Study rates Latter-day Saints high for 'prosocial behavior'

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  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    June 12, 2012 6:54 a.m.

    Every time a disaster strikes somewhere, the Bishop does not issue a call to individuals to go and offer relief. In my experiences, we were told each time of a certain disaster and all interested showed up to receive more information. Always totally voluntary, we got organized and whoever could leave the next day or the next week did just that.

  • michaelm Waukesha, WI
    March 20, 2012 8:20 p.m.

    I can't speak for others, but most of my life, and always an active and engaged member the majority of my time, friends and service are outside of the church.

    People who have an attitude of service do it as part of our lives, not just a Sunday calling. My family looks for ways to serve others all the time, and I'm sure most of those situations and people have no idea what church I am from. I do it for me and those I serve, not for the Church. If the Church happens to benefit from it in some way good for them.

    This is true of my friends, most people I socialize with in fact the vast majority are not members of the LDS church. In fact I can think of only one or two in the many wards I've lived in who I count as friends. However, I can count most as my brothers and sisters whom I would do anything for, and them for me and mine. In my circles we all serve, members or not.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    March 20, 2012 2:35 p.m.


    I think the answer to your second point is in the article where it says:

    "That generosity extends beyond serving in church-related assignments and paying the tithing and other contributions that active Mormons are expected to pay. The study found that while church members give of their time and money to the church, they also give generously to a wide variety of other community causes and organizations."

    Reference your third point. I cannot speak for members in your area. But in my area we and our LDS friends have been heavily involved as volunteers in extracurricular school activities and a wide variety of community groups. Given that we are a small minority of the population this means that the bulk of that interaction is with non-LDS folks.

    Just recently, when the huge tornadoes blew through Southern Indiana, we had ward and stake members asking when they would get the chance to go and help. I think that speaks well of them.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    March 20, 2012 12:25 p.m.

    "concludes that Latter-day Saints share the feelings of their prophet leader" - Well of course. Otherwise they're not a faithful Mormon.

    "Called to Serve: The Prosocial Behavior of Active Latter-day Saints" - When it's a calling ... it's not prosocial. It's reactive not proactive.

    Did they study if LDS members are social with a lot of non-members or mainly amongst other LDS members? I think that would make a big difference from my experience in different wards.

  • lineup2 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 19, 2012 11:50 a.m.

    That's awesome love to hear to good things in the news.