Every time a disaster strikes somewhere, the Bishop does not issue a call to
individuals to go and offer relief. In my experiences, we were told each time
of a certain disaster and all interested showed up to receive more information.
Always totally voluntary, we got organized and whoever could leave the next day
or the next week did just that.
I can't speak for others, but most of my life, and always an active and
engaged member the majority of my time, friends and service are outside of the
church.People who have an attitude of service do it as part of our
lives, not just a Sunday calling. My family looks for ways to serve others all
the time, and I'm sure most of those situations and people have no idea
what church I am from. I do it for me and those I serve, not for the Church. If
the Church happens to benefit from it in some way good for them.This
is true of my friends, most people I socialize with in fact the vast majority
are not members of the LDS church. In fact I can think of only one or two in the
many wards I've lived in who I count as friends. However, I can count most
as my brothers and sisters whom I would do anything for, and them for me and
mine. In my circles we all serve, members or not.
LValfre,I think the answer to your second point is in the article
where it says:"That generosity extends beyond serving in
church-related assignments and paying the tithing and other contributions that
active Mormons are expected to pay. The study found that while church members
give of their time and money to the church, they also give generously to a wide
variety of other community causes and organizations."Reference
your third point. I cannot speak for members in your area. But in my area we
and our LDS friends have been heavily involved as volunteers in extracurricular
school activities and a wide variety of community groups. Given that we are a
small minority of the population this means that the bulk of that interaction is
with non-LDS folks.Just recently, when the huge tornadoes blew
through Southern Indiana, we had ward and stake members asking when they would
get the chance to go and help. I think that speaks well of them.
"concludes that Latter-day Saints share the feelings of their prophet
leader" - Well of course. Otherwise they're not a faithful Mormon."Called to Serve: The Prosocial Behavior of Active Latter-day
Saints" - When it's a calling ... it's not prosocial. It's
reactive not proactive.Did they study if LDS members are social with
a lot of non-members or mainly amongst other LDS members? I think that would
make a big difference from my experience in different wards.
That's awesome love to hear to good things in the news.