian work the church provides! :)

OpSmile changes lives- Kathy Magee is an incredible individual; I've met and talked with her several times. This is such a great article! Thanks DNews!

Oahu, HI

This is just a good thing.

A facial deformity need to be fixed and the younger the better.

Self Esteem and even Social Standing are at stake. Overall good development of the child, and being able to get the best education that they can get.

Limited at best by culture and funding to be able to go to school but being ashamed to go to school is a
very good thing.

The Countrys that the Church chose to work with are fairly progressive.

The only way to get aid to the people with out much of it being stolen, is to bring it there yourself in the form of a service.

Good for the Church, good for the kids.

You can be a Mormon Techncrat and say its Not Tithing and be right. However in all giving and Tithing at some leval.

In the LDS Church we can more or less say where it goes. Look at the Tithing Slip.

I am always sure that 100% of any money I give to the Church is used properly, I can cannot say that of any other way of giving to include directly.

I people that help kids with medical problems.

John Adams
Miami, FL

This is an excellent example of what the Lord meant when he talked about helping the poor and needy.

Like Ted said above, we don't need government reaching in our pockets.

Dixie Dan
Saint George, UT

Great idea but why not start in the USA first? There are thousand of children without insurance or any means of financial aide who also need this help.

Jeff R.
Sheridan, WY

Yep, misread it about tithing dollars, my bad. Still a great cause. And Nellie, those that call us a cult need to take a harder and my serious look at what our church does and the vast amount of resources it has for causes like this.

South Jordan, UT

@Dixie Dan - when was the last time you saw a child in the USA who had a cleft palate? I think in over 40 years I've only seen 2 - and both of those later had surgery. Either private insurance, Medicaid or donations virtually ensures that any child here will be taken care of. Primary Children's is not the only hospital who does charity work. Not to mention we have the doctors to do it, many of these poor countries not only don't have the money, they don't have doctors who can do it.

What we call poverty here is wealth in countries who are actually poor.


I agree Dan. Not that the need in these countries doesn't need to be addressed. But what about the people here in the US?

So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

Great cause, and great contribution. As a member of the church, I couldn't be more proud! Re: "B-Town to A-Town," I loved your post. Thank you for your help/assistance. What a personal experience for you.

Beam Me Up Scotty
Layton, UT

The love expressed by all the donors that made this possible should inspire us all.

USS Enterprise, UT

To "42istheanswer | 9:51 a.m. " the poor here are already taken care of. Have you ever heard of the Shriner's Hospital? That is one of many hospitals around the nation that provides care to people that cannot afford it.

The needs of our nation have been met by charitable organizations, and now they help other.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Where the LDS Church has a world wide presence why would they feel the need to limit their assistance to just the USA? They have assisted many different countries in times of need.

Well meaning folks like Dixie Dan should be encouraged to donate to the charities of their choice if they are concerned about where and how the LDS Church focuses their efforts.

Highlands Ranch, CO

It's refreshing not to see people coming on here slamming the Church. I'm grateful to have the resources to be able to be a part of it.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Jeff R. | 2:18 p.m. Oct. 27, 2010
Sheridan, WY
I'm glad to see our tithing dollars going to a great cause.

It's not from "Tithing",
but that other little box;
"Humanitarian Aid"

hint: it not in bold type, and it's the 6th line down from the top -- right between "Book of Mormon" and "Temple Construction"

It's the one conservative Republican Mormons tend to skip over the most -- since they tend to view the poor and needy as lazy & free-loaders.

I'll remind you - 10% Tithing is just the MINIMUM.
Living your Temple covenants means giving 10% in ALL those little boxes.

Ted H
Sandy, UT

Silly LDS Liberal,

You're not LDS. It's ok. We don't care, but its curious why you would want people to think you are.

Interesting that the LDS church is able to give so much money away if the great majority of the members(being Republican as we all agree) skipped over that line as you suggest.

I'm also curious where you heard that living temple covenants means giving 10% in all those boxes?

I'd love to read up on it. Thanks!

P.S. It really is ok that you're not Mormon. We couldnt care less

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