...this statement makes my heart happy:"We’re not just the
keepers of our brothers in the church, we are our brother’s keeper,"
said Elder Daniel W. Jones.God bless ALL of the people working in
the muck and mire , the food lines, and clothing and other life sustaining
supplies distribution areas...
@UtahTroutStalker and Impartial7... if you don't like the reports about
Mormons helping out in disasters, don't read this newspaper. You do know
that it serves a mostly LDS population don't you? If you don't want
to see stuff like this about the LDS church go read the NYT, LA Times or many
other larger newspapers, you won't see much like this there. It says a lot about people like yourselves, complaining about people who are
doing good in the world. Your bias against the LDS church is shining brightly.
I personally don't care who is doing the good work, if they're out
there trying to help, they deserve credit if someone wants to give it to them.
It is heartbreaking to see what these families are dealing with. Houston has
mostly been pushed off the front pages but this remains a major story. This past
weekend members from our stake worked an area west of Houston and will continue
for weeks to come. It was heartwarming to see the response from the community;
hundreds of trucks and cars with tools and volunteers descended on the
neighborhood, creating gridlock. The water had recently receded; there was mud
in the streets and the houses were wet. Many families lost everything. Some
still appeared to be in shock. The work was hard but Mormons worked side-by-side
with Muslims, JWs and members from other faiths and relief orgs, many wearing
shirts or vests identifying their affiliation; there was nothing but good will.
In the midst of so much pain and devastation it was an uplifting experience and
many residents were overcome with gratitude. Their road to recovery remains long
and difficult. There is still much to be done and little time. To the armchair
rock-throwers, come and join us. There is room for everyone to help.
"A righteous government would provide the basics for human survival to its
citizens. A righteous religion would demand it."Which prophet
said this? "You know who else is helping? 100,000 Southern
Baptists. 100,000 Catholics. A million Methodists and Presbyterians"Source please? Sitting at your kitchen table in a SLC suburb (or
anywhere USA), writing a check for donation, doesn't really count as the
kind of volunteering that the article is citing.
Ssev posted:=A righteous government would provide the basics for
human survival to its=citizens. A righteous religion would demand it.Ssev, I've responded to this statement in other threads and
you've never answered my question. Why do we need the middleman? Why do we
need the government to act as a middleman? Why doesn't what you call a
righteous religion just "provide the basics for human survival" itself?
In a nation with enough freedom to allow its citizens to contribute to good
causes, what is keeping those citizens themselves from providing those basics,
like the LDS humanitarian services is doing?
UtahTroutStalker posted:=Wow, this is so similar to stories I am
hearing about Catholics, Evangelicals,=Muslims, and Jewish folks helping
people in Texas and Florida.==I guess the main difference is the
glory hounding.If nobody knows the good one particular group is
doing, including other members of that group, doesn't that have the
potential to make the good that group is doing kind of temporary? The people in
that group contribute to society for the duration of their lives, but they
don't inspire others to do the same after their lives are over. What's
wrong with documenting the good they're doing, so that other people, within
that group or without, feel inspired to carry on the good done after their lives
Warning to all working in disaster areas. Make sure to wear masks that are
certified for 'asbestos'. The air will be filled with it and the
'Dust' masks are not suitable. A friend of mine found out later when
he went to a previous disaster in New Orleans and now is worried.
Impartial, I don't see you there helping out, but instead just bashing
yellow shirts. You might be more grateful if your home was one of those where
the yellow shirts showed up to help!!
It's inspiring when people come together to aid their fellow man in the
aftermath of a disaster that kills some and leaves others suffering. It
doesn't matter what religion they belong to or if they have no religion at
all. It's humanity at its best working together.
Glad they're helping, but quit blowing your own horn. You know who else is
helping? 100,000 Southern Baptists. 100,000 Catholics. A million Methodists and
Presbyterians. The difference? They're not all wearing matching shirts and
looking for a photo op.
We have two sons living in the Houston area. One, with his young family, escaped
any storm damage. The other lost his car, but his belongings are all OK. Both
are involved in the Mormon Helping Hands clean-up efforts, and both say the
spirit of brotherhood and love is as powerful as anything they have ever felt. I
am so grateful for the LDS Church--its organization and committed members--who
reach out to serve all God's children. I'm grateful as well for all
God-fearing people who serve so unselfishly. Blessings come to both the givers
and the receivers.
Wow, this is so similar to stories I am hearing about Catholics, Evangelicals,
Muslims, and Jewish folks helping people in Texas and Florida.I
guess the main difference is the glory hounding.
“On Saturday and Sunday, more than 10,000 Mormon Helping Hands volunteers
mucked out the homes of anyone who asked.
‘We’re not just
the keepers of our brothers in the church, we are our brother’s
”If we truly are “our
brother’s keeper,” then would we not also want to treat the
“least” among us the way that Christ expected in Matthew 25? Would
we not ensure that every human being who is “an hungred” has
“meat,” “thirsty” has “drink”;
“naked” are “clothed”; and “sick” and
“in prison” are “visited”?A righteous
government would provide the basics for human survival to its citizens. A
righteous religion would demand it.
The Mormons taking care of business when needed.
I'm glad they're helping. But I'd rather see them in full hazmat
suit and respirator like you'd see the pro's wearing. Older homes can
contain lead paint, asbestos etc. If the home was already full of mold,
they're bringing it home with them on their clothes, contaminating their
tents, sleeping bags, cars, etc etc. No way I'd even consider helping muck
out a flooded or burned home without full hazmat suit and respirator. I'd
definitely help remove trees and other debris however.
I've criticized the Mormon Church for many things in my day but this
isn't one of them. The volunteer spirit and hard work and kind generosity
of the MEMBERS always shines thru. I'm sure the victims are eternally
grateful. Now about those bright yellow shirts. ;)
I admire so much all those who are helping, of whatever religion and background.
I can't go help with the clean-up, but I pray for all those affected, and
all those helping, and I am grateful I can send donations to various groups in
which I have confidence. Most of us can do something. However, getting right in
the trenches and working hard is being an amazing Disciple of Jesus Christ, and
I thank all those wonderful volunteers.
All the work is truly appreciated