Food Storage Article Well Researched

Dear Sir,

Larry Fish’s article of Sunday, 21 October, regarding the welfare and humanitarian programs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ("It’s About Prudence, Not Paranoia") was laudably comprehensive and well researched.

Given the current national climate of apprehension and suspicion, it would be all too easy to ascribe the Church’s long-established teachings of personal self-reliance, common-sense food storage and provident living to some sort of doomsday theology. Mr. Fish resisted the temptation to sensationalize, and noted instead that the welfare program of the Church has been in operation since the 1930s, when it was created to assist people struggling through the Great Depression.

From its inception, the Church’s welfare program, funded by freewill offerings, has enabled Latter-day Saints worldwide to participate as givers and as receivers in welfare and humanitarian assistance that has benefitted millions.


Michael Purdy
Church Public Affairs

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