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Mormons are commanded to give 10% of their gross income to the Church in "tithing". After that, they are admonished to give an additional 1% to "fast offerings", an additional percent to "Church Humanitarian Projects". They are also counseled to purchase and keep active subscriptions in several Church published magazines.

Mormons shun service to any organization outside of the Church and consider themselves as doing "spiritual service" to the community by giving time and money to the Church. Church members do very little community service outside of Mormonism and donate less than 1% per year of their income to any organization outside of Mormonism.
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In The Past 150+ Years, Have Mormon Leaders Contributed Anything To Humanity?
Thursday, Mar 10, 2005, at 07:55 AM
Original Author(s): Squid
Topic: SERVICE AND CHARITY   -Link To MC Article-
For as flawed and narcissistic as J. Smith was, you have to credit him with taking pre-existing cosmological ideas and interjecting them into what would become a major American religion through the help of B.Young. Smith's finite/plurality god doctrines coupled with eternal progression, although not new, were innovative on a Christian-style theological and institutional level. Even if these ideas are pure speculation, they contributed to the collective consciousness of religious thought in America. Apostates like the Reformed Mormons, etc. who have figured out that Smith was a frontier mystic and pious con-man at best often choose to keep believing in the idea of "heavenly parents" and other finite conceptions of god that extend far beyond the mainstream Christian concept of Jesus the avatar.

So my question is - have any Mormon leaders since Smith and Young contributed anything even remotely noteworthy to humanity?

I'm stumped.

Here we have over 150 years of top-level Mormon leaders; hundreds of them down through time, literally revered by their followers as fore-ordained, super-elite humans with a direct link to the supreme being of the universe; spirits held back for eons of time, leaders over billions in the preexistence, not counting all of the lesser-worlds that countless lesser spirits were assigned to. Surely their immense inherent talents, spirituality, insights, and genius would carry over a bit into their mortal tenure, much like Mozart the prodigy or a guy like Rain-Man, who, according to unofficial Mormon doctrine, would have carried their genius with them into this world. Even if there was no overt genius present, perhaps the mere force of their will and character from their past lives would exert itself upon humanity - for example, the utter will and desire of Beethoven, the unwavering ministry of Mother Theresa, or even the calculated social-charisma of a Bill Clinton.

Have Mormon leaders made a meaningful contribution on any level? Theology, art, science, philosophy, humanitarian, athletic, political.... ANYTHING?

Church leaders work away in their secure jobs, administrate a corporation, occasionally give an unimaginative and boring, recycled sermon and remind us all how white and male they are in their ever-predictable middle-class republican personas. In short, aside from successfully instituting homogeneity and fundamentalism on a large-scale in middle-America, is there anything remarkable about these men and their contributions???
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New Websites To Help Katrina Victims Brings Out The Best In Mormons
Wednesday, Sep 7, 2005, at 08:07 AM
Original Author(s): Anonymous
Topic: SERVICE AND CHARITY   -Link To MC Article-
http://www.hurricanehousing.org/resul... contains a listing of individuals offering housing to the victims of the hurricane. Among the many entries is the following:
We are a LDS family that are looking for another Lds family. We have room for a medium size family that has children. Please do not call if you are not LDS and do not have children. Our hearts and prayers are with you all. Pets OK: no Smoking OK: no Handicapped accessible: no Near public transit: no
And:
I have one bedroom and a huge mostly unfurnished family room. I am looking for a single mother of 3 to 4 children within the ages of 5 - 10 years. Must be a non-smoker, non-drinker, and if at all possible LDS.
Here's another good one, posted on the New Orleans craigslist http://neworleans.craigslist.org/roo/...:
Reply to: chrisc@vmunix.com Date: 2005-09-02, 11:14AM CDT

We have a full basement available to one LDS/Mormon family, near Nauvoo Temple. Temple Recommend Required. Katrina Survivors Only.

801-404-6191
Temple recommend, indeed.

You know, occasionally that introspective question pops up about whether leaving the fold was the correct thing to do. All it takes is seeing something from someone like chrisc of area code 801 to slap me back into reality and make me realize that I made the correct decision to distance myself.

http://www.aimoo.com/forum/postview.c...

Editor Note: As of 8:16 AM MST it appears that most of these entries have been revised.
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Hurricane Rita Cleanup Report
Tuesday, Oct 18, 2005, at 08:32 AM
Original Author(s): Anonymous
Topic: SERVICE AND CHARITY   -Link To MC Article-
Yesterday, October 15th, I went with others from my ward and stake to cut down trees and do cleanup in southeast Texas in the wake of Hurricane Rita.

I showed up at 5:00 am at our stake center, and my bishop saw that I was wearing a white T-shirt and asked if I needed a yellow "Mormon Helping Hands" shirt. I said, "No, I'm OK." To my surprise, he shrugged it off and said no more about it. After everyone showed up, we left for Orange, TX. At the Orange stake center, I ran into my stake president, who again asked me if I needed a yellow T-shirt. I again said, "No, I'm OK." but didn't bother to stick around for his reaction because I was hurrying into the building to take a leak. A few guys from my ward asked me if I needed a yellow T-shirt. I gave each of them my standard, "No, I'm OK." answer, except one guy who kept pressing the issue. I finally said "I don't look good in yellow." One guy from my ward, XXX, said "Oh, don't bother {myfirstname}, he's an independant thinker." (More on XXX later.) What is the deal with wearing those damn T-shirts? I can't tell if the church is more interested in the PR, the "missionary opportunities", or the actual work beingdone. In Orange there were a couple of guys with a professional video camera going around interviewing people. They didn't look like reporters, because the interviewer was always off-camera and dressed in work clothes, too. I wonder if it was a church PR effort?

Orange and the surrounding area still has a lot of tree damage. All power was back on from what I could tell. There were many businesses open, but still a sizable fraction temporarily closed. About two-thirds of the roofs had at least a small section of blue tarps covering them, and several that were completely covered. The area around Orange is fairly wooded, and probably one third of the trees were snapped in half. Even though it had been three weeks, the storm damage was still pretty evident.

My work group was assigned to Vidor, "Home of the KKK", Texas. We went to a non-member's house. She was an elderly lady who had four or five large trees down in her back yard. My work crew had 8 men and 4 chain saws. It was hot, humid, and heavy work. Differences in religious devotion not withstanding, there wasn't a slacker in my group. We all worked our butts off. At lunch, I joked that if we were Jedi Knights with lightsabers, we'd have finished the job in less than an hour. Brother XXX chuckled, and I got a lot of blank stares, and dour EQP said, "I prefer to live in the real world, not a fantasy world." I had several responses to that, but I kept my mouth shut.

Later in the afternoon, we had one tree left to clear. It was leaning at about a 45 degree angle, up against another tree. After cutting a couple of limbs that were apparently holding it up, it only went down a couple of feet. The roots were still keeping it up. I was tired and punchy, so I ran up the trunk and started to jump on it. XXX also came up and jumped up and down on it with me. It slowly started to fall, and we rode it down. We were only about 8 feet off the ground, and it fell pretty slowly, so it was kind of fun, and we were not ever really in danger. XXX was the only guy there who called me by my first name. Everyone else called me Brother Lastname. I, on the other hand, called everyone by their first names. I really don't understand the whole Brother/Sister thing. If it was meant to show closeness or fellowship, it sure doesn't do it for me. People I am close with call me by my first name, even people I work with. Being addressed by my last name is only done by strangers and ward members. Go figure.

We finished a little early, at 4:00, because all of our chain saws gave out. We still had to cut up that last tree that we downed, but if the saws don't work, there's nothing more we could have done. At least we listened to the Astros game on the radio on the way home, instead of telling each other "inspirational" stories.

I was recently assigned to home teach XXX. I had not really known him or his family before. I am glad to see that he seems like a real person, and not some thoughtless drone. I was pleasantly surprised at how affable and friendly he was, esecially compared to my other work-crew members.

We helped a poor, elderly, non-member lady clear trees from her back yard. I am satisfied that what we did made a real difference, at least to one person. I'm also glad that I didn't have to wear advertising for the church.
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Mormonism - "Killer Of Community Service"
Monday, Jun 26, 2006, at 07:02 AM
Original Author(s): On_my_way_out_2
Topic: SERVICE AND CHARITY   -Link To MC Article-
Thinking of my former time in Mormonism (40 years), I realized that me, my wife and our kids did NOTHING for our communities in the form of service. In fact, this selfishness extended to charitable giving as well. I am not promoting or endorsing any charitable organization here, I am just relating my experiences with this topic. I also realize that not everyone had the same attitude as we did as mormons.

Community Service:

As a busy mormon, I attended Sunday services, additional church meetings, YM/YW activities (weeknights and often weekends), did HT, attended the temple regularly (whatever that meant?), prepared lessons etc... When all of that was done, coupled with a demanding professional life, I found little time and/or energy left to help with community service opportunities. I would see needs to volunteer with various school, community and kids sporting events but I would "quietly" avoid volunteering. Why? Because I felt I was doing my part with all of my "church service".

This cog-dis has been apparent more since we left the morg and have had conversations about this topic with my FIL. FIL and MIL are very active TBM temple workers. As we talk to them about community service, my FIL feels that he is providing a "spiritual service" to his community by doing temple work (huh?). Of course I disagree because I think he's simply wasting away his prime retirement energy on useless work but I regress!

Since we have left the church we have attempted to correct the error of our ways. We have encouraged our kids and actively sought ways to serve our fellow community friends. Being in the morg eliminated the need for us as parents to find "community service" projects for either ourselves or our kids. Now we have to find them ourselves and it takes a hell of a lot of work. However, it does get easier as we get more experience finding those opportunities.

This also segways into the next area.

Charitable Giving:

Of course any faithful, practicing TBM is a "full" tithe payer. What this means to a community is that "mormons" don't contribute to anything else. In my case we felt that after a 10% tithe, an additional ~1% fast offering, church magazine subscriptions, various donations of items for the "church humanitarian aid projects" or should we say the "church members humanitarian aid projects", potlucks and youth activities etc. we didn't have anything left in our budget. The result is we would snub any other "charitable" giving as much as possible. Often we would get "forced" to donate something but it was done begrudgingly. I know it was a bad thing and we are attempting to right our wrongs with both our kids and our community. Again our logic was based on the false premise that we were already doing our part. Looking back I regret donating so much to one organization. We are now teaching our kids that it is okay to drop a $1 into the red salvation army container at Christmas time or to send $10-$20 into the schoolfor some charity or even to buy GS cookies sometimes. It is really not big deal, but we made it a big deal as morgbots.

Of course I acknowledge that there are exceptions to the rule. However, my personal experience was one of selfishness towards my community in the form of my time and money. No wonder mormons are looked at as "peculiar", we were!
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Service Project - Finish the Bishop's Basement!
Monday, Jul 24, 2006, at 08:37 AM
Original Author(s): Fallible
Topic: SERVICE AND CHARITY   -Link To MC Article-
When I was an EQP the Stake challenged each ward to come up with a service project; to help those in need in the ward. That sounded like a good idea; get everyone involved in helping those less fortunate, those truly in need.

My phone rings and it's the first counselor in the bishopric all excited because he had come up with a great service project. "Let's finished the Bishop's basement for him!"

I didn't know what to say. I had thought we were going to help the truly needy in the ward. But the counselor went on to explain to me that the Bishop donated so much of his time to the church, that he taught seminary as an occupation so he didn't make a lot of money, that his wife didn't work outside the home to obey the words of the prophet and to take care for their five children, so you see the bishop was truly needy! He needed the ward to step in and finish his basement for him.

Now mind you, I was TBM through and through at the time but this didn't seem right to me. Was the Bishop a nice guy; yes he was. Did he donate a lot of time for his church calling; yes he did. Was he strapped for cash due to his fairly low paying employment, his five children and his stay at home wife; yes he was. Was his the most needy family in the ward; no his was not.

I explained my feelings to the counselor. The Bishop was short on cash due to the choices he had made and was continuing to make. These were his personal choices about employment, number of children, church callings, etc. Would it be nice for some of his friends or neighbors to perhaps help him do some finish work in his basement, sure. But not as a ward service project. Their were other people in the ward who were in much worst situations not due to their personal choices but due to happenstance. Medical conditions, families where the bread winner had abandoned them, a family who had been involved in a car wreck, etc., etc.

I lost the argument. The Bishop's basement was finished while others in greater need went without. Of course later on in testimony meeting you would have thought that the ward had all turned into literally saints due to the amount of tears, thanks and sobbing that went on. Did it help the Bishop and his family; sure it did, it was a nice thing to do. But as an official church service project I felt it was wrong. I sat there with my hard heart thinking about the other families that could have been helped but weren't.

This isn't meant to condemn all church service projects. Some of them are great and really benefit those in need. But this one didn't. If you really want to hear me rant just ask about another official service project; install a family's roof mount air conditioner.
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Meaningful Service And Church Service Projects In General
Friday, Jun 29, 2007, at 07:54 AM
Original Author(s): Primus
Topic: SERVICE AND CHARITY   -Link To MC Article-
I was reading the post on Temple Square on how a ward goes in and plants items in the gardens there. This is their service project.

Missionaries are also supposed to give 4 hours of service a week.

One of the lines we read in Priesthood each Sunday regarding the Aaronic Priesthood guidelines is that the young men are to give meaningful service.

Now I am thinking about the service projects I have been involved in.

Yesterday, I helped my 2 sons mow an older ladies lawn in the neighborhood. She was a member who was in her 70s who had suffered a stroke last year, and was unable to do it. The yard was big, and took about an hour and 1/2 with a push mower. I thought it was meaningful service (until she insisted on paying my boys and wouldn't take no for an answer) because there was no possible way she could have done it. It was hard exhausting work.

On Saturday, the Elders Quorum is also mowing a lawn...The Salvation Army's church lawn. Why they can't do that themselves is beyond me. I am sure they have at least a couple of guys or gals strong enough to push a mower around the place. I think of this as meaningless service. Other than PR relation points between us and them it does nothing. I might go since it's just down the street a block away and help for the exercise, which I could use.

One thing I have noticed about Church projects is how they LOVE to toot their own horn about how much service they are doing. Service to get converts and tithing. The stake will swoop into a small town in our area each year and clean it up. I think a couple years ago they passed out t-shirts, just like the Katrina thing. So they become walking billboards and do it for ulterior motives.

Basically service for the sake of service without hope for some payback later, does not exist in the Church. It is all about obligating those served to serve the Church later.

I didn't put diapers on my kids with the expectation for them to put diapers on me when I get old and feeble later in life.

Is it true and meaningful service though, if your real aim is to get something in return. If that's the case, then it's not service, it's a job, a job where the Church doesn't pay you, but they expect payment from those served.
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Why Full-Time Active Service In The LDS Church Leads To Emptiness
Friday, Jul 6, 2007, at 12:45 PM
Original Author(s): Skeptical
Topic: SERVICE AND CHARITY   -Link To MC Article-
During the four decades of my LDS Church membership and faithful participation, one lesson was repeated to me on a regular basis: "If you are not happy, you must be disobeying some commandment." Happiness, in the LDS Church, is predicated on righteous living. Righteous living is determined by what other people tell you is correct - parents, home teachers, YM/YW advisors, bishops, stake presidents, mission presidents, General Authorities, et al.

When I was a teenager, I felt happiness exploring my life and its limits. Some of my exploration took me outside of prescribed Mormon boundaries. I felt conflicted then - why did I feel happiness when I was "disobeying." I didn't understand why LDS adults strayed so easily from the source which should have been making them happy.

On my mission, I earned the reputation of being a strict rule follower. I woke up on time, made street contacts as outlined, had baptisms, etc. Yet, when I felt unhappy enough to speak with the mission president, he always told me that the source of my unhappiness was some small disobedience to a rule - and who couldn't find some way to improve compliance?

During the following two decades, I remained very active. During law school, I was an Elders Quorum president of an Oklahoma ward that covered five counties. Then I became a Young Men's President, then Ward Mission Leader, then HP Group Assistant (and temple worker at the same time), then bishopric member, then HP Group leader, then bishopric member again. I never slacked in service and duties. But I was becoming increasingly unhappy.

I noticed along the way the most church duties are nothing more than "busy work." I was having meetings to discuss meetings about other meetings. We didn't do a lot of service. The service we did do was nothing more than busy work - temple attendance - not to benefit the living who actually needed some help, but for the dead (allegedly). And when we did go visit the living, it was usually to encourage them to be active in the church and to re-new their commitment to what was essentially busy work. The LDS Church could and should be known as the Church of the Busy Work.

I have concluded that the LDS Church is incapable of producing happy members - even for the believers. There is only an artificial happiness which comes from staying busy - even when that busy work is sanctioned by church leaders. The placebo effect doesn't last forever. True happiness, in my opinion, comes from within. The Church of the Busy Work teaches that happiness comes from performing arbitrary tasks which have no real significance.

The second problem of such teachings is that when its victims notice that being busy doing church work isn't leading them to happiness, they are told that they aren't doing it well enough, or more of it, or with the right attitude. This just increases the level of unhappiness. The person is forced to look at herself/himself instead of realizing that it is the environment which is causing the problem. No wonder so many LDS men and women have become so dependent on anti-depressants.

The real problem the LDS Church faces isn't its false historical teachings, or past offensive practices, it is that even for the faithful, church hurts.
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Charity: The "Loose Change" Method
Friday, Oct 26, 2007, at 04:38 AM
Original Author(s): Boiseboy
Topic: SERVICE AND CHARITY   -Link To MC Article-
The LDS Church donates enough in humanitarian cash donations each year for all of the members of the church to buy a candy bar. One candy bar. Or maybe a non-caffeinated soda...

According to the church's website, they have donated $201 million in humanitarian cash donations since 1985. That comes to $9, 136,364 per year. The church lists their current membership at 12,868,606 members. The average growth rate of the LDS Church is roughly equivalent to the inflation rate during the period from 1985 to 2007. Therefore the member growth rate is cancelled out by the inflation rate, allowing us to do a simple calculation: Total Donation/Membership/22yrs.

This comes to $0.71 per member per year.

For the average large Mormon family, the required 10% tithing per year costs about the same as the much-needed used car for the kids. From this donation, the loose change from underneath the seats is donated to humanitarian causes.

http://www.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/v/inde...

Yeah, I was amazed when I actually ran the numbers! And these are the figures that the church gives, so I don't think they are any more accurate than the total church membership number at the top of the page.
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Mormon Worldwide Charity
Thursday, Jan 1, 2009, at 05:31 PM
Original Author(s): Odell Campbell
Topic: SERVICE AND CHARITY   -Link To MC Article-
While on a mission in Argentina during the 1980’s I saw poverty for the first time in my life. Although Argentina is a wealthy country there are many urban and rural areas that would be considered poor by North American standards.

Some of these areas were off limits to missionaries for teaching. We were told that the Mormon church feared conversions among the very poor because the converts would tax the LDS financial ability to feed them. (However, I was unaware of any church care of the poor while in Argentina).

During a mission conference, a group of missionaries asked our mission president why the LDS church wasn’t doing more to alleviate the needs of the poor within the country. He responded that teaching people the gospel of Jesus Christ was the answer for helping the poor out from underneath their oppressive burdens. In other words, the church was spending NO money to help the poor in Argentina. The LDS church provided no schools, no food, no health care, no anything for the poor - the poor being seen as too much a burden to carry.

Several months later, I was at a district conference or stake conference when a General Authority came to visit. He stated that the Argentine nation, which was suffering the effects of hyper-inflation) would only blessed economically when the Argentine Mormons paid a full tithing and generous fast offering! Even at twenty years of age, I could barely stand the imperialistic attitude demonstrated at the conference. I was embarrassed by what I heard.

So instead of hospitals, schools, clothes or medicine, the LDS Church came to care for the poor by taking ten percent of their income.

The Mormon Church had enough money to build a temple in South America a hundred times over, yet they forced the South Americans to sacrifice nearly everything they had - including pulling gold fillings out of their mouths to sell the gold to build a temple. James E. Faust was so moved by this sacrafice that he purchased several of the fillings to keep as souvenirs.

You can find photos of James E. Faust proudly holding up a handful of gold fillings, like some gold-hungry conquistador holding up his loot after raping and pillaging the natives.
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Welfare Programme
Friday, Mar 20, 2009, at 08:26 AM
Original Author(s): European View
Topic: SERVICE AND CHARITY   -Link To MC Article-
We hear so much about TSCC's welfare programme and how it looks after it's members - while largely ignoring the other few billion of the world's population - that I thought I'd share with you my experience with ward welfare.

This was back in the eighties, during a recession. I had only been a member for a few years, I was married with three small children. My non-member husband had a job - a precious thing then - but because of economic conditions he was bringing home less and less money each week. However it was a job and he was desperate to hold onto it, he knew if we could make it through the next few months, things would start improving and his wages would go back up. In the meantime though he sometimes was bringing home less than £50 a week. We had little savings which soon went.

Now bear in mind that I was a new member and hadn't even heard of welfare. I don't know if I'm a slow learner, but as a convert it took me decades to work out how the church worked. Then when I had learnt - I left! Anyway, the Bishop asked to see me and told me that someone had told him our family was struggling financially. I told him our situation and this was the help he offered us.

He told me the church encouraged people to be self-sufficient, which I agreed with. then he told me he could help out with food for our family, but because he wanted us to be self-sufficient what he was going to do instead was give me a pear tree!! It was only a sapling right now, but in a few years it would give a good crop of pears. That was it.

I left his office thinking 'That was weird', (Why, oh why didn't I listen to myself), but as I had no knowledge of the welfare programme, I wasn't disappointed.

Since then I have served a long time as RS Pres. (hope you're impressed :) ) so was involved in helping people via ward welfare, often providing food for families for weeks. Different bishop though, mine had had facial hair before becoming bishop, which may explain it. BTW our ward is the wealthiest in this part of Europe.

The outcome at the time was that despite our best efforts my husband had to give up his job and it was over a year until he found one again. Things did improve in his job area in the spring but he didn't get his old job back. Also, we never were given the pear tree!

For those interested in documentation, I think it is a matter of record that some European countries went through a recession in the eighties. However I don't think the pear tree incident is mentioned in public records ;)
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So This Is Why The Members Are Supposed To Clean Their Church Toilets
Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at 07:57 AM
Original Author(s): Susieq#1
Topic: SERVICE AND CHARITY   -Link To MC Article-
Church News article ... "Bishop H. David Burton"...

It's not to save money....noooooo! I am not buying it!

It's about teaching the youth to sacrifice, and respect,if you don't clean it you can't respect it, learn to treat it as special, and to top it off, it's about building personal character and eternal blessings. .

(Typo on the page, I presume this is supposed to be 1999 but I am not sure) Paragraphs added for easy in reading.

Oh ya, this is a new church activity. Not me.

To quote Presiding Bishop H. David Burton from the January 30th, 199 LDS Church News:

"This new program is pretty simple," explained Bishop Burton. "It basically amounts to inviting members of the Church to participate in the cleaning of their buildings in such a way that by their sacrifice, they will come to honor and respect and love these beautiful houses of worship. "When you think about it, next to your home, and next to the temple, where do the important events of life take place?

The meetinghouse becomes a center of spiritual and social activities for our families. Here we worship the Savior every week. Here we partake of the sacrament and remember His atoning sacrifice. Here we listen and learn the doctrines of the kingdom. Here we bless our children.

"Today, it is so easy for us to slip over to these meetinghouses and treat them as any other ordinary building we may enter during the week," he said.In a letter to PH leaders in the U-S and Canada, the First Presidency urged members, especially Aaronic Priesthood quorums, to play a prominent role in the care of meetinghouses.

In the letter from the First Presidency, bishoprics and branch presidencies were encouraged to "enlist their youth to be part of this weekly activity" so that "from this service, young people can deepen their reverence and feelings of respect for the house of the Lord."

"Our youth need opportunities to work," added Elder Robert K. Dellenbach of the Seventy and general president of the Young Men. "We've lost a lot of that perspective. That's the challenge we've got to change. I didn't like cleaning a smelly chicken coup when I was a teenager. But I had to do it. Part of galvanizing our youth in the gospel comes in teaching them to work.

In the process, they will come to revere these buildings, just as their grandparents revere the buildings they helped construct in their day when they sacrificed of their time and means." "The most important thing to understand," continued Bishop Burton, "is that this program was not primarily instituted to save money.

This is a program to develop personal character and receive eternal blessings. "Those priesthood leaders who teach their people that this is an opportunity to sacrifice and to build the kingdom will find success in their efforts," he continued.

Facility management groups enter meetinghouses once a week and assist the cleaning efforts of the members by performing the more difficult maintenance responsibilities, such as refinishing cultural hall floors, cleaning the grouting in rest rooms, and shampooing carpets. They also maintain the equipment used by members and stock the cleaning supplies necessary for members to perform their role."

http://questioninglds.blogspot.com/20...
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Relevance And Serving In The Soup Kitchen
Friday, Nov 6, 2009, at 07:58 AM
Original Author(s): Confused
Topic: SERVICE AND CHARITY   -Link To MC Article-
In our ward a few years ago, somebody came up with the idea that the YM/YW should start volunteering at one of the local soup kitchens. The reason given? To show that we are here. According to the Bishop there were a lot of other churches being represented there and we needed to let people know we are here also. It would be good PR for the church.

The kids, my oldest included, started going there to serve once a month with the strict rule that they could not serve coffee when waiting on tables. This lasted about a half a year. My son and one sister however, continued to go once a month for another two years.

In the first few visits, he would come home full of tears because of the people he saw there. They were not just winos or crazy people, but they were little kids, moms and dads, old and young alike. Many were regular families who just couldn't afford to provide their own meals sometimes due to financial burdens. Some of these same families stayed afterward to clean up.

In YM/YW classes however, the youth were not taught about their experiences or the relevance of the communitys needs. Instead they were taught that the church needs to be seen, anbd that they were doing a great missionary opportunity just be being there.

The soup kitchen staff actually didn't like the Mormons because they were to uppity as one lady put it. One person told my son that they were glad that he and Sis.--- were still coming on their own because it showed that they actually cared and weren't just there to be seen- indeed, most people did not know that those two were members of any church.

It is true that the other churches do tend to let people know who they are, but on the whole they are far better servants at the soup kitchens and are more highly respected. At least, that's what the staffers say...
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How The Church Perverts The Concept Of Charity
Wednesday, Nov 25, 2009, at 09:53 AM
Original Author(s): Lloyd Dobler
Topic: SERVICE AND CHARITY   -Link To MC Article-
Now that I don't believe and have not for a couple years now, I periodically have these moments reflection regarding certain specific aspects of my life as a latter day saint. This reflection usually ends with me gaining a new understanding of just how hollow and superficial my life in the church was......

A few days ago I looked back on the amount of service I have done in my life and of course came to the shocking realization that most all of my service was done within the church. I look back on my life of 38 years and on how many people I really helped. Not many. Have I made a difference for the better in anyones life? The answer shockingly was no. I was shocked because I had live a life dedicated (i thought) to the service of the lord. But beyond helping a shitload of people move, i can't say i helped much of anybody. I felt empty. This huge bag of service i was stuffing full of stuff turned out to be empty. I got really depressed. How is this possible I thought? Then of course, it hit me.

I did not spend a life in the service of the lord or in the service of people or their needs. I spent a life in the service of the LDS CHRUCH. I have spent my life getting people in any way possible to conform their lives to the church because that was what was best for them and its all done in the name of service. Think about how the church ruins service:
  • Through the process of "callings" the church basically tells you how your are going to serve.
  • you rarely serve outside of this calling let alone outside the ward let alone the church (as a general rule of course)
  • Each calling has a certain written and unwritten script where you do your JOB in the way that benefits the church first and the people second.
  • most all callings are referred to as service in the church. it becomes your service.
  • people who you serve know you are serving them
  • for bishoprics or eq pres relief pres etc or ward council, the people who are "in need" (which again is another way of saying that their behavior does not conform, many times these people are actually quite happy) well their names become known. and then the people serving them invariably tell their friends how so and so is struggling, but don't tell anybody, and that they are helping them etc.
  • members basically do not do service in secret (as a general rule)
  • you really don't even think in terms of what is best for the person, its always, what is best for the church FIRST is what is best for the person period. The person you are serving becomes an object or a vehicle for YOU. It's so backward
  • Service in the church is basically getting people who don't go to church to go, getting people who don't obey the rules to obey, getting people baptized, sometimes helping people financially which most times winds up being humiliating to the person on some level, doing lessons for sunday even counts as service. All sorts of stupid callings count as service (like sunday school president etc)
  • The ends always justifies the means in church service. Does it really matter how the 13 year old got to the point where they got up and said they know the church was true, no, just that they said it. and if you helpted manipulate that person, voila, that counts as service!
  • don't even get me started on elderly missions etc.
  • My parents spend 30 hours a week working in this singles ward and all they are really doing is getting people to come to church, pay tithing, get married in the temple, come to family home evening, pray every day, read the book of mormon, do their home teaching, go to activities, i mean you get the point. are they really helping anybody? will these peole even remember them 6 months from now? I can't believe how their lives are being wasted with this kind of "service"
The lds church has their members basically work for their own best interest and do it in the name of Jesus AND tell them that they are becoming better people for it. It all revolves around getting more people to conform to their ideal. its horrible.

now that i don't believe me and my wife are exploring ways to help in our community. the process is already much more fulfilling and REAL. My wife still believes but she is excited and i think that she is going to realize that this kind of helping is way better than the facade of church service. We will see which kind of servie makes her "feel" better. Helping children with health problems improve motor skills, learning to read or making a god damn craft your that tuesday nights YW handout. I can't believe how little i have done to help people but i am excited about the future. the church should be ashamed of themselves but of course.
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Church Priorties Downtown and Appearances
Friday, Jul 16, 2010, at 09:16 AM
Original Author(s): Free At Last!
Topic: SERVICE AND CHARITY   -Link To MC Article-
I work in the affordable housing world in SLC, which means working with the homeless and the other entities and organizations that do, too.

The church's contributions to end homelessness in Utah are negligible at best. They do not provide volunteers to feed the homeless, or money to buy new shelters with more beds, or health care for the sick and dying needy that they see everyday on our streets... They do, however, provide hygeine kits when asked.... but the other nonprofits have to PAY for them.

Last fall, my organization held a resource fair in SLC for low and middle-income individuals and families. We do do this annually. We provided free health screenings, eye screenings, haircuts, took HEAT applications onsite (for utility payment assistance), gave away free hot meals, had entertainment and fun stuff for kids, and had dozens of social service vendors to provide information about their services (dws, the u of u, etc). The LDS church chose not to participate, and charged us several hundred dollars for the hygeine kits that we gave away for free. We were sponsored by American Express, Morgan Stanley, and Salt Lake County.

Yes - american express does more for the homeless in Utah than the church ever will.
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Recent Church PR
Monday, Aug 9, 2010, at 07:17 AM
Original Author(s): The Truth Hurts
Topic: SERVICE AND CHARITY   -Link To MC Article-
TSCC now has someone in each ward called as a "public affairs specialist." One of the things these individuals do is attend other churches in addition to their Mormon meetings every Sunday. They are generally asked to work with at least three other churches in their local area, and schedule meetings with the priests / reverends to discuss their faiths on top of attending their worship services. This is all part of TSCC's attempt to "help others understand Mormonism correctly." Of course, they don't tell them real church doctrines - the ones the Morg is now trying to hide from even its own members.

Other things the Morg is doing for PR are as follows:

1) Donating wheelchairs. This seems generous enough, although it would be more generous if TSCC just donated money instead of these. Of course, there is a reason that the Morg donates wheelchairs instead of money to hospitals, schools, and other organizations; it is because they are able to write "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" on the back of each wheelchair they give and use them as PR for the church. Donating money would not only be harder for the recipients to know where the aid came from, but it also turns the recipients into advertisements for the Morg as they ride around in their Joe-Smith-chairs. Almost all of the pictures the Morg takes of its wheelchairs are from the front, so it is hard to know this, but the Morg's name is most definitely written on the back of each wheelchair they donate. Here is a picture of one of such chairs (it is in Spanish):



2) Mormon Helping Hands. The Morg is able to have its members donate of their time and talents without using any of its own money. To top it all off, it is able to use these "faithful" members as advertisement for their organization. Again, each member wears an ugly yellow shirt with "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" written on it, just so that people know where the help is coming from.



3) Missionaries. The Morg is able to convince 50,000 young men and women to pay to serve them for two years. These kids go out and not only proselytize, but do community service as well. And what must they wear at all times? A name tag, with "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" written on it!!



So, to make a long story short, the Morg's newest way of selling itself is to pretend to do service under the guise of advertising their organization. It is sad that most members do not realize that they are being used in this manner when going out to help people.
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Detailed Public Affairs Instructions On The Yellow Vested "Helping Hands" Service Program
Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011, at 08:05 AM
Original Author(s): Every Member A Janitor
Topic: SERVICE AND CHARITY   -Link To MC Article-
You have likely seen the high visibility service projects. The members don yellow vests or shirts with a huge church logo emblazed on the front and back. The local media or even the church's own camera crew is called in to film a service project. The local public affairs rep for the church speaks with the media to give the church credit for the service.

Effective? Yes. Alms before men? Definitely. Can you think of a better example?

The link below contains instructions on how to effectively do alms before men using this program.

A few jewels:

"Also consider that some projects lend themselves better to photography and videotaping than others."

Checklist includes identifying opinion leaders in the community and engaging in pre- service publicity with the local media and news

"properly document through video photography, still photography, and written accounts"

"Please note that the church's role in most cases is to provide laborers only"

-the vest or t-shirt must be worn

"The vest or t- shirt is an important element of the Mormon helping hands program"

-Over three pages on proper use of the vest and protecting the trademark the church has for it

"...helps establish the name and reputation of the church"

" provide a (detailed) summary to the recipient organization"

"Visit members of the recipient organization and report on work performed"

"It is a proven means of helping dispel stereotypes often held about the church, showing Latter-day Saints are christians contributing to the good of their communities."

http://lds.org/pa/pubAf/MormonHelping...
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"Do Other Churches Help The Poor Like We Do?" Asks A Mormon
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011, at 09:06 AM
Original Author(s): Ladybug
Topic: SERVICE AND CHARITY   -Link To MC Article-
AS I was on my way out church welfare becamea problem for me. A couple of things happened.

First, a lady in RS told a story about a neighbor who fell on hard times. Don't remember the story but it might have been a house fire or such. Said she had went to the church to see if church could help them in some way and was told it was for members only.But, she could ask for donations and was doing that now.

Shortly after that (I was in RS presidency at the time) I had to get a food order for a couple on church welfare. Between my schedule and theirs, I ended up going to their house about 9:30pm. The next day my elderly neighbor asked where I was off to late at night.

Explained about church welfare and had to get order in on Tues or they would not get their food on Fri. so, had to get it done. She said to me, "If that ever does happen where they can't get their food send them (or you can go for them) to xyz (local churh here in town)church. They have a food pantry and they give out food to all in need.I asked if you had to be a member and she said no, just need food!

Hmmmm....
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"Do Other Churches Help The Poor Like We Do?" Asks A Mormon
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011, at 09:06 AM
Original Author(s): Anonymous
Topic: SERVICE AND CHARITY   -Link To MC Article-
The pride that Mormons have of the welfare program is about promoting independence and making people self reliant. These are noble ideals but how things really work can be shocking.

My mother is TBM and loyal to the church. She paid tithing from her childhood and added fast offerings to her donations as an adult. All of her life she has been giving her money to the church. When my parents divorced she was self reliant. She went to college, got a degree and went to work to finish raising my younger siblings.

She became a middle-aged single mother with a college degree and post graduate classes and training but she was new in the workforce. Her income was not high enough so she was working two, sometimes three jobs.

In her 50s the blood pressure problems began. Her doctor told her that she had to quit the extra jobs to reduce the risk of stroke or death. She could not make enough income at that point to pay all of her bills and put food on the table. So she went to the bishop for food. Her situation was temporary because she was rising on the pay scale in her main job but needed assistance until the pay raises came.

The bishop insisted that if she got help with food she must work at the cannery to earn it. She made it clear that the only reason she came to him was because her doctor told her she could not work so much. The bishop did not care. "Self reliance" was more important than having a stroke or dying. She was self reliant until the blood pressure problems. She would be self reliant in a few months when the pay raises came. The bishop did not care, could not see beyond the "noble ideals" of the LDS welfare program. Do other churches have untrained clergy that do this to their most faithful members?
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"Do Other Churches Help The Poor Like We Do?" Asks A Mormon
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011, at 09:06 AM
Original Author(s): Jesus Smiths
Topic: SERVICE AND CHARITY   -Link To MC Article-
Check out this:

http://providentliving.org/welfare/pd...

listing LDS as giving about $330Million over 25 years to humanitarian aid.

Now compare, run of the mill consumer corporation giving:

http://philanthropy.com/article/Inter...

Walmart even beats out LDSinc in donations. They gave avgs of ~$300M each year from 2007-2009. That's just a little short of the amount LDSinc gave for all 25 years from 1985 to 2010 for humanitarian aid.

Here are companies that are smaller than the size of LDSinc and gave more in charity percent than LDSinc.

http://philanthropy.com/article/Chart...

I'd rather give my money to Target or Walmart. At least they use more of their profits for charity than the LDS church.
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"Do Other Churches Help The Poor Like We Do?" Asks A Mormon
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011, at 09:07 AM
Original Author(s): Anagrammy
Topic: SERVICE AND CHARITY   -Link To MC Article-
This is an excellent topic to bring up.

When I was an investigator, I was a single mother with four little boys. I had just purchased a house and was struggling financially. The missionaries OFFERED me financial help paying my bills and they coughed up almost $1,000.

So when they tell people they only help members, they are not telling the truth (surprise!)

The LDS church uses their money to promote themselves. It is a reward to steady tithepayers, provided they need it for short term AND WILL SOON BE TITHEPAYERS again. They must be fairly young to have this pencil out.

This principle can be seen in the refusal of the church to help old destitute members no matter how long they have been tithepayers. The church is only willing to take their service and their assets (free estate planning!)

I'll never forget the former stake president who died? in Heber sick, alone and lonely back in the seventies. He wrote a letter saying that he devoted his life to the church, blah, blah, blah, to the exclusion of his family and now he hardly knew his grandchildren and no one comes to visit. No one to take him to the doctor or to help him buy groceries. He said the LDS church sucked him dry and threw him away and he bitterly regretted that he chose an organization before his family.

If you are reading this and are an LDS member lurking, think twice about making "the gospel" the center of your life. We are not here to live for a better "hereafter," we are here to help one another live a better today, and that starts at home with your TIME.
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It Is Not Only Welfare That Is Denied To Inactive Members, It Is Also Services
Thursday, Oct 18, 2012, at 08:54 AM
Original Author(s): Anagrammy
Topic: SERVICE AND CHARITY   -Link To MC Article-
It is not only welfare that is denied to inactive members, it is also services. I once needed help with a stranded child and the bishop in another state refused to aid until the COB was open and he could check to see if I was "truly" an active member.

This was one of several experiences of lack of charity and compassion of the heart that made me ask myself, "Who are these people?"

When I was in the non-profit world, we held many faith-based service activities and the Mormons refused to participate in any of them. They just didn't care that some of their own members were in need. You got the feeling they wanted their "unworthy" members to suffer and didn't want us to help them.
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LDS Sub For Santa
Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012, at 12:59 PM
Original Author(s): My2cents
Topic: SERVICE AND CHARITY   -Link To MC Article-
So my wife and I try and find a family each year that needs some help, especially if they have younger children. My wife called the RS President this year and asked about any needy families in the Ward. We are both totally inactive, haven't attended in years.

My wife received an email with information on a single mother with 3 children. The mother wanted a vacuum cleaner and a mop. The kids listed Sunday clothes and a toy each. Nothing very extravagant or expensive, and we enlist our kids to help so this is not a burden at all and we love doing it. Oh, and the email said what a great blessing to the Ward we were.

But I can't help but think about the money spent on a shopping mall while members don't even have basic cleaning supplies? From my active time all those years ago I recall the Bishops here in Utah would give vouchers to DI so the needy could get those kind of basic things.

Every Christmas I keep reflecting on how different the real church is when compared to the many, many people who open their hearts and wallets for the less fortunate through Angel Tree and Sub for Santa programs. It reinforces my belief each year that the church has no real concept of the word charity.

We will provide the things on that meager list of wants and needs, and probably much more. We also have arranged to have Santa deliver everything.

The other thing that I realize is that we are much more generous and giving now than we ever were as active LDS members. I had the idea that paying tithing and fast offerings was charitable, and I didn't need to do more than that. I now know that it might have been charitable in some small sense of the word to give to a church, but giving directly to another human being without any expectation of some reward is much more satisfying.

A couple of years ago we helped a single mother with a 2 year old daughter, bringing in a christmas tree, decorations for it, and gifts for both of them. After seeing their bare apartment, one of our kids gave them a sofa a few weeks later. She was humbled by the generosity, and her thank-you's with tears streaming down her face made Christmas for us that much more meaningful.

I don't write any of this in any sort of a bragging way. I just wanted to relate what the true spirit of Christmas means to my wife and I and how we accomplish it. And then contrast that with the reality of the corporation masquerading as a church, who insists that the most important thing you do at this time of year is attend tithing settlement.
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A Church Of Assignments?
Monday, Jan 7, 2013, at 07:32 AM
Original Author(s): Mia
Topic: SERVICE AND CHARITY   -Link To MC Article-
Ward Building Reps and Essential practices first video..

https://www.lds.org/callings/meetingh...

This is very telling to me..do you all see the change from this is not a volunteer church to this is a church of assignments? Is this not a major change? The SP in the video wasn't "called" he was assigned? People are not volunteering to clean, they are assigned? Please watch, it is short and not too painful..

When James E. Faust was a Stake President he often advised his Bishops:

"You don't ask, you tell."

But this video is wrong; the members ARE volunteers! If the Mormon leadership forgets that basic fact and keeps treating those members like servants, the Golden Goose (that the leaders take so much for granted now) may end up dead some morning!

This church lives or dies by volunteer effort! What happens if it can no longer find a critical mass of Bishops, and RS presidents, and EQ Presidents etc.? The well may run dry before the church realizes what is wrong -- toilet cleaning is a bad sign -- it could be second to the last straw!

Many other non-profits have died due to lack of volunteers: Ask the Lions Clubs, and the Eagles, and the Odd Fellows!

This video is admitting much more than the church means it to. Obviously the members aren't taking things well. The 20% is probably starting to resent that it is always doing 80% of the ward's work.

And they are saving the church money only so that it can build billion-dollar shopping malls!

Help people feel important. TELL them they are going to clean the church. They are not asked, they are ASSIGNED.

I don't think this one is going to go over too well.

First of all you have SAHM's who clean at home all the time. Then you have their hubby's who don't ever have to do that kind of work.

Neither one of them are going to take it well when they are TOLD they HAVE to clean the church.

The women are burnt out on cleaning up after people. The men thin that kind of work is beneath them. Most of them wouldn't have a clue how to go about it.

This is an idea that is doomed for failure. I have to wonder if the the church is going to end up folding over this one issue.

It's not something I ever imagined, but, I see it heading that way.

Not to mention mom's who work full time, and then are TOLD they have to clean the church also. That's a train wreck waiting to happen.

I once worked full time, had 3 kids, a husband, and a house to deal with. If the bish had called me and told me it was my turn to clean the church, in fact I was ASSIGNED, I would have left the church years ago.

Too bad they didn't start doing this back in the early 90's. I would have told the bish to go to hell.
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Church Welfare Requirements
Monday, Jan 14, 2013, at 07:20 AM
Original Author(s): Sparty
Topic: SERVICE AND CHARITY   -Link To MC Article-
A friend of mine who is on his way out of the church shared this with me today. Apparently the Branch President has been trying to save Salt Lake some money to build more shopping malls in Utah.

I find the whole letter disturbing. It is essentially addressing members who need financial assistance (typically for a short-term problem such as job loss) as second class citizens. For a church that strong arms members into giving generously of their funds, the spirit of charity seems to be lost on this asshole. My friend was telling me that during PEC, the BP was saying that a single mother in the branch will be losing her church welfare because she bought her kids Christmas presents. Disgusting.

The branch "guidelines":

The following is a list of items that apply to all members of the ________Branch who receive financial assistance. While struggling financially, it is important to remember that you should alter your lifestyle and avoid luxuries that do not help you progress toward financial freedom. The items below will help you live within your means and eventually you will become self-reliant once again.

1. Before asking for financial assistance from the Church, you must first exhaust all resources possible such as the following (NOTE: you will be asked about all of these items before receiving assistance):Liquidate all financial assets such as 401K, IRA's and Roth IRA's, savings accounts, stocks, bonds.

Liquidate all unnecessary assets such as extra automobiles (including project cars), motorcycles, quads, snowmobiles, expensive audio and video equipment, tools and equipment that are considered luxuries (riding lawnmower if you can get by with a push mower, tractor if you can get by without it, etc).If you have consumer debt (credit cards, layaway, personal unsecured loans), you must negotiate with the creditors and work out a plan for either deferring interest and payments until you can afford to begin paying or reducing the amount of the debt due to hardship. The Church will not help you pay bills so that you can pay down your consumer debt. The Church will not help you protect your credit rating - it will only help sustain you with the necessities of life for the short term until you get back on your feet. If the creditors will not negotiate with you, you might consider defaulting on the unpaid balance (this will be discussed with your budget counselor if you are unsure what the best course of action is).Cancel all subscriptions to magazines (except for church magazines), book clubs, etc.

If you have a car loan and you have more than a $2,000 balance remaining, consider selling it and getting less-expensive vehicle. Exceptions to this will be extremely rare so be prepared to be asked to sell it. If you have a mortgage payment or rent payment that exceeds a reasonable level, you must be prepared to sell your home and move into a lower-cost home or rental. After completing the items above, you must turn to family and even extended family for help. This help might include one or more of the following:Moving in with them if possible and getting rid of your residence.

Sharing their food or vehicle if possible.

Receiving financial aid from them (either IOU's or charitable donations).After turning to all family members, if you still need assistance then turn to federal and state government programs (social security, Medicaid, FIA, food stamps, WIC, etc.) as well as community programs such as United Way (habitat for humanity, etc.).

2. No cable TV, satellite, purchasing video games, purchasing movies or fictional books or any other form of home entertainment that requires money. You must make use of the public library instead of purchasing these things.

3. Only one telephone service - if you have a cell phone then the land line must be cancelled and the cell phone service must be a plan that costs $50/mo or less.

4. No internet service that requires money (job searches can be done at the library where there is a fast and reliable internet connection). If you want email in your home, there are a couple of free services that you can sign up for.

5. Reduce utility bills by setting your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower in the winter and 78 degrees or warmer in the summer. Utility bills over $100 per month are unacceptable.

6. No eating at restaurants. This is a luxury and the Church provides food to sustain you through your financial struggle - the food from the Bishop's Storehouse is all that you should be eating unless you receive free food from another source.

7. If you own a home and have a yard, you must have a vegetable garden to help supplement your food supply and also to learn skills in home food production, which helps lead to becoming more self sufficient. The Relief Society and Priesthood can help (if called upon) with the tilling, planting, nurturing, harvesting, and then canning or freezing.

8. The cleaning of the church building each week will be the sole responsibility of the welfare program. A team leader will be appointed to direct the efforts of the work crew each week and ALL welfare recipients are required to attend without exceptions (this means the entire family - all should participate). Elderly and disabled recipients will be given tasks by the team leader according to their abilities and should still attend each week.

9. You might be assigned by the branch presidency to help another member who is in need of assistance if we feel it is appropriate. If given an assignment, please accept it with a good spirit. We wouldn't ask you to do something unless we felt it would benefit not only the recipient but you as well.

10. You must attend church each week, including Sunday School and Priesthood/Relief Society.

11. You must attend all of your assigned meetings such as RS Enrichment and Stake Priesthood Meetings.

12. You must remain 100% each month as a home teacher or a visiting teacher if you have been given assignments.

13. Each recipient will be given a budget counselor and is required to disclose all financial information to their assigned counselor and be willing to fully comply with the guidelines set forth by the counselor. The recipient is required to keep ALL receipts (even for a $.50 pack of gum at the gas station) while receiving assistance so that the budget counselor can get an accurate account of your spending each month.

14. All food orders will be given to the relief society president before the required date. Any exceptions to this must be worked out with the relief society president ahead of time. The relief society president will not be responsible for making sure you fill out the order form and get it turned in. If the recipient cannot pick up their food order, they must work it out ahead of time with someone else that is traveling to pick up food orders at the Stake Center. If the recipient fails to pick up the food and the truck driver must take it back to the storehouse, they will not receive food until the next food order. The relief society president will not purchase groceries to make up for a food order that was not picked up.

15. If you are given a check to pay a bill or fuel for your car, you must return all receipts promptly to either a member of the branch presidency or to one of the clerks. NOTE: this is required for financial auditing purposes and we must be able to provide a receipt for all checks that are issued by the Church.

16. You must keep and study the handout that you have been given and be prepared to give an update to your Branch President (or an assigned budget counselor if appropriate) at least monthly on the progress you are making toward achieving self reliance by growing in the following areas:Education - study scriptures and other good church books, GED, trade courses, apprenticeship, college education, etc.

Health - obey word of wisdom, exercise regularly, medical and dental care, personal hygiene, home cleanliness.Home storage - store, use, and know how to produce and prepare essential items.Resource management - Pay tithes and offerings, avoid debt, satisfy all of our promised obligations, be frugal, use time wisely, and serve others by sharing our time, talent, and resources with them. Social, emotional, and spiritual strength - Again, study the scriptures and other good church books, obey God's commandments, be humble, pray frequently and fervently, strengthen relationships with family members, neighbors, and friends, shun things that are immoral or just not spiritual, work toward worthy goals, adjust to change and recover from misfortune.

17. You must actively work toward increasing your income. Your budget counselor will work out a plan with you to receive weekly progress updates so he/she can help you better. These updates might be in the form of a list of all applications or resumes submitted, a list of follow-up phone calls or visits, etc.
 
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  · COGNITIVE DISSONANCE (2)
  · COMEDY (128)
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  · D. MICHAEL QUINN (1)
  · D. TODD CHRISTOFFERSON (6)
  · DALLIN H. OAKS (101)
  · DANIEL C. PETERSON (88)
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  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 10 (24)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 11 (25)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 12 (25)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 13 (25)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 14 (25)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 15 (25)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 16 (25)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 17 (25)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 18 (25)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 19 (26)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 2 (25)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 20 (24)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 21 (25)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 22 (24)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 23 (25)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 24 (28)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 3 (24)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 4 (24)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 5 (23)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 6 (24)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 7 (25)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 8 (24)
  · EX-MORMON OPINION - SECTION 9 (26)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 1 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 10 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 11 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 12 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 13 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 14 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 15 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 16 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 17 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 18 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 19 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 2 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 20 (24)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 21 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 22 (24)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 23 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 24 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 25 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 26 (61)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 3 (21)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 4 (22)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 5 (24)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 6 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 7 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 8 (25)
  · EX-MORMONISM SECTION 9 (26)
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  · SPENCER W. KIMBALL (12)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 1 (18)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 10 (17)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 11 (15)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 12 (19)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 13 (21)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 14 (17)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 15 (12)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 2 (21)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 3 (18)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 4 (25)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 5 (22)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 6 (19)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 7 (15)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 8 (13)
  · STEVE BENSON - SECTION 9 (19)
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  · TAD R. CALLISTER (3)
  · TAL BACHMAN - SECTION 1 (25)
  · TAL BACHMAN - SECTION 2 (25)
  · TAL BACHMAN - SECTION 3 (25)
  · TAL BACHMAN - SECTION 4 (25)
  · TAL BACHMAN - SECTION 5 (25)
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  · TAL BACHMAN - SECTION 7 (9)
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