What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Official Answer

The purpose of Church welfare is to promote self-reliance and to care for and serve the poor and needy. For assistance, recipients are encouraged to work (when able) so that they are blessed and can bless the lives of others. Work is a guiding principle in the Church's welfare program.

  • Working as a volunteer out-of-town truck driver for the Mesa Bishops Storehouse has given me an opportunity to see and give service as part of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Orders are transmitted to the Bishops Store House where volunteers, each Monday morning, package and assemble orders for truck delivery to individuals or families in communities that are located several hundred miles from the Phoenix Metropolin area. The purpose of the Bishops Storehouse welfare services program is to assit those that are not able to purchase food or commodities with temporary assistance. As a volunteer, I feel blessed to see in action the welfare assistance program and the great blessing it is to individuals from order to delivery. Show more

  • The Lord created the earth and has blessed us with the abundance of it to sustain and refresh our souls. Work is an essential part of our temporal and spiritual existence. At times, people are unable to meet their basic needs for survival. This is not due to a lack of love or blessing from our Heavenly Father, rather it happens through the natural course of life's challenges. When people are unable to meet their basic needs, the Church has a program in place to assist members to become self reliant once again. Some of the program involves education and learning how to achieve independence from the bonds of debt and it spiritual or temporal. When we are unable to care for ourselves, we are unable to fulfill the mandate given to us from the Lord to help others. Society envisions welfare as a hand-out, but the Church offers a hand-up. We all have talents and abilities that we can contribute to the betterment of our community around us. It is not the scale of the work that we undertake when serving, it is the quality of the work. We strive to do our best. The individual is responsible to provide for their own needs; they may turn to family and friends for assistance; they may take advantage of government programs and benefits and, if necessary, the Church is there to help. The purpose of the Church's welfare services is not to maintain a certain lifestyle--the purpose is to guide the individuals back to the freedom of self-reliance and independence. Show more

  • The purpose of welfare services of the Mormon Church is to help people that are struggling to get back on their feet while keeping their dignity by giving of themselves in return for what they receive. When my father came to live with us and when our children who have left home have come back to stay with us they have always paid a predetermined amount of rent. Either money or services. That has helped them feel self sufficient and have a good feeling about themselves. Show more

  • Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime. We believe in serving and helping the poor, but to truly help, they need more than just a handout. Self-reliance is the goal. Nothing is more satisfying than getting the strength to stand on our own 2 feet, and the welfare program tries to help people do just that. Show more

  • The purpose of welfare services in the church is to care for the poor and the needy and to teach the principle of self-reliance. Show more

  • To provide relief and help to those in need. I love that the help provided includes teaching those who are in need how to be self-reliant as well so they can help themselves and others in the future. Show more

  • Welfare services are an opportunity to love and care for those of us in our wards and neighborhoods that are struggling with personal financial matters. I am so grateful for the gift of giving and the blessings that flow both ways when we open our hearts, pantries and wallets. The teachings of Jesus Christ clearly emphasises taking care of the poor and needy in our society and Latter Day Saints take this admonition to heart. I am comforted to know that if I or my family is ever in need I can turn to my Bishop and ward in confidence that my basic needs will be met and that all will be well. Show more

  • To allow men and women to become self-sufficient and then to go on to help others to become self-sufficient. It is a cycle which leads to self confidence and freedom from bondage. Show more

  • Welfare services are to facilitate self-reliance and stability. Having been on the receiving-end of these services; I believe there is no greater program that awakens a sense of industry and humility. These services provide food, medical supplies, clothing, and many other amenities, but all contribute to the cause of lifting someone up, getting them back on their feet, encouraging them to build initiative and then passing it on. Show more

  • El propósito de la iglesia es la felicidad de la humanidad ,El propósito del bienestar de la Iglesia es promover la autosuficiencia y de cuidar y servir a los pobres y necesitados. Para obtener ayuda, se alienta a los beneficiarios a trabajar (cuando pueda) para que sean bendecidos y pueden bendecir la vida de los demás. El trabajo es un principio rector en el programa de bienestar de la Iglesia. Show more

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