LDS Church opens bishops' storehouse to help 'poor and needy'

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  • NightTrader Nanaimo, BC
    Jan. 30, 2012 10:17 a.m.

    Honestly, reading some of the comments on this article is enough to stop me from reading the comments ever again! It never ceases to amaze me how a few outspoken readers who obviously have nothing but ill feelings about the LDS Church, spend so much of their time reading and commenting on LDS related articles.

    Lets put it this way RanchHand, you've made your point over and over and over again, in countless articles. Clearly, you are not exactly in love with the LDS church, its leaders, or its doctrines. No problem. However, this is an LDS newspaper, the majority of its readers are LDS, and so its articles are LDS related. May I suggest that you subscribe to a newspaper that more closely aligns with your views.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 30, 2012 8:10 a.m.

    Re: RanchHand | 5:18 p.m. Jan. 27, 2012
    "Is it bigotry to fight back against the bigot?"

    Is it bigotry to advocate moral cleanliness? That is squarely in the domain of religious organizations.

    This story is about the good the LDS Church is doing for the poor and needy ...... not about sexual orientation.

  • peter Alpine, UT
    Jan. 29, 2012 5:28 p.m.

    There is no greater agency for the good of mankind in all the world than what this church so unselfishly does for others, regardless of religious/nonreligious affiliation. What a privilege to be a small part of it.

  • floridadan Palm Bay, Fl
    Jan. 28, 2012 6:55 p.m.

    RanchHand, who is this WE you keep talking about ?

  • BYUSTER Provo, UT
    Jan. 28, 2012 4:56 p.m.

    If only the LDS Church's 'charity' program equaled it's real estate holdings, you'd really have something to crow about.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Jan. 28, 2012 9:09 a.m.

    Interesting how a story like this causes such polarization. For one group, they are grateful for all the good being done. For the other, its not enough and there must be bad things in there to dilute the good.

    The story was a simple one, explaining what the church IS doing, though it will never be enough, at least in the minds of some. I for one am grateful for the church welfare program which is based on a philosophy that people sometimes need help to regain their footing and the assistance is designed to be temporary until the person in question can become self reliant again. No doubt, everyone knows of a story where the ultimate goal wasn't achieved or the system was abused -- it happens.

    After all has been said and done, we'll wait for another news story of people trying to make positive changes and dissect it until we can discover more opportunities for negative comments.

  • Andermart Pullman, WA
    Jan. 28, 2012 6:01 a.m.

    What a great model for an improved US Welfare System.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Jan. 27, 2012 10:26 p.m.

    I am sorry RanchHand, for all the judgmentalism on this comment board.

    " Turn the other cheek" is what the bible teaches those who read it.

  • LivinLarge Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 27, 2012 6:39 p.m.

    The LDS Church welfare system is one of the ways God answers the prayers of the needy. I want to give a shout-out to Elder Glen Rudd who managed Welfare Square for many years. The Bishops Storehouse's throughout the country are a miracle to many!

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Jan. 27, 2012 5:18 p.m.


    Is it bigotry to fight back against the bigot?

    We are not the ones voting to take away Civil Rights from you.

  • deseret pete robertson, Wy
    Jan. 27, 2012 4:48 p.m.

    I'm thankful for the opportunity to pay tithing and fsat offerings and for the churches foresight and willingness to use those funds to help members and non-members in times of disaster and hard times.The real goal is to help tempoarily and help people help themselves. The system is correlated with job centers and employment help all over the world. The money given is able to go further because of the volunteer help received from members who work at all these facilities many who have also paid tithing and fst offerings.Can you imagine what could be accomplished if more menbers pparticipated each month.There are approx. 30,000 wards and branches in the church. If every ward increased their Fast Offering ten dollars per month that would be 300,000.00 more per month to help the poor or 3,600,000.oo more per year.See what just helping a little together can do.

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    Jan. 27, 2012 3:55 p.m.

    ranchhand, how interesting that you yourself should use the term bigotry to describe someone else.

  • BobP Port Alice, B.C.
    Jan. 27, 2012 3:14 p.m.

    I worked in a Bishops storehouse for a couple of years. It was a great experience and now the expansion of its ability to do good works is a wonderful advance.

  • Californian#1@94131 San Francisco, CA
    Jan. 27, 2012 1:41 p.m.

    Big D, you obviously misread my post, because you haven't a clue what my point was. I'm sorry if I did not make this response to RanchHand clear enough for you.

  • BigD Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 27, 2012 1:30 p.m.

    @ Californian#1

    Please don't comment on things you have no clue about. I'll bet if you did some research you would see that the LDS church supplied aid to all of those disasters. Look up what the church has done in Africa. They also visit prisons. And you have no idea how many people have avoided eviction because of the LDS church. The church also has an employment center to help people find jobs. Just because they choose not to pat themselves on the back does not mean they are not out there doing things.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 27, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    @ RanchHand | 8:36 a.m. Jan. 27, 2012
    Huntsville, UT

    @Lib Ted; churches are NOT charities, yes, they may do *some* charity work, but overall, they're nothing but big, powerful, PACs.

    LOL!! Then you've probably haven't been to church, read the bible, or volunteered with any church group.

    Just because you've chosen to close your eyes to the charity work being done around you by religion, it doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

    Maybe you think charity comes in the form of food stamps on your EBT card. That's not charity, that's a hand out and a way for politicians to ask for your vote by threatening to take your handout away. Same way children are treated.

    I suppose the wall street protesters aren't a super pac, and are a charity organziation in your mind. What a failure that was.

  • Californian#1@94131 San Francisco, CA
    Jan. 27, 2012 12:07 p.m.

    * "Good for the LDS Church; FINALLY, they're doing something useful" *


    Where was the LDS Church when hurricances struck in Central America, earthquake and tsunami killed thousands in the Pacific, Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, a monster quake bashed one of the poorest countries not only in the Americas but the world? Where is the LDS Church all year long when babies in Africa are dying from lack of nutritious food that their young bodies can digest, inmates in prison need a friendly visitor, schools are short on books or supplies, and orphans can use a handmade quilt to hold onto? Where is the LDS Church when ordinary people are losing jobs, being evicted, or going without enough food so they can pay the electric bill?

    Maybe the question should be, haven't you noticed all this was happening, or do you not consider any of it "useful"?

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Jan. 27, 2012 11:32 a.m.

    @Kirk Graves;

    And you choose to ignore the bad that churches do, so I guess that evens out the score.


    The LDS Church (along with others) recently signed yet another document interfering in other people's lives.

    Yes, the LDS Church, along with the Catholic Church and others perform good works but they also perform bad things.

    Does 50 years of charity over-ride 150 years of bigotry (against blacks)?

    If this were a one-good-deed, one-bad-deed cancel out situation, the LDS Church needs another 100 years of good deeds - but they'd better be careful to commit no further bad deeds (but that would be impossible).


    As long as "private Christian Schools" take all Americans, without exception, then sure, they can have tax money. As long as they discriminate, absolutely not.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 27, 2012 10:54 a.m.

    Re: RanchHand | 8:36 a.m. Jan. 27, 2012
    "FINALLY, they're doing something useful"

    The LDS Church celebrated the 75th anniversary of their Churchs welfare program .... last year. While churches have a responsibility to advocate moral cleanliness that doesn't restrict people from making personal choices.

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    Jan. 27, 2012 10:24 a.m.

    Ranchand is only concerned about the collection of tax monies, or the confiscation of MORE private property. As an avowed leftist, he and his commrades just wish they could justify a reason to tax churches. He probably considers organizations such as Planed Parenthood, to be "charitable" and has NO problem with their tax exempt status, or even worse, the co-mingling of private/public funds for them. Funny how he gets to worship abortion providers or "educators", and thats OK for public funding, but NO public funding should go to private Christian schools.

  • Kirk R Graves West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 27, 2012 9:46 a.m.

    The LDS Church Welfare system celebrated it's 50th year in 2011. I can't see how that jives with your "FINALLY" comment.

    Actually, churchs were the very first charities. No matter how you define them. Just because you choose to ignore the good they do, and just because you don't like the stands they sometimes take, does not the change that fact.
    As for the LDS Church in particular, the only "Political" issue they have been involved in recently was Prop 8. Since Prop 8 was also a moral issue, in the minds of LDS, we were not taking a political stand, but a moral stand. It was the LBGT community who have made it a political issue.

  • floridadan Palm Bay, Fl
    Jan. 27, 2012 9:23 a.m.

    The church welfare system is to help people up, not a handout. It is SHORT TERM help to get people on their feet not a generatinal swamp that suck people under and keep them there. I feel sorry for people like RanchHand that can only see the bad in the world.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 27, 2012 9:12 a.m.


    Just curious. How has the church interfered with your business, and what person is getting big and powerful.

    You sound like big, powerful, millionaire, Obama who complains of success.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Jan. 27, 2012 8:36 a.m.

    Good for the LDS Church; FINALLY, they're doing something useful. Now, if we can only get them to leave the rest of us ALONE and mind their own business.

    @Lib Ted; churches are NOT charities, yes, they may do *some* charity work, but overall, they're nothing but big, powerful, PACs.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 27, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    I hope barack and his left wing liberal chronies will leave religion alone. Allow religion to continue doing their charity work. Stop thinking about taxing charitable contributions.

    I know the left has a hard time with religion. It's easy to understand when they look at the few bad apples that come from it. But if they're willing to turn the other cheek for mass murderers, dictators, abortions etc. then you'd think they would turn the other cheek for religion that gives soo much help and support for the poor and needy.

    I would much rather decide where my money goes to help others, rather than the government.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 27, 2012 8:05 a.m.

    Is this the work of a non Christian cult?

  • Naedee Ramirez LEHI, UT
    Jan. 27, 2012 7:52 a.m.

    Well, I think helping Poor people is wonderful However.. I do not believe in just handing Freebees out to those who can work but are not willing. Give Money? NO, give food and help with shelter? YES!

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    Jan. 27, 2012 7:32 a.m.

    It is good the storehouse is there as some people need it. Are there missionaries that advertise it to investigators though. I know of people that took discussions to get welfare help. Boyd K Packer said our program is great we can use all your help.

    Good it is there. Best thing about church welfare like President Benson says it takes the slums out of people who take themselves out of the slums.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 27, 2012 6:01 a.m.

    I thought the government is the only entity with compassion on the poor. Listening to Nancy, Harry, barack and others you'd think the democrats were the only people that cared.

    As it turns out, people are willing and do give their money to the those in need. Looks like the argument that only the government can care for people is dead.

  • floridadan Palm Bay, Fl
    Jan. 27, 2012 5:49 a.m.

    You will never read a story like this in the national news, but you will read stories of people trying to make Mittt Romney look bad for paying his tithing.

    His tithing money goes for things like this instead of lining the pockets of people using god's money for their personal gain !!

  • New Yorker Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 11:22 p.m.

    I'm impressed. What a blessing!

  • trekker Salt Lake, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 5:44 p.m.

    this is wonderful, this will bless many people.