New term 'conspicuous giving' delves into psychology of giving

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  • freedomingood provo, Utah
    Aug. 19, 2012 7:51 a.m.

    The importance of the churches and temples is to teach us and remind us we are all poor and beggers.

    While some people give without ever have gone to church, many of us have to be taught from childhood and reminded constantly of the right thing to do.

    Think of it like that and you can appreciate our churches and temples.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Aug. 16, 2012 9:33 p.m.

    Scriptures are also full of commands of HS to building temples to the lord. Church, religous buildings are vital for the nurishment of souls. Even my parish donates off the top a tithe each week. Not only are faiths directly giving there are spin off charities like catholic relief services.

    Bill Gates gives for his name. 20 years ago he gave libraries computer and software. Great marketing strategy. Parents see the PCs and Microsoft products in the library. They didn't see the macs in the schools. They buy what is familiar.

    It is bothersome. I don't need to know my neighbor supports a charity that they bring over envelopes for that charity given by the charity. If a family goes on a charity trip they are encouraged to fundraise for it. Why? Why can't they jut pay the fee themselves and go? All these walks and such with Tshirts. You pay $20 a person, get a shirt, put a button on your blog. Really why can't you give the foundation money and forget the gimmick? Giving is no longer a looking at your budget and giving a portion freely.

  • Joe Moe Logan, UT
    Aug. 15, 2012 4:19 p.m.

    Regarding La Vonne's perspective.... Maybe the LDS Church and its members need to do more "conspicuous giving" so La Vonne can fully appreciate the help they give to those in need?

    Not that there isn't evidence of it if you care to look....but there just aren't a lot of press conferences and media events about it.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    Aug. 15, 2012 1:28 p.m.

    La Vonne your ignorance of mormon and catholic charities and service to feeding the poor is astounding.

  • kargirl Sacramento, CA
    Aug. 15, 2012 12:12 p.m.

    To My2Cents: I guess that explains why the USA is about the only first-world country that doesn't have some kind of true universal health care. But as proud individualists, we all have the right to die at home, sick, and poor, and knowing no one else is going to have to worry about us! Wonderful!

    I don't think we are put here to not concern ourselves with others. Can you imagine what we might face in the eternities if the Savior had decided, as He might have, and had the free will to do, to not drink of "the bitter cup"?

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Aug. 15, 2012 11:11 a.m.

    @La Vonne

    Do you have evidence to suggest that Mormon temples are expensive? The truth is they are not. You think of church buildings with beautiful architecture and you assume that makes the project expensive. There is no marble or gold leaf or hardwood flooring inside temples - the floors are carpet, the walls are painted drywall, the artwork and adornments are cheap (or donated).

    When Christ was alive he removed the thieves from the temple, he didn't dismantle it and donate the raw materials to the poor. Clearly Christ thought having temples was important.

  • John Stewart Pill Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 15, 2012 9:10 a.m.

    At first I thought was a picture of Jesus carrying that bag of rice. Turns out it was Sean Penn. Hmmm.

  • La Vonne Laguna Niguel, CA
    Aug. 15, 2012 9:08 a.m.

    I would like to see some of the giving whether for spot light attention or anonymously to be done for the poor. God has said that the true and perfect religion is when we care for the poor, the widows and the orphans James 1:27. What causes me more distress is to see how wealthy churches like the Mormons and the Catholics, build expensive temples while the poor are starving. Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone gave at least a portion of their 10% to the poor? This would please God more than a building.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 15, 2012 4:52 a.m.

    A well presented article that perfectly describes the state of the nation and why poverty is remaining our way of life.

    This "Conspicuous Giving" is the very means and reason the Republicans and socialist and government are so adamant about this type of social behavior. Conspicuous giving is selfish and has little value. Just as some people don't pick up a penny on the street because of its value. It's like dropping that penny on the street and putting your name on it so other can know where it came from.

    Our society has been tricked by news media and many other selfish organizations that say charity and begging is something we should do, a tax we should pay. That is Socialism forcing shared incomes even if you don't have a job or income. Sharing you poverty is not charity, nor is it godly because of the selfish nature as a poor tax.

    The American way has overcome charity and we put our value in self sufficiency and independence and not expecting others to help. And its why government should not be charitable with welfare and health care.

    Charity begins at home and stays in your home.

  • Joe Moe Logan, UT
    Aug. 14, 2012 10:00 p.m.

    There is surely much good accomplished by those giving conspicuously. But there is a caveat, of course. As Jesus taught, such have their reward already when they give to been seen and adulated. And that is fine. It's why they gave, and no one is robbed, and some good is done. But giving out of love and compassion, and not in a limelight, brings additional blessings. He that seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.