Friday, August 07, 2009

Helping Others to Help Themselves: Unemployment

From Helping Others to Help Themselves: The Story of the Mormon Church Welfare Program, Historical Department Archives, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1945):
A man out of work is of special moment to the Church because, deprived of his inheritance, he is on trial as Job was on trial -- for his integrity. As days lengthen into weeks and months and even years of adversity, the hurt grows deeper; and he is sorely tempted to curse God and die. Continued economic dependence breaks him. It humiliates him if he is strong; spoils him if he is weak. Sensitive or calloused, despondent or indifferent, rebellious or resigned -- either way he is threatened with spiritual ruin. For the dole is an evil and idleness a curse. He soon becomes a seedbed of discontent, wrong thinking and alien beliefs. The Church cannot hope to save a man on Sunday if during the week it is a complacent witness to the crucifixion of his soul.
Unemployment is both a temporal and spiritual problem. It is a problem that impacts all of society. There are many who are hurting. If you are like most, you may not be hurting now, but your time will come. Prayers from the more fortunate should never cease for the less fortunate.

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