Mormon Church gives a gift of hope to cancer patients

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  • Laser Iowa City, IA
    Sept. 15, 2011 8:24 a.m.

    The LDS Church has alwasy been very generous. What a great humantarian gift.

  • momofbron Brooklyn, NY
    Sept. 15, 2011 5:55 a.m.

    What a beautiful gift for such a wonderful cause.

  • Whip Orem, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 7:22 p.m.

    @ Band of Sisters and Solandi:
    I'm saddened that you two are so sadly misled.

    BRAVO to the ACS and the LDS Church for coming together to bring a tiny bit of light and hope to a sometimes very bleak, very real, forecast.
    Cancer is bad enough without extra negativity!

    Wouldn't it be awesome if we could all work toward a goal for good, instead of criticizing each other??
    How much more good could be accomplished if that negative energy was turned into serving someone less fortunate, no matter what color or religion?

  • ItsTessie Aurora, CO
    Sept. 14, 2011 6:05 p.m.

    American Cancer Society, President Monson, all involved, THANK YOU!

    My beautiful sister passed away at the University of Utah Hospital in July. She had cervical cancer. She lived in central Utah and received most of her treatments at Utah Valley RMC, but many, many times we drove her into Salt Lake City for various day surgeries and exams. We were just preparing for starting chemotherapy at Huntsman when she died.

    Two hours of driving each way every time she had a surgery or a long appointment was very taxing on her. We did have lovely family to stay with but sometimes, I did stay at a motel. (I flew in every week from out of state, no immediate family in SLC any more). Sometimes, you're just so tired and don't want to bother anyone.

    You're so right. Families and patients need a place to stay so they don't have to pay for transportation, lodging, and food. It's expensive to eat out all the time.

    Bless you, bless you for building Hope Lodge in Salt Lake. You will help so many!!

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 3:40 p.m.

    and your comments are designed to help the image of the church?

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 3:22 p.m.

    Many comments have missed a point. The LDS Church does in fact 'trumpet' their own good doings, and very frequently. HOWEVER, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.

    The problem with using the Scripture to criticize the Church on this issue is the fact that it's the Church and not a person. If I went around saying 'I do great things for everyone, look at me' ... that's one thing ... but when God says 'I do great things' it's an entirely different matter.

    The irony is that we now find comments saying 'I'm Christian and your Church shouldn't do the work of God, your members don't believe in what they say they do, and despite your so-called charitable works... you are all doing things against God as I want to falsely interpret Him and His word.' --- Now, I'm not phrasing it this way to ridicule those who are criticizing the Church on the grounds of how they interpret the Bible, but simply remarking that such comments have no place according to the peaceful and non-contentious teachings of the Bible- AND they really don't belong on a forum where good work has been done, and we'll praise the good!

  • Band of Sisters RIVERTON, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 3:10 p.m.

    Solandi: Ouch! I guess it's time to try a different strategy of criticism. How about the one that the LDS Church never does anything for the poor and needy of SLC?

  • Joggle Clearfield, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 3:05 p.m.

    Just to add....

    I see Solandi as saying that there is no necessity to "toot your own horn" so to speak when it comes to doing charitable deeds.

    In the language most of you should accept: Jesus says that the hypocrite will give to the poor, but they will do it in such a way that people will notice them and praise them for their generosity. Jesus says that when you give in that manner that you are not pleasing God, but that the applause from man is the only reward you will receive. Many do the same thing today. When your churches raise money for their charitable needs, they offer ways to make sure other people know that they gave the gift. There are many people in this world that are silently charitable. All charity is good and much charity goes unrecognized. There is no need to declare that you or your organization is more charitable or more giving or more anything! Charity is in the realm of believers and non-believers alike and ALL of it does good in the world. It's not a competiton to see who can give the most. It ALL adds up!

  • JoeBlow Miami Area, Fl
    Sept. 14, 2011 3:03 p.m.

    "The LDS Church give more and provides more for people of their faith AND people of other faiths worldwide than ANY other Church in the world."

    USALover, Do you think your comment helps or hurts your church's image?

  • Joggle Clearfield, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 1:32 p.m.


    Not all charity given is in the form of cash thus actual charitable contributions are skewed because actions such as volunteerism are not taken into account. Cash is good, but the selfless people donating themselves personally to causes are of many different beliefs both secualr and religious.

    Fact: Studies of religious belief and generosity that focused on NON-CASH giving found interesting results. In terms of donating blood, the religious belief or non-belief of the donors made absolutely no difference at all to the frequency or amount donated. Likewise, a survey of American doctors who were willing to forgo lucrative medical careers in order to work with the poor in the U.S. or overseas showed negligible differences between the religious and the secular, with 35% of the selfless doctors self-identified non-believers, as compared to 28% Catholics and 26% Protestants.

    As in most research of this type, there is a danger of relying too much on an organizations or peoples's self-reporting of their behavior, especially where something as admired as charitable giving is concerned.

    Your fact probably came from the Deseret News study of this and as such can just as well be regarded as_biased.

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    Sept. 14, 2011 12:48 p.m.

    Ha, JRJ you beat me to it. I was going to suggest a regional pine wood derby competition or a good rousing church basketball game.
    That otta finish off the demo.
    Good to see good use of the church's resources.
    Makes me happy to do my part.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    The LDS Church give more and provides more for people of their faith AND people of other faiths worldwide than ANY other Church in the world.


  • Maryquilter Farmington, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 10:30 a.m.

    @Hutterite: I don't understand your comment or what it has to do with the LDS Church donating this to help support cancer victims and their families???? Maybe you could clarify your point for me, sometimes I'm a little slow on the uptake.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 9:39 a.m.

    If you were able to get over your bitterness towards the LDS church you would be able to see the tremendous amount of good that they do locally and throughout the world. Truly a Christian church as proven by their actions. I see it every day.
    While living in the MidWest about 5 years ago, my small community was ravaged by floods. I watched the volunteer center set up by the local government. I was thrilled to see an entire tractor trailer rig sent by the LDS church full of cleaning and sanitary kits pull in. We unloaded the entire truck into the general area of the volunteer center. I also personally purchased and delivered, in behalf of the LDS church, several thousand dollars of much needed items purchased at a local department store who gave a substantial discount. othing was required in return. No announcement was made.
    "Let your alight so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
    Matthew 5:15
    Also; the LDS church needs to bring to light the truth about what they stand for in the midst of darkness that your kind create.

  • JRJ Pocatello, ID
    Sept. 14, 2011 9:12 a.m.

    My family has three three-year-olds who can handle the demolition for you right away. All we ask is to return them when it is finished. One of them is a wanderer.

  • Coach Biff Lehi, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 9:05 a.m.

    Odd isn't it. Church gets critisized (sp?) for having to much money and then roundly thumped for giving to a wonderful organization like ACS. Let you light so shine, indeed.

  • hc1951 Bend, OR
    Sept. 14, 2011 7:48 a.m.

    My son, George, gave his all in his fight against cancer in Salt Lake City. I will somehow find a way to donate in his name. $1.00 from each parent who has lost a child to this horror will quickly get the job done.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 14, 2011 7:30 a.m.

    Re: solandi20 | 5:36 p.m. Sept. 13, 2011

    The LDS Church didn't blow their trumpet ahead of them as you've suggested. The Deseret News made us aware of their generosity. There are those who oppose every mention of the LDS Church and they certainly don't want the world to know of good deeds done by this church.

    Congratulations go to the American Cancer Society!!

  • GoldieZ Eureka, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 6:13 a.m.

    How would people know there is such a wonderful place coming, if it were not publicized? That is what a public service is all about, a service to the public. What a blessing to all those in need, it will make their lives a little lighter at a very dark time for them. Yes, we need the light to shine!!

  • JoeBlow Miami Area, Fl
    Sept. 14, 2011 5:50 a.m.

    A great gesture by the LDS church. Nothing to gripe about here.

  • Andermart Pullman, WA
    Sept. 13, 2011 11:17 p.m.

    Very nice of the Church to help in this way. It will be a great blessing to many cancer patients, both in and out of the Church. This is a very good thing. Thank you.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 13, 2011 10:45 p.m.

    Naught shall comfort as wouldeth inexpensive pharmaceuticals.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2011 10:26 p.m.

    Mip, I am not Mormon but that answer rocked!

  • D Jamieson Raymond, AB
    Sept. 13, 2011 9:32 p.m.

    How can I contribute?

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Sept. 13, 2011 9:27 p.m.

    Solandi20, perhaps you can tell me why you think the LDS church is blowing a trumpet on this one, considering the program was done by Katie Eccles of the ACS.

    Second you can tell me when I should apply this:
    "Let your alight so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
    Matthew 5:15

    Yes. We Mormons are well versed with the bible.

  • Rob Logan, UT
    Sept. 13, 2011 9:22 p.m.

    By telling about this they will get donations to build the building. Love to hear good stories.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    Sept. 13, 2011 8:57 p.m.


    Katie Eccles is with the American Cancer Society, not the LDS Church. The banners say ACS, not LDS. David Burton, who oversees this type of thing for the LDS Church was not even at the ceremony. Seems to me you need to brush up on the reasons you use to find fault with others and spread your brand of bigotry.

  • statman Lehi, UT
    Sept. 13, 2011 8:28 p.m.

    How is it that a writer who works for a paper that is OWNED BY THE LDS CHURCH can't get the name of the Church right in captions for an article?

    It is the "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" That's "r-d" not "r D"

    For someone working at the Deseret News, this is simply an unacceptable error.

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2011 7:28 p.m.

    solandi20, I offer two points.

    1- The sermon on the mount is literally the words from Jesus Christ, so far as it is translated correctly over 2000 years and across languages. While the most accurate understanding of the sermon can only come from Christ himself, I would offer one alternative to your use of the scripture. - Scripture often appears to contradict itself to those who want to criticize religion, no? Well, these criticisms do not understand the real principle and doctrine of revelation. If Christ said to one crowd 'do not do this' and another 'do this' then would I be right if I used one of those quotes against a people of my choosing? No. The Bible teaches us not to contend and dispute with each other. We should look for good in each other, look for agreement. We should not be looking for a fight.

    If one applied those versus to everyone, then Christ would also be guilty every time he vocalizes any of his own good works, no?

    2- To argue 'using the bible to condemn another's actions isn't criticism' is saying 'my criticizing isn't criticism' and therefore illogical.

    Christ- The prince of peace, not contention.

  • AZgrandma Pomerene, AZ
    Sept. 13, 2011 6:23 p.m.

    It appears to me from the photos that is was the American Cancer Society that held the press conference and was "tooting the horn" and not The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • Zoni Tucson, AZ
    Sept. 13, 2011 6:17 p.m.

    I hope they take lots of pictures and videos of the old building before it goes. It's a good way to remember.

  • solandi20 SYRACUSE, UT
    Sept. 13, 2011 6:14 p.m.

    Ute alumni
    since when was quoting a bible scripture so criticizing? mormons are versed in the bible are they not?

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Sept. 13, 2011 5:50 p.m.

    why don't you do something besides criticize good works? The church is really tooting it's horn. Get a life and do something good. Sorry you are so miserable with yourself that you can only find fault.

  • solandi20 SYRACUSE, UT
    Sept. 13, 2011 5:36 p.m.

    when you go making gifts of mercy, do not blow a trumpet ahead of you, just as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be glorified by men. Truly I say to YOU, They are having their reward in full. 3 But you, when making gifts of mercy, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, 4 that your gifts of mercy may be in secret; then your Father who is looking on in secret will repay you.
    Matt. 6:2-4

  • watcher@75 SMITHFIELD, UT
    Sept. 13, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    A mighty fine goodly action by Church leaders who truly understand what it takes to "succor the weak, lift up the hands that hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees."