We are a Caring People

This past weekend we had the opportunity to listen to voice of our prophet and many other leaders of our church. It’s always a great opportunity for me and most members of the church to get revitalized and recommitted to God and to our religion as Jacob wrote on his post this week. Even though there’s no assignment to any of those who are going to speak, I always find there is a reoccurring theme to every conference I have watched. This time it was about what we call the welfare program of the Church. This program, as Bishop H. David Burton explains so well in this talk is in operation for 75 years and is based on the principle that the Savior taught by example: love and care for others as we do for ourselves.

Not too long ago, I thought that the only way I could help the poor was doing some type of voluntary work such as help building houses, schools or hospitals in some undeveloped country like somewhere in Africa, for example. It wasn’t until I became a member of the Mormon Church that I realized that there were so many opportunities to reach out for those who are around us or ever further away. This could be cooking a meal to someone, visiting a somebody who is sick, donating to Church welfare system so that we could help those who are in need such as those affected by the recent earthquake in Japan, for instance, and so on.

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  1. Logan

    Thanks Julie. I too was struck by this same message. Sometimes, when involved in such service projects, sometimes I feel like I’m just going through the motions. Elder Henry B. Eyring delivered an equally powerful sermon this Conference on the same subject, and offered this advice: “First, prepare yourself and those you lead spiritually. Only if hearts are softened by the Savior’s Atonement can you see clearly the goal of the project as blessing both spiritually and temporally the lives of the children of Heavenly Father.”

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