Do Mormons only help Mormons?
Much of what is done in the Church is to bless and help those who are not Mormon. The Mormon Church has donated more than $1 billion in cash and material assistance to 167 different countries in need of humanitarian aid since it started keeping track in 1985. Many of these countries have few to no Mormons, but are also non-Christian. More than 53,000 Mormon missionaries serve through the world today. All of their service is to help those who are not Mormon. Joseph Smith himself taught that we are "to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all."
Absolutely not! While we definitely serve the members of our own church, we believe that ALL men and women on this earth are sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. Therefore, we are all one in purpose. Mormons serve people throughout the world on a local/personal level as well as on a global level. Members of our church are able to donate money, which is distributed throughout the world to people and nations in need, especially in times of trouble and disaster. It is also common for members of the church to organize activities where materials for humanitarian aid are gathered and distributed. Show more
As a local Bishop in the Church, I can assure you that we do not limit our help to members. We perform numerous acts of service to our friends in the local community, and we do it gladly because we know service brings us and them great blessings of happiness and satisfaction. Our world wide disaster relief program brings food, clothing, water, sanitations kits and medications to our nonmember brothers and sisters around the world, quickly and effeciently. As Mormons, we know we are fellow citizens of the world and that all peoples are part of our Heavenly Father's family, and we try hard to act accordingy. Show more
Joseph M. Grant answered...
The Church is completely committed to help anyone in need no matter what church they are in. I remember many years back when my wife and I were living in Tempe, AZ while I worked at Arizona State University. As a result of this major fire in a local apartment complex near the university, a large number of college students were displaced, many with families, from their homes, many lost everything but the clothes on their back. While the fire department was still putting out the fire our bishop along with several other bishops in the are area stake presidency went to the fire to reach out to those displaced to offer them temporary shelter. One leader contacted members to see who would open their home to those in need. Another leader arranged for shelter in motels close by. No one left until ever individual and family was taken care of that night. The following Sunday the Stake leadership planned a clothing drive for those displaced and also requested donations of any furniture pieces that could be given to those in need from the fire. Food was also provided from our local Bishop's Storehouse. This is just one of many times were I have seen first hand that our Church along with the members have given of themselves in the same manner in which Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior has taught and how he would expect us to act. Show more
No, of course not. We believe in helping anyone and everyone who is in need of help. Whether that help be physical, emotional, spiritual, or just helping someone's life be less tedious by simple acts of kindness. We believe that it is through the example of Christ that we are shown the way how to live and so it is through our examples, our simple acts of kindness, that we are able to follow in His footsteps and show others how as well. Jesus did not hold His kindnesses and miracles to those who believed, He extended them even unto His enemies, and so as we strive to follow in His path by trying each at his own individual level of growth to do the same. Show more
Not the Mormons I know! Of course one of our responsibilities as Mormons is to try to help the members of our church any way that we can. But Jesus taught that we must love everyone, and that means helping out people even if they're not members of our faith. Our church has made very large humanitarian donations after natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, the Asian tsunami of 2004, and many other catastrophes. A couple years I worked with a large church youth group that did a beautification project at a public park in my hometown. Another time our church group spread gravel and did cleanup at a nearby equestrian trail. Jesus taught often about service, and it is an important part of our religion. Show more
Mormons believe in giving love and service to ALL mankind. I grew up in California, so the ratio of Latter-day Saints to nonmembers in our community was fairly low. However, our stake did many community service projects without regards to whether those whom we were serving were LDS or not. Often we worked alongside other nonmembers in these projects and invited nonmember friends and those of other faiths to join our service efforts. Show more
No Mormons help everyone. We try to be as charitable as possible. Even though we help alot of other Mormon's because of how our church is set up but we love to help everyone. Our Church has a very successfull and large service department that is called "The Helping Hands". This service group is found all over the world, wherever there is need of help from a disaster. During the New Orleans hurricane disaster, a news caster reported that there was two main groups that were giving the most help to those in need, the Mormons, and also the LDS church. What the news caster didn't know was that the Mormons and the LDS church is the same church! Show more
Absolutely not. I personally have been a part of countless efforts to serve those not of our faith. We don't just serve others because we want them to join our Church. We serve because it's the right thing to do. Because it's what the Savior taught and exemplified. I think God often places people in our path when we are in a position to help. Sometimes, this can be a litmus test for how committed we are to living a Christlike life, especially if this "opportunity" comes at a very inconvenient time. Perhaps we sometimes overlook opportunities to help because we are too focused on the problems staring us right in the face. I do know, however, that the Church makes a very concerted investment of time, talent, and resources in humanitarian aid throughout the world. We are often some of the first to arrive and the last to leave in cases like Hurricane Katrina, Haiti, and areas affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004. We often coordinate our efforts with other organizations like the Red Cross or the Catholic Church. Show more
Absolutely not! I grew up in the church and I'd say the number of people that I've helped in the church is significantly smaller than the number of people I've assisted out side the church. This is not to say I don't help my fellow church members. We believe that we are all children of our Heavenly Father. And by that reasoning we are all brothers and sisters. I take that to heart and when I see someone in need I try to help to the best of my ability and training. Organized service projects aside, I've helped several stranded motorists on the side of the road. I give food to people I've seen that appear to be hungry on the side of the road. And for a long time, when I was growing up, my dad and I would do Meals on Wheels for those in need. I've volunteered at soup kitchens more recently. And during times of widely known hurricanes, I've volunteered on clean up crews multiple times. There is a song we have in our church called "Because I Have Been Given Much." I don't want to post the entire lyrics here, but they are available on a popular search engine. That song is very poignant to me and has always been near and dear to my heart. Also being a former Boy Scout, I have tried to uphold both the Scout Law and Oath to this day. I love my Heavenly Father, and I love my fellow man and want to do all I can to help others in any way I can. Show more