Relief Society's responsibility with welfare

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  • myopinion Sugar Hill, GA
    July 5, 2011 10:08 a.m.

    @ EduardAE --you may want to check the definition of "servitude." Maybe you meant "service" instead?

    ser·vi·tude  noun
    1. slavery or bondage of any kind: political or intellectual servitude.
    2.compulsory service or labor as a punishment for criminals: penal servitude.
    3.Law . a right possessed by one person to use another's property.

  • dotp POTEAU, OK
    July 4, 2011 4:45 p.m.

    As a convert to the church some 35 years ago, I have learned that welfare begins in one's heart. If you have the desire to follow Christ's teachings, you will find a way to be helpful to all who require your help. Sometimes the kindest thing you can do is nothing. But most times, if you pray first, you will find out what you can do for those around you who are suffering even if that means the only thing you can do is put them in touch with others who CAN help them. I have been on both sides of the fence. I have had times of prosperity and times of want. I have learned something from each and every one of those times. And I have learned that to truly care for your fellow-beings, you must have that desire to do so in your heart. Relief Society is a wonderful institution inspired of God. I am grateful to be a part of it and to serve my brothers and sisters in whatever capacity I am asked. I do NOT feel that I am being exploited or mistreated in any way.

  • wosyd Herriman, UT
    July 4, 2011 1:13 p.m.

    "Second, welfare involves being responsible for yourself." (We are responsible for saving ourselves.)
    This statement is true concerning our Soul. Some of the misconception about religion and what the Lord taught can be checked by reading scriptures. I like the one where he admonishes us When the poor ask for bread, not to give them a stone and tell them to be full.
    In a world where there are no jobs, fishing and hunting are controlled by government, the ability to grow ones own food is impossible if you're living in your car.
    We need to be very careful what we teach in our ward's and Stake's.
    Women usually keep the children when the marriage breaks up, have the lowest paying job and fewer resources to improve their opportunities.
    I would like to see our Church expound on how we can serve our sisters who are struggling to survive. Some places in America Church is 50+ miles away so attending is an expense many can't afford.
    These are the times when we define what we stand for. Let us stand with Christ and Love our neighbors as ourselves.

    July 4, 2011 11:36 a.m.

    I give you great credit for all that you have done for the Quorum. You deserved every whit of it and may God have mercy on your soul.

    Jesus, not only did greater service, but was crucified for telling the Pharisees they were wrong in following the traditions of their fathers.

    I still believe that the Relief Society sisters have a deeper understanding on the fine art of servitude.

  • New Yorker Pleasant Grove, UT
    July 3, 2011 5:15 p.m.

    Yes, an excellent story. I also learned a lot.

  • Dadof5sons Montesano, WA
    July 3, 2011 9:37 a.m.

    @ EduardAE,
    Well I take it you never served in a elders quorum? I do not want to blow my own horn, I will tell you that I have done countless service protects with my Quorum. Such as filling food orders working in the wet pack cannery not a easy thing to do. Harvest crops for a local farmer who was laid up in the hospital. helped to reconstruct homes and countless other things with out thought of reward or praise of man. The Sisters in this great church do this out of love and compassion. For the definition of charity is the Pure love of Christ, and who ever posses it in the last days it will be well with them. that's why we do these things its what Christ would want us to do. As Christ has served us we want to serve others. I hope this helps you understand why we do this.

  • Dadof5sons Montesano, WA
    July 3, 2011 9:29 a.m.

    What great story, I learned a lot for this thanks for taking the time to share this.

    July 3, 2011 8:29 a.m.

    Are there only two important distinctions? First, "welfare involves serving one another" and second, "welfare involves being responsible for yourself?" Both of these involve women! Are the priesthood brethren only responsible for the hard physical aspect or bread winning or is there as clear a guide for the brethren as there is for the sisters? How about a class conducted by the Relief Society presidency in teaching the fine art of servitude?