Since 1985, the Church has put over $1.3 billion dollars into Humanitary Assistance and have helped over 178 countries including Japan, Chile, Africa, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and more!
It’s very important to LDS members to help others, because “Jesus Christ told those who would be His followers that they were to give meat to the hungry and drink to those who thirst…He taught while he loved on earth - and has since taught through modern prophets - that we are to love and care for each other…” (Latter Day Saint Charities, Why We Help)
This photo features a local doctor who received additional training, with the help of the Church, in order to immunize against harmful diseases. (Photo from:http://www.lds.org/service/humanitarian/images?lang=eng)
The Church has dug wells, brought food, made food, packaged necessary goods, canned goods, brought medicine to people, toys, and everything else imaginable to those in need.
Where does all this money to help the needy come from?
The Church is entirely non-profit, as mentioned before, all the money that keeps the Church running comes from tithing, and donations.
Do you want to help? Simply follow this link:http://www.ldsphilanthropies.org/humanitarian-services/ where you can make online donations.
What do you think about the Church’s Humanitarian efforts?
Perhaps you’ve noticed, we Mormons are a little fanatic about keeping ourselves modest - making sure nothing is inappropriate. Why? And, what do we think is inappropriate?
Well, in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 it says: “(16)Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (17)If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”
Modesty matters so much to us because we believe the body is sacred, that we should respect it and protect it from the harmful temptations (for both us and others) that can come from dressing scantily.
How do we avoid “scanty” apparel?
Easy! Skirts, shorts and dress hems should reach the knee, the shoulders should be covered and necklines should not be low-cut.
How do you stay modest? Experiences? Tell me!:)
- “Mormon” is a slang term originally used by anti-Mormons to negatively categorize Latter Day Saints but it is now widely embraced by members as a nickname. The proper acronym is LDS.
- We have a living prophet, Thomas S. Monson, who leads and guides the Church with modern revelation.
- The Book of Mormon is not another Bible, (1Nephi 13:40)it is comparable to it in structure and provides a selective history of a group of peoples who migrated from Jerusalem to the Americas.
- We do not support the prosecution of other religions. We believe that men are free to worship as they choose.
- The Church is a non-profit organization, and no person is paid who is called to serve any position within the Church. (2Nephi 26:30-31)
- We do not drink coffee, tea or alcohol, nor do we smoke tobacco or any other harmful substance. We are discouraged from developing unhealthy habits or addictions (such as drinking excessive amounts of caffeine). (D&C 89)
- We do not support plural marriage, it is not allowed among members anywhere in the world. Even if plural marriage is permissible by law in a country, the Church discourages members from it and will not allow those having many wives or husbands to join the Church. (Plural marriage was practiced early on in the Church because it was commanded by God, as it has been in past holy history, yet this was changed when the law forbade plural marriage)
- The Church has a worldwide 4-year seminary program for high school students. It’s an early morning 50 minute class normally held in the local Church buildings. It rotates yearly between the Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants. (We’re in the Old Testament this year!)
- Mormons are Christians, we believe in the Atonement of Jesus Christ.