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Our faith influences nearly every aspect of our lives. Beyond simply believing in Jesus Christ, we try to bring His teachings to life at home, at work and in our communities. Here are a few of the cultural priorities embraced by members of the Church around the world.
We are all spiritual children of a loving
Heavenly Father who sent us to this earth to learn and grow in a mortal state. As Mormons,
we are followers of Jesus Christ. We live our lives
to serve Him and teach of His eternal plan for each of us.
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People like to talk about how they need to
"find" themselves. This usually means they’re unhappy, lack direction and are primarily
focused on themselves. Interestingly, Christ said the way to find ourselves was by losing
ourselves: "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his
life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it" (Mark
8:35). Losing ourselves in service is a great way to find ourselves. It allows us
to practice doing what Jesus did. He taught that loving God was the first commandment and
loving our neighbor was the second. We show our love for God by serving each other. And we
love those we serve. Service gives us a happiness that self-interest never will. It happens
in big ways and small, in public and in private, for friends and for strangers.
Even the little things we do, like helping
someone in their garden or holding open a door, can make life a little easier for them—and a
little happier for us. You don’t have to look far to find opportunities to donate your time
and energy. The beauty of following Christ's example is that we don't need to evaluate who,
when or how we serve, we just get to act. It can be planned or spontaneous, for someone we
know or a stranger. Christian service shies away from recognition, accepts no reward and is
motivated by love.
Our Humanitarian Program
In addition to small, personal acts of service,
Mormons give large, organized assistance to areas in need. The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints 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. It
sent an airlift of tents, tarps, diapers and other supplies to the areas of Chile hit by the
February 2010 earthquake, and two planes with over 80,000 pounds each of food and emergency
resources to Haiti in January 2010 due to their catastrophic earthquake. The local, national
and international organization of the church allows it to coordinate relief efforts quickly
so that food, supplies and workers can arrive when they are needed most.
The Church does not discriminate based on
religious affiliation, ethnicity or nationality. We offer hope and the potential for a life
that transcends disease, poverty and despair. It’s all part of God’s plan that we bear each
other’s burdens and act as His hands on earth. The Church’s welfare program also helps
people in need locally by offering temporary assistance in the form of food, clothing and in
the search for employment. Recipients are given the opportunity to work, if possible, in
exchange for this assistance.
Each year, millions of men, women, and children
are impacted by war, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and other disasters. In
these desperate circumstances, quick response is often the difference between life and
Because of this preparedness, the Church is able
to respond immediately in times of emergency. In addition to providing materials, the Church
also helps with funds and volunteers.
World Wide Humanitarian Program - Neonatal
As many as 10 percent of all newborns have
breathing difficulties at birth and require some assistance. With proper training and
minimal equipment, many of the deaths of newborns due to breathing problems can be avoided.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints works with national health organizations and
ministries of health from countries around the world to identify areas where training in
neonatal resuscitation is most desperately needed. The Church then sends volunteer
physicians and nurses to instruct birth attendants in these areas. These local attendants
are then able to train others. More than 80,000 birth attendants have been trained so
In 2001, the Measles Initiative, a partnership
including the American Red Cross, the United Nations World Health Organization, UNICEF, the
UN Foundation, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was created. Its
goal was to reduce the worldwide mortality rate from measles by 90% by the year 2010—down
from its 1999 total of 873,000 deaths worldwide. In 2003, The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints joined the Measles Initiative and committed one million dollars each year
in support of the campaign. The Church has also participated in the social mobilization
effort that is significant to the success of each campaign. A catchy musical jingle,
composed by a young Mormon during the Church’s participation in the Madagascar measles
campaign, has been translated and sung in 28 languages on dozens of radio stations in
subsequent campaigns. From 2004 to 2008, 59,596 Church members in 32 countries volunteered
their efforts in canvassing neighborhoods and helping at vaccination posts. By January 2007
there was a 60% decrease in the world’s measles mortality rate.
Humanitarian Aid - Clean Water
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’
clean water initiative attempts to improve the health of communities by providing access to
sustainable clean water sources. Depending on local needs and circumstances, these water
sources include wells (or boreholes), water storage and delivery systems, and water
purification systems. Since 2002, the Church has helped five million people in over 4,500
communities obtain access to clean water sources. These clean water projects have enjoyed
long-term sustainability because communities are involved in their planning and
implementation, and provide most of the labor. Community representatives are trained on
system maintenance prior to a project’s completion.
Humanitarian Aid - Vision & Eye
The objective of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints’ vision care program is to strengthen eye care services to the poor by
supplying essential technical training, equipment, supplies, and organizational support to
assist local eye care professionals and programs. Using ophthalmologists who volunteer their
time, the Church has assisted local eye care professionals and programs that have benefitted
over 180,000 individuals since 2003.
As many as 100 million people worldwide may need
a wheelchair but only one in 100 can afford to buy one. To be mobile, people with
disabilities often rely on family and friends to carry them from place to place. It can be
extremely difficult just to leave home. Going to school or getting a job may be impossible
dreams. To help, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints partners with community
organizations serving the disabled. The local partner assesses clients, prescribes a device,
and follows up with therapy and support. The Church donates wheelchairs, crutches, walkers,
cushions, and other assistive devices – sometimes purchased from local workshops. When
requested, teams of therapists give additional technical training to the partner. Since
2001, the Church has distributed more than 300,000 wheelchairs in 101 countries.
Your Volunteer Services Are Welcome
Our Humanitarian Aid programs rely on the help
of everyday people who want to relieve some of the suffering in the world. Just as we don’t
discriminate when giving aid based on religious affiliation, ethnicity or nationality,
neither do we discriminate when accepting aid. We welcome anyone who wants to help. You are
welcome to call the LDS Humanitarian Services at (801) 240-3544 or e-mail at email@example.com for more