LDS welfare system is 'a model that works'

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  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Oct. 19, 2012 12:56 p.m.

    The LDS welfare system primarily serves LDS members.

    How many people are Bishops responsible for? 400 or so?

    I wonder what a govt system would look like if it had the equivalent Bisop, Relief Society President, home teacher and visiting teacher to assist each familiy in need.

    What are we doing individually other than writing a check once a month?

    Tithing is not used for temporal welfare purposes.

  • imntmrmn Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 19, 2012 8:14 a.m.

    I have to agree with Cinci Man. It does a LOT of good, but there are too many stories of abuse. People who take advantage when they have been bad with their own money and won't get rid of electronics, excess vehicles and other items. Each Bishop behaves differently with different rules, and because of their kindness or inexperience, are used. Of course, I am not saying this is for all!

    Also, this is ran with people who volunteer. You are not going to have that in government. They volunteer because of their faith. You aren't going to have people volunteer for their government.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Oct. 19, 2012 7:39 a.m.

    I believe that the U.S. welfare system does do lots of good for those who know how to use it correctly. But I would add these two caveats.

    1. It can be too easily abused resulting the an excessive amount of leeches who grow to rely solely on the government for their sustenance when they are capable of working. The LDS system offers opportunities to do something in return for the aid they receive. The government struggles to do things efficiently, so they cannot introduce such a dimension to its program.

    2. The U.S. welfare system cannot be administered efficiently and cost effectively.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 18, 2012 11:58 a.m.

    the LDS welfare system has spiritual roots and also requires those who use it to be decent Christian people not couch potato free loaders. The US welfare system does more harm than good for most people.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 18, 2012 10:59 a.m.

    The LDS church welfare program not only makes sense, but, it works. Now if only the government would operate their welfare program the same way.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Oct. 18, 2012 8:48 a.m.

    GREAT article. Not just this reporting of the article, but the actual article on the Philanthropy Roundtable. We don't often talk about this ourselves, but this is a great detailed article about our philosophy on tithes, offerings and service.

    Click on the first link above.