Reader Voices: It started with a phone call

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  • Rock Calgary, Alberta
    June 2, 2011 9:44 p.m.

    your sarcasm is really sad. Did you not read any of my first two comments.

  • Slippery Treasure Murray, UT
    June 1, 2011 6:52 a.m.

    This article reminds me of an old adage:

    "Give a man a fish, feed him for a day.
    Teach a man to fish, feed him for life.
    Tell a man to pray for fish, and he'll starve.
    Give a man a Book of Mormon and not only will he be 10% poorer, but he'll have no time to fish because of all his callings."

    Just sayin'.

  • LDS Revelations Sandy, UT
    May 31, 2011 6:29 p.m.

    I am a amazed at the comments being made here that question what the author did in this situation. Obviously they fail to see the wisdom in giving this useful book in this time of need.

    This woman was in desperate need of food, clothing, shelter and likely even heat after she was abandoned by her husband.

    Certainly there's a good number of accessible calories in the cover a pages in the book for this lady and her kids. Probably not too tasty but filling nonetheless.

    The pages likely could have be burned for heat or fashioned in to clothing depending on the age/size of the children and perhaps crumpled pages could have formed a cozy bed for them as well.


    All joking aside I have to agree with some of the other posters....the author should have followed her first impulse. Why is it that as LDS we see people as potential converts first and people second? Luckily the Church does not only pass out BoMs to those in serious physical need. To do so misses the whole of the teachings of Jesus which is what the book is supposed to be about..yes?

  • Rock Calgary, Alberta
    May 30, 2011 2:16 p.m.

    Did you miss the 2nd paragraph of my comment above?
    We only have part of the story. I'm sure there was a lot of the immediate needs met while the the other was going on too.
    I agree that you can't talk religion on an empty stomach and that those needs need to be met. I'm sure they were.

  • OC64 Edmonton, AB
    May 30, 2011 10:38 a.m.

    wow. I hoped that the author help with the immediate needs of her friend in addition to giving her a Book of Mormon. If life were as simple as this article suggests maybe the food banks should begin giving out copies of the Book of Mormon instead of baskets of food.

  • moniker lewinsky Taylorsville, UT
    May 29, 2011 11:38 p.m.

    Oh, dear. I'm having so many of my comments rejected I'm just beside myself. One doesn't go through such rigmarole with the Salt Lake Tribune editors. It's all so frustrating I don't know what I am saying wrong.
    Let me try again: Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs explains why it is appropriate (and much more effective) to offer a person sustainance before religion. While I always applaud those orginizations who are willing to offer help to the downtrodden, I find it more appropriate to offer the help first and then, once things are a bit more squared away, talk of visions and angels with flaming swords could commence(though perhaps, on second thought, the talk of angels with flaming swords and other "meaty" issues would come many many years later). Of course, I would also hope that any financial assistance would not come with strings attached and that skepticism would not preclude a destitute single mother from taking care of her children.
    I do so hope that the editors will not take offense with anything I have said here.

  • Rock Calgary, Alberta
    May 28, 2011 4:25 a.m.

    No, there is not much that does not relate to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The "Gospel" as we have come to realize, is not a term that means just another slant on the beliefs of Christ. Your cocktail remark reveals that you don't understand the full picture.
    The "Gospel" is all about the teachings of the Savior and the "Church" is simply an earthly organization that helps us teach and learn about the "Gospel". It is the total opposite of myopic. Although it is very specific in its teachings it is open and broad in its effect and influence.

    I am sure that there was a lot of food, child care, money, compassion, friendship and love going on at the same time. No one can develop a belief in this simple but complex beautiful life with a plate of problems like she had without all the other help and no one in the church would have done that to her. There are many resources that are established in the church specifically to help people in difficulty like that. Without an agenda.
    All of that is evident in her closing statement, a tearful "Thankyou"

  • free thought Blissful, Az
    May 27, 2011 1:25 p.m.

    A cocktail indeed. Is there anything on the planet that does not revolve around your religious beliefs?

    I cannot describe how happy I am to have elimanated this myopic thinking from my life.

    Just love people without an agenda. Can you do that?


  • moniker lewinsky Taylorsville, UT
    May 27, 2011 11:28 a.m.

    It makes my brain hurt to think that this is the way somebody would react to learning that a young mother has been left penniless by her husband. Make it into a missionary opportunity?
    Food. Childcare. Legal counsil. Money. These are all things that could help. The callousness and lack of understanding is amazing. After reading this story, I need a cocktail. And it won't be 5:00 for 5.5 hours.