I remember dearly those years of helping on our Welfare Farm in Washington when
our members were few and money was scarce for all. I loved those many days of
helping thin, weed, irrigate and help harvest sugar beets, corn and wheat.This opportunity to serve others played a part as we moved to various
parts of the United States of America and various other countries. My father
and mother served a welfare services mission in the Philippines 36 years ago and
that was such a blessing for them and gave those people an opportunity to learn
about serving others with needs, spiritually, emotionally, physically, morally,
temporally, and economically. This article helped explain the
changing needs of people and the efficiency the Church has to look at in order
to be able to expand their ability to serve others in so many places.
I understand the reasoning to consolidate the operations but I also lament the
loss of wet-pack canning for home use. I have been a welfare services
missionary at the Lindon Cannery and loved it. I will miss the home canning
that provided chicken chunks and the apple sauce!The loss is to
members who wanted to pressure can items that cannot be cold packed. Now we
will get the chance to work with neighbors and learn to pressure can those
items.If you haven't worked in the canneries you have missed
out on a great experience. If we weren't on a senior couples mission at
present I would be in a cannery helping out, it gets into your blood.The employees at the Lindon Cannery are the greatest people around.
I heard the reason the church made this change is because the of the prodding of
the federal government the concern is with terrorism and food.