your sarcasm is really sad. Did you not read any of my first two comments.
This article reminds me of an old adage:"Give a man a fish,
feed him for a day.Teach a man to fish, feed him for life.Tell a man
to pray for fish, and he'll starve.Give a man a Book of Mormon and not
only will he be 10% poorer, but he'll have no time to fish because of all his
I am a amazed at the comments being made here that question what the author did
in this situation. Obviously they fail to see the wisdom in giving this useful
book in this time of need.This woman was in desperate need of food,
clothing, shelter and likely even heat after she was abandoned by her husband.
Certainly there's a good number of accessible calories in the cover
a pages in the book for this lady and her kids. Probably not too tasty but
filling nonetheless. The pages likely could have be burned for heat
or fashioned in to clothing depending on the age/size of the children and
perhaps crumpled pages could have formed a cozy bed for them as well./sarcasmAll joking aside I have to agree with some of the other
posters....the author should have followed her first impulse. Why is it that as
LDS we see people as potential converts first and people second? Luckily the
Church does not only pass out BoMs to those in serious physical need. To do so
misses the whole of the teachings of Jesus which is what the book is
supposed to be about..yes?
Did you miss the 2nd paragraph of my comment above?We only have part of
the story. I'm sure there was a lot of the immediate needs met while the the
other was going on too.I agree that you can't talk religion on an empty
stomach and that those needs need to be met. I'm sure they were.
wow. I hoped that the author help with the immediate needs of her friend in
addition to giving her a Book of Mormon. If life were as simple as this article
suggests maybe the food banks should begin giving out copies of the Book of
Mormon instead of baskets of food.
Oh, dear. I'm having so many of my comments rejected I'm just beside myself.
One doesn't go through such rigmarole with the Salt Lake Tribune editors. It's
all so frustrating I don't know what I am saying wrong. Let me try again:
Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs explains why it is appropriate (and much more
effective) to offer a person sustainance before religion. While I always
applaud those orginizations who are willing to offer help to the downtrodden, I
find it more appropriate to offer the help first and then, once things are a bit
more squared away, talk of visions and angels with flaming swords could
commence(though perhaps, on second thought, the talk of angels with flaming
swords and other "meaty" issues would come many many years later). Of
course, I would also hope that any financial assistance would not come with
strings attached and that skepticism would not preclude a destitute single
mother from taking care of her children.I do so hope that the editors will
not take offense with anything I have said here.
No, there is not much that does not relate to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The
"Gospel" as we have come to realize, is not a term that means just
another slant on the beliefs of Christ. Your cocktail remark reveals that you
don't understand the full picture.The "Gospel" is all about the
teachings of the Savior and the "Church" is simply an earthly
organization that helps us teach and learn about the "Gospel". It is
the total opposite of myopic. Although it is very specific in its teachings it
is open and broad in its effect and influence.I am sure that there
was a lot of food, child care, money, compassion, friendship and love going on
at the same time. No one can develop a belief in this simple but complex
beautiful life with a plate of problems like she had without all the other help
and no one in the church would have done that to her. There are many resources
that are established in the church specifically to help people in difficulty
like that. Without an agenda. All of that is evident in her closing
statement, a tearful "Thankyou"
A cocktail indeed. Is there anything on the planet that does not revolve around
your religious beliefs? I cannot describe how happy I am to have
elimanated this myopic thinking from my life. Just love people
without an agenda. Can you do that?ft
It makes my brain hurt to think that this is the way somebody would react to
learning that a young mother has been left penniless by her husband. Make it
into a missionary opportunity? Food. Childcare. Legal counsil. Money.
These are all things that could help. The callousness and lack of understanding
is amazing. After reading this story, I need a cocktail. And it won't be 5:00
for 5.5 hours.