Building hope: How the LDS Church is helping thousands fleeing war and drought


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  • L Central, Utah
    April 22, 2012 3:40 p.m.

    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.

  • Andermart Pullman, WA
    April 16, 2012 6:41 p.m.

    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.

  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    April 16, 2012 5:15 p.m.

    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.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 16, 2012 3:19 p.m.

    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.

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    April 16, 2012 3:13 p.m.

    Re: The Duece --

    Hugh, where have you been? It is called City Creek Center...

  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    April 16, 2012 3:06 p.m.

    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.

  • Twin Sister LINDON, UT
    April 16, 2012 1:05 p.m.

    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.

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    April 16, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    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 going.

  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 16, 2012 12:23 p.m.

    "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.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 16, 2012 11:29 a.m.

    Re: pmccombs Orem, UT

    Matthew 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?

  • Leesha Kearns, UT
    April 16, 2012 10:31 a.m.

    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!

  • My Humble Opinion Sandy, UT
    April 16, 2012 10:15 a.m.

    @ pmccombs: I also like this scripture:

    Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and
    with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote
    That is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how
    wilt 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 7:1-5

  • deep in thought Salt Lake, UT
    April 16, 2012 8:44 a.m.

    @ scojos

    It 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.

  • pmccombs Orem, UT
    April 16, 2012 8:44 a.m.

    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.

  • barbara Carlsbad, CA
    April 16, 2012 7:57 a.m.

    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.

  • scojos Draper, UT
    April 16, 2012 5:49 a.m.

    $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 $900,000.00,collected $9,000,000.00.