Mormon church President Thomas S. Monson has made care for poor and sick a hallmark of his ministry

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  • Bill in Nebraska Maryville, MO
    Dec. 2, 2010 6:28 p.m.

    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.

  • Don't Feed the Trolls Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 1, 2010 1:14 a.m.

    "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."

  • Mary E Petty Sandy, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 8:57 p.m.

    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: 8-13

    8 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.

  • liberate Sandy, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 7:44 p.m.

    @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.

  • Peace Holladay, utah
    Nov. 30, 2010 3:02 p.m.

    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 today.

  • JNA Layton, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 1:31 p.m.

    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.

  • Sabrecat South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 1:24 p.m.

    @Wally West, LOL, LDS Liberal etal

    You 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.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 11:49 a.m.

    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.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 11:44 a.m.

    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, 2010

    I was thinking the same thing. Actually 4 words came to mind >>> Glenn Beck Social Justice

  • Orem Native Orem, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 11:42 a.m.

    @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.

  • Cris B. Sandy, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 11:35 a.m.

    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 left does.

  • BTW Draper, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 10:36 a.m.

    @ Demisana. If President Obama says anything like this he is a socialist. If President Monson says it he is a compassionate hero.

  • Demisana South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 10:04 a.m.

    @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 donations.

  • Phill Provo, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 9:53 a.m.

    Oh man, this will confuse the Glenn Beck listeners. This is a wonderful article.

  • LOL holladay, utah
    Nov. 30, 2010 9:40 a.m.

    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!


  • BobP Port Alice, B.C.
    Nov. 30, 2010 9:37 a.m.

    Each Prophet from Joseph Smith onward has had a particular message. Pres. Monson's is of being personally involved in doing good.

  • Mormon in Michigan Detroit, MI
    Nov. 30, 2010 8:37 a.m.

    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.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 8:16 a.m.

    Eeee Gad - a Bleeding Heart Liberal!

    God Bless you Pres. Monson!!!!

  • Commontater Lehi, UT
    Nov. 30, 2010 7:07 a.m.

    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?