The article help me to appreciate our daily blessings that we often take
forgranted like toilets that flush and ways to get a drink of good water. I am glad that organizations are able and willing to offer some help.Some help, including right here at home goes un-noticed to individuals
and families. Some of the assistance I know about was to LDS Church members, and
some was not.One I remember was a fine (no-LDS) young man whose
kitchen stove went bad and we were able to get him one. As an artist he then
painted a portrait of Christ that we used for the Church Christmas program.Another (LDS) lost his job and his family needed food. The Bishop &
the Relief Scociety and the Bishop's Storehouse were able to help till he
could get back on his feet. Meanwhile he helped at the Bishop's
storehouse. He is now an Elder's Quorem President and under his leadership
they have just finished a handicapped ramp & cleaning up the yard.I doubt that many have heard of either example and it is difficult for me to
put a dollar value on the many acts of service.
To some, the LDS Church can do no good, no matter how good it is. We get it. I
just wish you got that different funds are used differently. I am sooo grateful
to be part of contributing to putting food in peoples mouths, and I am also
proud to be a part of an institution intelligent enough and savvy enough to make
a difference in the city as well as in the lives of individuals. I guess beauty
is in the eye of the beholder.
To: mightymite - DRAPER, UT: While I do not live in the state of Utah, I have
visited the new mall and found it to be quite beautiful and a bonus to the
downtown area. I was unaware that the LDS Church invested $2 Billion to build
this. Can someone clarify this? I was aware that the LDS Church was involved but
$2 Billion is alot of involvement. I also understood that the downtown area was
in need of improvement and investment. Most comments I have seen support this
and are grateful for the upgrade it has made to the downtown area. This seems
like a win-win for the people of Salt Lake City. I do also agree with others,
this has nothing to do with the story.
Re: mightymite DRAPER, UT"2 billion + on a mall for material
pleasures"The citizens in Salt Lake City appreciate the
rejuvenation of the aging downtown area however it has nothing to do with this
story. I'm amazed that anyone would find fault with the help the LDS
Church is providing for those suffering as the result of war and drought.
Re: The Duece --Hugh, where have you been? It is called City Creek
To: mightymite, DRAPER, UT - can you referene where you come up with the $2
billion + on a mall for material pleasures that you indiate the LDS Church
invested in? I have not seen that number bounced around before.
To scojos and pmccombs and mightymite:Some people seem to find
pleasure in making a career out of fault finding. In stead of seeing the good
and virtuous, they choose to twist the truth so that they can criticize any
good, charitable effort.I appreciate hearing about the good that
NGOs and other charitable organizations give to those who are so desperately in
need around the world or in our local communities. Thank you, Deseret News, for
publishing these articles that help us understand the extraordinary needs of
others around the world which help motivate us to donate what we can to these
relief efforts ourselves and so that we can have a reality check on our own very
fortunate circumstances and be ever grateful for our abundant blessings.
2 billion + on a mall for material pleasures and 22 grand and boasting about
that in an article? You have to be kidding me. When you get under the covers
this is not a faith promoting story but one that becons where all the money is
@pmccombs"Therefore when thou doest thine Ecclesiastic PR, do not
sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the
streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their
reward."----------Critics complain that the LDS Church
does not do enough service. Most of these critics are simply not aware of the
service that the LDS Church does. Then, when the service that the LDS Church
does is made visible, people complain that the LDS Church is "bragging"
about its service. This sets up a scenario in which is is impossible to
counter.Please realize that almost all of the service the members of
the LDS Church does goes unnoticed.
Re: pmccombs Orem, UTMatthew 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and
put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that
are in the house.I think it is appropriate for members of the LDS
Church to know how their offerings are spent. Don't you agree?
Thanks for the great article. We all hear of the unimaginable troubles in the
wold, but not enough about those willing and in a position to help. The picture
of the little boy with the bright eyes and happy smile living in these
conditions brought tears. Thank you!
@ pmccombs: I also like this scripture:Judge not, that ye be not
judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: andwith what
measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the
moteThat is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that
is in thine own eye? Or howwilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out
the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou
hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see
clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.— Matthew
@ scojosIt appears you are trying to be mean spirited? Perhaps take
a note from the famous Oscar Wilde in the opening pages of the classic, The
Picture of Dorian Grey: "Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things
are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault."I love
hearing about charitable ventures from any individual or organization. However
large or small.
Therefore when thou doest thine Ecclesiastic PR, do not sound a trumpet before
thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may
have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Amina's beauty outshines all of Hollywood, don't you think? On another
note, what a huge responsibility it is to distribute charitable funds. As a
people, we in the USA have not idea of the great needs in our world.
Individually, we can never address the really big ones, but we can simply do the
right thing when it comes to those in need who are in our midst. Thank you,
church administrators, for reaching out to the world.
$900,000,000 spent by all. $22,000,000 spent by LDS = 4.1%. How much was
collected from fast offerings? $220,000,000.00? Operation smile:LDS