I'm glad to see our tithing dollars going to a great cause.
This is a noble cause... kudos to the LDS Church.
Jeff, according to this article (and church policy) humanitarian funds, not
tithing dollars, are used for such efforts. This article does make me want to
contribute to the cause. I didn't realize the scope of the need for such
surgeries.One may question how such a large donation can be made by
a cult, as the LDS Church is called by less informed people? (See today's DNews
article on Mitt Romney and Nevada politics or just ask that Huckabee dude.)
Not tithing Jeff. Read the article. The money came from the humanitarian aid
fund.Great article about a great cause and it makes me want to
donate to the humanitarian aid fund.Gob bless these kids who need
I wish the Federal government could understand that there are people left in
this nation with a heart and willing to hand out from their own pockets.We don't need a government to reach in our pockets to give handouts.
What a wonderful gift to give these children! Thank you Brethren for your
goodness and humanitarian use of these sacred funds. I have been a member of the
Church for over a half a century and am thrilled we have these opportunities to
share our widow's mite, our bounty, and our talents with others through such
reputable and honorable partnerships.
I am a high school student who has been involved with Operation Smile for almost
3 years. I recently had the honor, privilege and opportunity to go on an Int'l
medical mission to Amman, Jordan with OpSmile this last spring. As a member of
the church, this story touches my heart even more, as my passion and involvement
for both has and continues to change my life forever.While 104 lives
were given a second chance at life this March, over 300 were sent home for hopes
another mission could be funded so a 45 minute surgery could be provided (free
of charge) for their child that faces cruel judgement, social exile and many
health problems from their clefts.Now maybe they will get that
chance.In my experiences with OS, I meet hundreds of students,
nationally/int'l-y.. many are so unaware of the church- I'm glad that this
article shows a little light about missionary work/humanitarian work the church
provides! :) OpSmile changes lives- Kathy Magee is an incredible
individual; I've met and talked with her several times. This is such a great
article! Thanks DNews!
This is just a good thing.A facial deformity need to be fixed and
the younger the better. Self Esteem and even Social Standing are at
stake. Overall good development of the child, and being able to get the best
education that they can get. Limited at best by culture and funding
to be able to go to school but being ashamed to go to school is a very
good thing.The Countrys that the Church chose to work with are
fairly progressive.The only way to get aid to the people with out
much of it being stolen, is to bring it there yourself in the form of a
service.Good for the Church, good for the kids.You can
be a Mormon Techncrat and say its Not Tithing and be right. However in all
giving and Tithing at some leval.In the LDS Church we can more or
less say where it goes. Look at the Tithing Slip. I am always sure
that 100% of any money I give to the Church is used properly, I can cannot say
that of any other way of giving to include directly.I people that
help kids with medical problems.
This is an excellent example of what the Lord meant when he talked about helping
the poor and needy.Like Ted said above, we don't need government
reaching in our pockets.
Great idea but why not start in the USA first? There are thousand of children
without insurance or any means of financial aide who also need this help.
Yep, misread it about tithing dollars, my bad. Still a great cause. And Nellie,
those that call us a cult need to take a harder and my serious look at what our
church does and the vast amount of resources it has for causes like this.
@Dixie Dan - when was the last time you saw a child in the USA who had a cleft
palate? I think in over 40 years I've only seen 2 - and both of those later had
surgery. Either private insurance, Medicaid or donations virtually ensures that
any child here will be taken care of. Primary Children's is not the only
hospital who does charity work. Not to mention we have the doctors to do it,
many of these poor countries not only don't have the money, they don't have
doctors who can do it.What we call poverty here is wealth in
countries who are actually poor.
I agree Dan. Not that the need in these countries doesn't need to be addressed.
But what about the people here in the US?
Great cause, and great contribution. As a member of the church, I couldn't be
more proud! Re: "B-Town to A-Town," I loved your post. Thank you for your
help/assistance. What a personal experience for you.
The love expressed by all the donors that made this possible should inspire us
To "42istheanswer | 9:51 a.m. " the poor here are already taken care of. Have
you ever heard of the Shriner's Hospital? That is one of many hospitals around
the nation that provides care to people that cannot afford it.The
needs of our nation have been met by charitable organizations, and now they help
Where the LDS Church has a world wide presence why would they feel the need to
limit their assistance to just the USA? They have assisted many different
countries in times of need.Well meaning folks like Dixie Dan should
be encouraged to donate to the charities of their choice if they are concerned
about where and how the LDS Church focuses their efforts.
It's refreshing not to see people coming on here slamming the Church. I'm
grateful to have the resources to be able to be a part of it.
Jeff R. | 2:18 p.m. Oct. 27, 2010 Sheridan, WY I'm glad to see our
tithing dollars going to a great cause. ==============It's not
from "Tithing", but that other little box; "Humanitarian Aid" hint: it not in bold type, and it's the 6th line down from the top --
right between "Book of Mormon" and "Temple Construction"It's the one
conservative Republican Mormons tend to skip over the most -- since they tend to
view the poor and needy as lazy & free-loaders.I'll remind you - 10%
Tithing is just the MINIMUM.Living your Temple covenants means giving 10%
in ALL those little boxes.
Silly LDS Liberal,You're not LDS. It's ok. We don't care, but its
curious why you would want people to think you are.Interesting that
the LDS church is able to give so much money away if the great majority of the
members(being Republican as we all agree) skipped over that line as you
suggest.I'm also curious where you heard that living temple
covenants means giving 10% in all those boxes?I'd love to read up on
it. Thanks!P.S. It really is ok that you're not Mormon. We
couldnt care less
Whoa Nellie, You are certainly are a certainly on your high horse today. This is
such a good, kind story about helping others. Why do people like you always have
to bash? It does not matter what faith it is behind it. It is a great blessing
to these children and their families. Maybe if you gave a little more you would
not be so miserable.
To "LDS Liberal | 1:22 p.m." wow, you don't even try to hide your deep hatred of
conservatives on this one.If you look at philanthropy in terms of
dollars given, time spent, and blood donated, I hate to one again prove your
totally and completely wrong.There are multiple stuides that have
proven time and time again the conservatives give more time, money, and blood
than liberals do. See the book "Makers and Takers" by Peter Schweizer. Who
looked at the US as a whole and found liberals to be materialistic, angry, and
not charitable. He also found that liberals lie and are less honest.His study can be backed up by the 20/20 story titled "Who Gives and Who
Doesn't?" They also found conservatives to be more giving.Again, we
can see that liberals are tightwads if you read "Bleeding Heart Tightwads" in
the NY Times. In that one the author was supprised to find out that liberals
are tightwads.Also, FYI, Tithing, by definition is 10% of your
increase. Your Temple Covenants do not mean that you give 10% in all those
boxes. You have covenanted to give 100% to the church_when_asked.
This is really cool. I for one hope this is the beginning of something much
bigger, being that I really hope to see the Church someday become a big part of
the Global Health Scene. To clarify, I'm talking about more than donating money
to causes like this or as they already have done with measles. I'm talking about
actually training Mormons (both local and foreign) to serve as health
professionals and utilizing those that already are health professionals to serve
more "medical missions". I know this is already done in limited amounts, and I
wouldn't expect it to replace proselyting missionaries, but nonetheless, but to
do it on a large scale would be really cool. Think about it, if BYU
founded a medical school, given the Church's world wide presence due to our
missionary efforts (and just sheer number of return missionaries fluent in
foreign languages), transitioning to global health would be a very easy next