Money is a stressful topic for any individual, couple, group or organization to discuss. Keep in mind that there may be members in your congregation who are reliant on government support, church support, are financially supporting adult children and grandchildren or are dealing with financial issues which you are not aware. Be sensitive to the spirit as to not disengage anyone based on whatever their financial needs and situation at the moment might be. Invite everyone to resist judgment in the lesson, and focus on ways in which this lesson is designed to help them as individuals and in their individual families.
“Everything that concerns the economic, social, and spiritual welfare of the human family is and ever will be the concern of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
Why do you think “economic” is listed by Benson as the first concern of the church?
Some responses might be:
- ensure members are cared for
- unpaid local leadership means there is needs to be a source of income for the church to operate at a local, and therefore, more personal level
- tithing supports the church
- because Christ wants us to ensure we look after each other
The church manual includes a history of one of the first church-based welfare programs called the Church Security Plan in 1936. But before the Church had this program, the reporting of families in need was largely monitored and regulated by the Relief Society. When the Relief Society first started, one of the consistent topics was assisting those in need in the community. From Daughters in My Kingdom:Read More