News Release

Mormons and Charity

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints join with many others, of various faiths, who view all human beings as sons and daughters of God.

Based on this belief, Mormons believe that we should be willing to share our possessions, money, time and talents to help others who are in need.  

The United Nations (UN) has designated 5 September 2014 as the International Day of Charity.

“Serving and helping others not only fills a need, it is also a way of showing love,” says Elder S. Gifford Nielsen of the Latter-day Saints’ Pacific Area Presidency. 

“As Christians, we follow Jesus Christ and His fundamental teaching to bring love and relief to individuals and families going through difficult times. Everyone benefits from serving and being served.” 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encourages personal acts of kindness and service to friends and neighbours. The Church also organizes and participates in community service and humanitarian efforts, often alongside government, faith and community groups.  

In addition, the Church provides organized assistance to areas in need. Latter-day Saints have donated more than $1 billion in cash and material assistance to 167 different countries in need of humanitarian aid since 1985.

The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thomas S. Monson, says of charity: “Rather than being judgmental and critical of each other, may we have the pure love of Christ for our fellow travellers in this journey through life.”


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