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LDS charities leader to speak at U.N. event

Published: Tuesday, March 5 2013 11:00 p.m. MST

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DRay
Roy, UT

Incredible effort that also reflects intelligent, co-ordinated people serving others in Christ-centered fashion. Surely the world cannot but applaud the Works of the Latter-Day Saints. If all mankind were "Mormons" we could indeed have a Heaven on earth. I am impressed as to how much this humanitarian service adds to, blesses the lives of those who give, reflecting the Savior's axiomatic teaching that he/she who would save themselves must forget self & serve others; here we see all the world benefitted by whole-self application.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

Service is the "Pure Love of Christ". Thanks.

dave4197
Redding, CA

A good story about a good program. Good to learn that this helping people program is and has been focusing on women and children and their basic needs like clean water and food ready to eat. Tea partiers take note, this is the type of help we well off citizens need to give our less fortunate neighbors, tea partiers want to reduce the cost of helping the poor which ignores the root problem and takes our eye off the ball. tea partiers need to get behind helping the poor and raising the poor out of poverty, using our ample resources more wisely. Wisely and tea party are not words I use together often, I'm waiting for the tea party to stand up and help. The church and its program is not waiting, it's out there helping and focusing on root problems and evaluating how to do better. Congrats to LDS Charity. I'm ready to join this effort with more than donations, now that I'm old, I'm working less, but I'm not yet worthless.
(old) Dave in Redding . . .

Obama10
SYRACUSE, UT

@dave4197 you completely miss the ball with your "Tea Party" comments. Is the LDS church a government agency? The Federal Government has had its "war on poverty" for 60 years and has no discernible effect on poverty, except to make it worse. This is the perfect example of what the "Tea Party" and others claim as examples, that charities can and do better at helping than the Federal Govt.

budhenson
midland, MI

The Islamic world will surely take not of the following phrase: "The church as an institution has as one of its four pillars the charge to reach out and care for the poor"

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

re:budhenson
"From assistance provided in the wake of the devastating December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami to the emergency relief responses following the May 2006 Indonesian earthquake, the LDS Church and Islamic Relief have proved to be provident partners."
(Deseret News Aug. 2009)

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

My input (regarding Ms. Hudson's quote):

First, consider the LDS Church: the Priesthood and Relief Society are a great example of how men and women lead separately and collaboratively; in both they accomplish great things.

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Anyone can subordinate. It is self-evident that good and evil exist and dwell in men and women alike. Simply putting women in power doesn't necessarily improve anything. Some feminists promote moral decay that no nation will thrive with.

Consider a million dollars left alone. Which guy will steal it? Adding women is no different. Just like men, women are tempted by evil. Different things appeal to men and woman, but both still have agency to do right or wrong. Moral choice respects no one.

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We should be focusing on which things men and women should have authority on. That may sound less than politically correct- but in many ways we are different. We should utilize our differences, not deny them.

Where can women most effectively contribute? Where for men? Both in collaboration? It isn't enough to say "give women power". We must ask "What powers can women/men do the most good with?" The most effective system must account for this.

aceroinox
Farmington, UT

@A Voice of Reason--
I think you may be missing the point. Ms. Hudson is referring to nations and cultures where women are basically chattel. Their husbands or fathers can do with them as they please, sometimes including horrible abuse, beatings, death, etc. In some cultures it is forbidden for women to attend school, or even study or read.

So don't go off on some tangent about the dangers of "putting women in power." It's about gradual, subtle changes in culture which over time will allow women to be empowered with agency, as opposed to being slaves.

J-TX
Allen, TX

dave4197:

The Tea Party is a subset of the Republican Party - which traditionally gives individually 20X to charity what the Democrat Party gives.

So the Tea Party is putting their money where their mouth is - they just don't think it should be Government's job or paid for purely out of taxes that are poorly administered and go to wasteful overhead.

bullet56
Olympia, WA

It is said that Charity begins at home. In my little community the LDS Church and outreach is invisible. If the church is helping Americans who are not of the church, I don't see it.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

Just look at the two top Democrats in the White House and add up their combined donations to see what "by example" means to them.

Obama10
SYRACUSE, UT

@bullet56 Most of the LDS Church's charity is invisible. How would you ever know the single mother/widow/unemployed father who is helped through fast offerings at the Ward level paying bills or receiving food from the Bishop's storehouse. Most of the LDS Church's charity is invisible be design. Just because you don't see it, doesn't mean it isn't happening.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

re:Obama10
At least on the local level, most LDS charity goes to LDS members. Therefore, it is invisible to non-LDS. (It is difficult for Utahns--where the LDS church has a large presence--to understand and acknowledge that fact). However, some other churches have ongoing programs to assist the needy without regard for church affiliation. Some churches serve daily meals to the homeless others may offer temporary nighttime shelter. When there was a crackdown here on people who lacked homes and were living in motorhome/campers parking along streets, some churches offered space in their parking lots.

Redshirt1701
Deep Space 9, Ut

To "Truthseeker" Remember about 15 years ago when the tornado went through Salt Lake? Of the dozens of families that had the roofs ripped off there were only 1 or 2 families that needed the shelter.

How about the big winds of 2011 when the winds uprooted all the trees and the LDS church in most areas cut their meetings short on a Sunday and told their members to get the tree limbs cleaned up because another storm was on its way. Entire neighborhoods rallied together (regardless of membership in the LDS church) and cleaned up the tree branches.

The truth is that most of charity from members in the LDS church comes in the form of neighbors taking care of the needs of their neighbors. From shoveling sidewalks to mowing lawns to helping where help is needed. It is just that most LDS members don't announce to the world what they are doing.

Rikitikitavi
Cardston, Alberta

Our Stake organized countless members who traveled 900 miles each way to Minot, N.D. after the flood devastated that city in summer, 2011. That is how my own labor day weekend was spent. My personal reward was the T-shirt which I treasure plus the wonderful feeling of serving others who were in dire need. Not one of all the homes our crew cleaned up was owned by a member of our faith. This story is clearly not unique to any disaster as so many will attest. Work orders were freely given regardless of where these needy folks worship.

sally
Kearns, UT

I remember going on a tour of the LDS Humanitarian Center in Salt Lake. I don't know if they still offer the tour. It was quite an education for me to view what the LDS church provides for others all over the world. If the tour is still available I recommend it.

UnicornL
Long Island, NY

To those who feel they have not seen L.D.S. church members help Non L.D.S. you should ask those of us who suffered through Katrina, Sandy, and recently Nemo. More food, water, and help went to so many. There are not a lot of members among the millions of us on long island so the church sent people from Ohio, Pennslyvania, even from Canada on buses to help with the Sandy cleanup. They wear yellow vests and are always there to help in emergencies. Also they help with shelters all over the United States Anonymously. I have friends in California who did not know that certain shelters and battered women shelters are only open because the church has provided food, water, blankets, and help others get back on there feet. So just because you don't know what the Mormon church does behind the scenes,does not mean it is not going on.

Terrie Bittner
Warminster, PA

@Bullet56: Just a few notes on your comment. You mentioned that charity begins at home. This is one reason Mormons have programs to help their own members. When a Mormon receives help from the Church, they do not have to rely on community resources, leaving more for those without that safety net.

However, the Church is worldwide, and so all of God's kingdom is home for the Church. Mormons go where the need is greatest and that is often in developing nations. They do a great deal here in the US for non-Mormons. I write extensively on their efforts. They often go through other organizations, which is why you don't always hear about it. As an example, I've written about money donated to a detox center in Utah, 2000 pounds of food donated to a food bank in Illinois, supplies given to abused children in Houston...there is a long list, but usually given to another organization to distribute.

reenie72
Sierra Vista, AZ

My husband and I are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have a stake, 7 active wards. Whenever there is a problem, storm, etc., or someone needs help, members of the church will be involved in the group of helpers and/or the one who called others to help. We work well with the community and areas wherever they are. We don't brag about what we do, or make a big deal out of what church we attend. We just get together with others and help as much as we can. We don't ask what church people attend. People are helped no matter what church they belong to.

The Scientist
Provo, UT

The LDS Church is to be commended on these humanitarian aid efforts.

However, when reenie72 writes:

"We don't brag about what we do, or make a big deal out of what church we attend. We just get together with others and help as much as we can. We don't ask what church people attend. People are helped no matter what church they belong to..."

...we can't help but be amazed. The Church "brags" about how much it gives in humanitarian aid all the time, including a regular report on the official website. And most LDS efforts I have seen (covered by major media outlets, because the Church's PR machine makes sure it gets out), the helpers are all wearing special, brightly colored T-shirts advertising the Church to the world!

So please don't try to tell us the Church doesn't "brag". The Church's humanitarian aid is being done everywhere EXCEPT "in secret"!

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