Mission of the LDS Church Relief Society, Really?

According to an article titled “The Gospel in Action” by the LDS Relief Society Presidency in the Church News, 12 Feb 2017, p. 15:

. . . be reminded that the work of salvation includes covenant keeping work such as the following:

  • Sharing the gospel
  • Retaining converts
  • Activating members
  • Participating in temple and family history work
  • Teaching the gospel
  • Caring for the poor and needy

So we have a list of 6 works.  Last on the list is “Caring for the poor and needy” (I assume that includes refugees).  Fourth on the list is work for the dead.  Are we to believe that work for the dearly departed is more important than assistance to the poor?  Based on a nonrandom survey of social media, I get the impression that raising the priority of assisting those in need would be very popular with the membership.  And it is certainly in line with the teachings in the New Testament.

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