Today, the following–authored by “jeanikins”–appeared as a comment on one of my earlier blog pieces. She is responding to Michael Otterson’s allegation that the LDS Church is doing a lot for Africans:
What exactly IS the LDS Church doing for Africa? What do they have to brag about?
What is the mandate of Christianity? I think it is loving our neighbor as ourselves. Does Michael Otterson live in a tin and cardboard shack?
Does he belong to an extremely wealthy Church?
How much of the money that the Church owns go to help Africa; come on, give me a break?
I served a mission in Africa and wrote emails to the Area Office requesting help for our faithful members; not hand outs but a hand up. While the church is asking them to pay tithes and offerings on their meager pay if they happen to have any at all, I was asking the Church for gardening tools, hoses, fences and seeds. I had knowledge of gardening; I was willing to work and help but neither the money nor implements arrived to give those people what they needed most of all – FOOD and a roof that didn’t leak.
When people live in the ‘lap of poverty’ and in the midst of an AIDS pandemic they need more than a copy of the Book of Mormon. They have discovered however, that the books provide great toilet paper.