This is a message of love for your fellow man. I wonder how many of us here
have gone to the soup kitches, the homeless shelters, the food pantries just to
donate our time. Does it matter if we are liberal or conservative? The most important thing is how many of us are willing to give of ourselves
without looking for anything in return. This is the message President/Prophet
Thomas S. Monson wants us to take.The Book of Mormon gives us a very
clear message: "When you are in the service of your fellow beings, you are
only in the service of your God." What greater gift could we give than to
follow the Prophet and the example of the Savior himself. Are we not all
Samaritans going down the road from Damascus. When we clothe the naked, feed
the hungry, house the homeless and etc, we are doing unto our Savior.It isn't up to the Government to do this. It is up to each and everyone of us
to do it, singlially and individually. We shouldn't need to do it because we
are told to but because we want to.
"According to Googles figures, if donations to all religious organizations
are excluded, liberals give slightly more to charity than conservatives do. But
Mr. Brooks says that if measuring by the percentage of income given,
conservatives are more generous than liberals even to secular causes.In any case, if conservative donations often end up building extravagant
churches, liberal donations frequently sustain art museums, symphonies, schools
and universities that cater to the well-off. (Its great to support the arts and
education, but theyre not the same as charity for the needy. And some research
suggests that donations to education actually increase inequality because they
go mostly to elite institutions attended by the wealthy.)Conservatives also appear to be more generous than liberals in nonfinancial
ways. People in red states are considerably more likely to volunteer for good
causes, and conservatives give blood more often. If liberals and moderates gave
blood as often as conservatives, Mr. Brooks said, the American blood supply
would increase by 45 percent."
President Monson has set a very high standard of Charity for us all. He has
shown what he does with his time, money, talents and resources. Always an
invitation for us to do likewise. That is the way of the Master, when He said
"Come Follow Me." Matthew 6: 8-138 Be not ye
therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of,
before ye ask him. 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our
Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy
kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11
Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the
glory, for ever. Amen.
@Demisana - If you took the time to look at that study, which I have, you will
see that although your statement is correct the conclusions you draw are flawed.
The study actually found that those who are religious donate more than those
who aren't. There just happens to be many more who are religious on the right
than on the left.When comparing the religious right with the
religious left, the religious left gave more than the religious right. The
non-religious left also gave much more than the non-religious right. So the appropriate conclusion would be the left are actually more charitable
than the right. The driver of charitable giving is whether one is religious or
not - even as you say excluding tithes and religious offering - not whether one
is on the "right" or "left".@Sabrecat - If I
vote to have the govt provide relief for the poor and needy, how is that
socialism? By your logic, the govt also should not have the ability to use my
hard-earned income to wage wars that I don't agree with. But that's not how it
works. We live in a democracy where majority rules.
Part of his service to God and his fellow man is to never turn away the needy
and underserved. Unfortunately, the way some view this action is disgusting in
that they think that those served will have no interest in finding work, food,
etc. with their primary interest in buying liquor, drugs, and being lazy as one
political group would have you believe.Such is the sad state of America
These posts are disgusting from both the liberals and conservatives. This is an
article about a man who was taught to live his life in service to his God and
his fellow man. It has nothing to do with politics so please just appreciate the
man and don't try and guess what his politics or social leanings might be.Thank you for the example President Monson.
@Wally West, LOL, LDS Liberal etalYou just don't get it do you ? The difference between conservatives and liberals can be boiled down to
the primary difference between the Law of Consecration and Socialism/Communism.
One chooses to live the Law of Consecration. It isn't forced upon
you like Socialism is. My income is just that. Mine. Aside from taxation for Government essentials ( and this is really where Libs
and Cons differ ) how I decide to spend my income should be entirely my choice.
To "LDS Liberal | 8:16 a.m. " if he was a liberal, he would have sent
somebody else. Just like today's liberals do with charitable giving. They
don't actually give themselves, they raise taxes and create government programs.
re: Commontater | 7:07 a.m. Nov. 30, 2010 "The world would be a
much better place if we could take this page from President Monson's life and
apply it in our own."Agreed, but...re: LOL | 9:40
a.m. Nov. 30, 2010 & Phill | 9:53 a.m. Nov. 30, 2010I was
thinking the same thing. Actually 4 words came to mind >>> Glenn Beck
@BTW You don't get it. Demisana was exactly right. This has nothing to do with
President Monson's politics. There is a very big difference between personal
charity and government redistribution. I believe that I have a personal
responsibility to care for the poor and it doesn't make me a bleeding-heart
liberal or a socialist. If President Obama donates his money to charity it's
different than if he (and the government) donates my money to the
"charities" that he sees fit. Some (or many) liberals, in their smug
arrogance, tend to think that they care more about people than conservatives.
Not true. We just see the role of government differently. Take time to
understand the opposing point of view before you attack it.
Silly LOL,The difference is that republicans know it is wrong to
force someone to give away his money, even when it goes to help the poor.And before you go self righteous on us, studies by both CNN and NYTIMES
have shown that republicans give a greater % of the income to the poor than the
@ Demisana. If President Obama says anything like this he is a socialist. If
President Monson says it he is a compassionate hero.
@LOL - How does Pres. Monson's lifetime of personal service to others have
anything to do with socialism? How does the LDS Church's welfare program in any
way resemble socialism?You only demonstrate your own ignorance.
Personal charity is the opposite of forced redistribution - and tends to benefit
the recipient more, with less chance of creating dependence.By the
way, some liberal social scientists a couple years ago did a study, to see how
giving patterns were different between people on the left versus the right.
They were shocked to find out that the right donates far more, in volunteer
time, goods and cash, than the left - even when they excluded religious
Oh man, this will confuse the Glenn Beck listeners. This is a wonderful article.
I am waiting for one of our stellar Right-wingers to step up to the plate for
their cause whining something about "giving people something for nothing
only encourages laziness and socialism."But the day is
young.Neocons crack me up!LOL!
Each Prophet from Joseph Smith onward has had a particular message. Pres.
Monson's is of being personally involved in doing good.
GREAT article. For the vast majority of us, there will be no ticker tape parade
or monuments created in our honor when we die. Our real and lasting impact will
be on how we treated one another. Sometimes we don't understand what a simple
act of kindness can have on others. If we all followed Pres. Monson's example,
this would be a truly wonderful world to live in.
Eeee Gad - a Bleeding Heart Liberal!God Bless you Pres. Monson!!!!
The world would be a much better place if we could take this page from President
Monson's life and apply it in our own. Having the courage and strength to live
our lives to act upon the promptings of the spirit would bless millions.Boy Scout + a good turn daily = blessings to millions. We can all join
with him at a very little cost of our time. "It's all about time?" I
wonder how many of us are any more busy or involved, than President Monson?