The Latter-day Saint Welfare/Humanitarian program is LEGIT

The Latter-day Saint Welfare/Humanitarian program is LEGIT

Different religions around the world are
doing wonderful things to make the world a better place. In this episode we’re
going to take a look at how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
pitches in with their incredibly huge welfare program. Let’s jump in. Between about 1983 and 1985, Ethiopia was
hit with the worst famine they’d seen in a century. The New York times set the
death toll at 1 million. The death toll is catastrophic. If like me you weren’t alive during this time,
maybe you’re familiar with a couple of songs that promoted fundraisers in
connection with this disaster. One is “We are the World” and the other you might be
hearing on the radio nowadays, “Do they know it’s Christmas.” Spencer W Kimball was president of the
church at that time. He called for two special church wide fasts. He asked
members for each fast not to eat or drink anything for 24 hours and to
donate the money they would have spent on that food to the church to aid
Ethiopia. They raised over 11 million dollars. It was this event that catalyzed
the official beginning of the humanitarian branch of the church
now known as Latter-day Saint charities. Funded by the donations of members and
non-members, the goal of this branch is to simply follow Christ’s admonition to
feed the hungry, clothe the naked, take in the stranger and to aid the sick and
afflicted, regardless of a race, nationality, religion, etc. 100% of
humanitarian aid donations- every penny- are used for humanitarian efforts. And
the majority of those aided through Latter-day Saint charities are not
members of our faith. We don’t proselyte to them, we’re not trying to convert them,
that’s not what this is about. Under the umbrella of Latter-day Saint charities,
we’ve got several initiatives going on around the world. There are projects
related to emergency response, food security, vision, health, maternal and
newborn care, clean water and sanitation, immunizations, wheelchairs, refugee
resettlement, and various localized community projects around the world,
addressing issues like homelessness and immigration. From 1985 until 2018,
Latter-day Saint Charities had given over two point two billion dollars in
assistance around the world. In 2018 alone, we were in over a hundred and
forty-one countries and worked on almost 3,000 projects with almost 2,000
partners. We team up with other relief efforts very often on different projects
including the American Red Cross, Catholic Relief Services, Muslim Aid,
UNICEF USA and countless others. Now separate from but similar to
Latter-day Saint charities is the church’s welfare program which is funded
locally by Latter-day Saint fast offerings.
So while Latter-day Saint charities you can say tackles major issues and
disasters, the welfare program usually caters to members of our faith and
sometimes non-members on a much more personal level.
To help fight hunger, the church owns hundreds of thousands of acres of
farmland. They’ve got orchards, canneries, granaries, processing and packaging
plants, and pretty much anything else you can think of. I actually lived close to
one or two church farms growing up in Oregon. What they grow usually ends up in
what we call a “Bishops Storehouse.” There are about a hundred and thirty six of
these storehouses worldwide. They can act as distribution centers when disaster
strikes or whenever people need food through the welfare program, they can
talk with their local bishop who will often send them to pick up what they
need from the storehouse. The majority of which are just like little grocery
stores except everything is free if your bishop sends you there. But the
church isn’t just giving people handouts. It also places a huge
emphasis on self-reliance. If you can’t afford to put food on the table,
we’ll get you food, but we also want to help you get a job or help you start
your business and teach you how to manage your finances. Right now the church operates 259 employment
resource centers around the world that help provide training, experience,
networking, and help for people looking for jobs. The church also provides free
local self-reliance classes probably near you. The church’s self-reliance program is so
good that we recently helped the NAACP rewrite our manuals for
them to use as they work with underprivileged inner-city African
Americans. From latter-day Saint charities to the
welfare program to employment and self-reliance, the church is doing a lot
of good in the world, the majority of which you will never ever hear about. I
don’t work for the church right now but I used to and for the short time that I
did, I was blown away by how much good the church does around the world, massive
projects that I otherwise would have had no idea we’re going on. When it comes to
me personally in my faith, there are a lot of things I firmly believe in and
fewer things I can say I positively know, but I know that the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter day Saints is a formidable force for good in this world
and it all circles back to following the example and teachings of Jesus Christ,
specifically his words recorded in Matthew 25, “In as much as he have done it
unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” If
you’re of a different faith than me, please let me know in the comments about
the good things your faith is doing. Check out the links in the description
for more info on this topic and have a great day.

Daniel Yohans

11 thoughts on “The Latter-day Saint Welfare/Humanitarian program is LEGIT

  1. Mert küçük says:

    We help Muslims but they don't like us. Expecially in my country, Turkey. I don't know what can I do more….

  2. david janbaz says:

    Catholics, Presbyterians and Baptists have built hospitals around the world and many mission programs just like the ones you mentioned.
    I was a volunteer with Compassion International and i helped people sponsor kids, so they could attend Schools, many of which were run by different denominations. Children were sponsored up to college and this made it less likely for poor families to give a child away for a years wages at a sweatshop in a big city. Those were usually prostitution houses, in Thailand or Cambodia.
    Also went on trips with sponsors to see the kids they sponsored !

  3. Lady Skyknight says:

    Bro, this is wild. I was doing research on this topic yesterday and now there’s this video.

  4. Signs says:

    Why would someone give a thumbs down? I bet it's Jessie. Can't stand her.

  5. tpbarron says:

    That was awesome David, thank you!

  6. Ryan Mercer says:

  7. Kevin Sutherlin says:

    I love the LDS people, but the prophet Joseph Smith was a pedophile who married 14 and 15 year old girls, Joseph Smith was 37 years old when he married these girls, that's just disgusting. Heavenly father would never come and talk to a horrible person like Joseph Smith.

  8. Brendan Right Now says:

    Hey David! I'm so excited for the episode where you talk about king James translation! And parables. And speaking in the manner of language. Im so excited because their are so many incredible things you can help people understand with it.

    I love being a latter-day Saint😊😁

  9. redfightblue says:

    $2.3 Billion is $66 Million per year.
    $66 Million is between 1.00% and 0.33% of the value of the church.
    This money comes from donations that are in addition to Tithing and Fast Offerings.

  10. Talisan Oberlander says:

    It was a little insensitive or at least belittling the seriousness of the Ethiopian famine with that clip right after it, no?

  11. Joyce Robertson says:

    I love this about the Church! An LDS friend who had to get a wheelchair from the Red Cross Equipment Loan Program here in BC, Canada, went to pick it up. He got a nice surprise to see it labelled as having been donated by the church.

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