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Published: Thursday, Jan. 26 2012 5:00 p.m. MST

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Maricopa, AZ

ranchhand, how interesting that you yourself should use the term bigotry to describe someone else.

deseret pete
robertson, Wy

I'm thankful for the opportunity to pay tithing and fsat offerings and for the churches foresight and willingness to use those funds to help members and non-members in times of disaster and hard times.The real goal is to help tempoarily and help people help themselves. The system is correlated with job centers and employment help all over the world. The money given is able to go further because of the volunteer help received from members who work at all these facilities many who have also paid tithing and fst offerings.Can you imagine what could be accomplished if more menbers pparticipated each month.There are approx. 30,000 wards and branches in the church. If every ward increased their Fast Offering ten dollars per month that would be 300,000.00 more per month to help the poor or 3,600,000.oo more per year.See what just helping a little together can do.

Huntsville, UT


Is it bigotry to fight back against the bigot?

We are not the ones voting to take away Civil Rights from you.

Bountiful, UT

The LDS Church welfare system is one of the ways God answers the prayers of the needy. I want to give a shout-out to Elder Glen Rudd who managed Welfare Square for many years. The Bishops Storehouse's throughout the country are a miracle to many!


I am sorry RanchHand, for all the judgmentalism on this comment board.

" Turn the other cheek" is what the bible teaches those who read it.

Pullman, WA

What a great model for an improved US Welfare System.

Medical Lake, Washington

Interesting how a story like this causes such polarization. For one group, they are grateful for all the good being done. For the other, its not enough and there must be bad things in there to dilute the good.

The story was a simple one, explaining what the church IS doing, though it will never be enough, at least in the minds of some. I for one am grateful for the church welfare program which is based on a philosophy that people sometimes need help to regain their footing and the assistance is designed to be temporary until the person in question can become self reliant again. No doubt, everyone knows of a story where the ultimate goal wasn't achieved or the system was abused -- it happens.

After all has been said and done, we'll wait for another news story of people trying to make positive changes and dissect it until we can discover more opportunities for negative comments.

Provo, UT

If only the LDS Church's 'charity' program equaled it's real estate holdings, you'd really have something to crow about.

Palm Bay, Fl

RanchHand, who is this WE you keep talking about ?

Alpine, UT

There is no greater agency for the good of mankind in all the world than what this church so unselfishly does for others, regardless of religious/nonreligious affiliation. What a privilege to be a small part of it.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: RanchHand | 5:18 p.m. Jan. 27, 2012
"Is it bigotry to fight back against the bigot?"

Is it bigotry to advocate moral cleanliness? That is squarely in the domain of religious organizations.

This story is about the good the LDS Church is doing for the poor and needy ...... not about sexual orientation.

Nanaimo, BC

Honestly, reading some of the comments on this article is enough to stop me from reading the comments ever again! It never ceases to amaze me how a few outspoken readers who obviously have nothing but ill feelings about the LDS Church, spend so much of their time reading and commenting on LDS related articles.

Lets put it this way RanchHand, you've made your point over and over and over again, in countless articles. Clearly, you are not exactly in love with the LDS church, its leaders, or its doctrines. No problem. However, this is an LDS newspaper, the majority of its readers are LDS, and so its articles are LDS related. May I suggest that you subscribe to a newspaper that more closely aligns with your views.

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