LDS welfare system is ‘a model that works’ | Deseret News

It comes as no surprise that the best program in Welfare and Social Human Services is found within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The welfare program was originally established as an official Church wide program by then President David O McKay:

On its inaugural day in 1936, President David O. McKay (1873–1970), then a Counselor in the First Presidency, affirmed the divinely inspired roots of the Church’s welfare plan: “[The welfare program] is established by divine revelation, and there is nothing else in all the world that can so effectively take care of its members” (in Henry D. Taylor, The Church Welfare Plan, unpublished ms., Salt Lake City [1984], 26–27).

The Deseret News Article, linked below, mentions how Naomi Schaefer Riley published an article in the Philanthropy Roundtable Magazine. Riley observes:

That spirit of generosity funds a vast private welfare system, one that serves hundreds of thousands of people each year. This welfare system serves mostly—but not exclusively—fellow Latter-day Saints who are in need. It is intended for people who have lost their jobs, who have been injured, or whose families are going through some other kind of hardship. Self-sufficiency is at the heart of its mission—both for the givers and receivers.

Riley’s reference of Latter-day Saint’s spirit of generosity reflects that they are more giving and generous than protestant and evangelical Christian counterparts. Unlike the Federal Government Welfare system, the Church welfare system is built on an end-goal to help an individual regain self-sustainability and self-sufficiently.

LDS welfare system is ‘a model that works’ | Deseret News.

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