LDS Leadership Issues Statement on Homelessness

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has authorized the release of the following statement:

Homelessness is a tragic condition that afflicts individuals and even families in many places, including Utah. The causes are varied, and solutions are often difficult, but whether homelessness stems from conflict, poverty, mental illness, addiction or other sources, our response to those in need defines us as individuals and communities.

We are grateful for the willingness of government, community and civic leaders to tackle this issue. We applaud their continuing efforts to find solutions that will not only relieve the suffering inherent in homelessness but also implement measures that will help homeless individuals become self-reliant and deal with criminal elements that prey on the homeless.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints feels keenly a responsibility to help in a Christlike way and has participated in efforts to address homelessness for many years, particularly in the Salt Lake Valley. Our farms and facilities provide food, clothing and resources. We have partnered with government, relief organizations, community groups and other faiths to care for those in need and to help address the underlying causes of homelessness.

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One Response to LDS Leadership Issues Statement on Homelessness

  1. rogerdhansen says:

    Poverty and inequality were also an important subject in Elder Jeffery R. Holland’s April 2017 conference talk.

    Elder Holland said he sometimes feels guilty singing of “blessings which [God] gives me now” amidst the world’s staggering economic inequality. “That chorus cannot be fully, faithfully sung until we have honorably cared for the poor.”

    Many suffer from mental and emotional illness and other debilitating health limitations. They must not suffer in silence.

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