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    As always, I have to put the "this is from the desnews" disclaimer out there, but this is a really good two part series on the LDS Charities response to the famine in Africa.

    Praying for Rain: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/7...st-Africa.html

    Building Hope: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/7...ught.html?pg=1

    Largely unknown, even to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LDS Charities began in response to another famine in this same region of Africa. That crisis marked the beginning of a new kind of global consciousness — that when disaster strikes, people in wealthy nations have a responsibility to help.
    The effort in East Africa was one of 111 disasters the LDS Church responded to in 2011 through its welfare arm. For the LDS Church, these projects have little to do with proselytizing, which is why for so long they've gone unnoticed.
    In the Horn of Africa, for example, there are about 1,000 church members, and none where the church is doing disaster relief work. In fact, there isn't a chapel within hundreds of miles of where Amina lives in the Melkadida camp, or a single missionary. She's never heard of the Mormon church, and unless she leaves this camp, she probably never will.

    "The church does these projects because it believes that's the right thing to do, the Christian thing to do," says Lynn Samsel of LDS Charities. "There is no quid pro quo. It's simply about trying to do good in the world."
    There's a lot of good stuff in these articles and some really incredible stories.
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    I'm glad we're doing this, but that first paragraph about, "a new kind of global consciousness" is bunk.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DrumNFeather View Post
    As always, I have to put the "this is from the desnews" disclaimer out there, but this is a really good two part series on the LDS Charities response to the famine in Africa.

    Praying for Rain: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/7...st-Africa.html

    Building Hope: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/7...ught.html?pg=1

    There's a lot of good stuff in these articles and some really incredible stories.
    I really enjoy the irony of how the church goes out of its way to repeatedly proclaim that their humanitarian aid isn't about proselyting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atheistcougar View Post
    I really enjoy the irony of how the church goes out of its way to repeatedly proclaim that their humanitarian aid isn't about proselyting.
    Oh brother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atheistcougar View Post
    I really enjoy the irony of how the church goes out of its way to repeatedly proclaim that their humanitarian aid isn't about proselyting.
    it's tragic that they have to make that distinction when helping people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atheistcougar View Post
    I really enjoy the irony of how the church goes out of its way to repeatedly proclaim that their humanitarian aid isn't about proselyting.
    I am glad to see the church still provides you enjoyment.
    PLesa excuse the tpyos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atheistcougar View Post
    I really enjoy the irony of how the church goes out of its way to repeatedly proclaim that their humanitarian aid isn't about proselyting.

    You should set up some kind of dissenters group and go tour the refugee camps. You know for shits and gigs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by camleish View Post
    it's tragic that they have to make that distinction when helping people.
    Because of repeated accusations from others where they claim that's precisely why the church engages in humanitarian causes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach McGuirk View Post
    You should set up some kind of dissenters group and go tour the refugee camps. You know for shits and gigs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indy Coug View Post
    Because of repeated accusations from others where they claim that's precisely why the church engages in humanitarian causes?
    i was being serious, so yes.
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    Very cool of the church to do this. I like the fact they spend a lot of their humanitarian aid money outside the developed world.
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    Boy, tough crowd. The church can't win for losing with some. I think that's great, DNF. You don't hear a lot about these efforts and sometimes we forget how much is being done without our knowledge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueintheface View Post
    Boy, tough crowd. The church can't win for losing with some.
    Lol!
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    Quote Originally Posted by YOhio View Post
    That is cool. Didn't know anything about it. Will stop by to buy something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by myboynoah View Post
    That is cool. Didn't know anything about it. Will stop by to buy something.
    I'm not going to say if I'll stop by or not because I take heed that to not give my alms before men to be seen of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YOhio View Post
    I'm not going to say if I'll stop by or not because I take heed that to not give my alms before men to be seen of them.
    Ha, I think you just did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YOhio View Post
    I'm not going to say if I'll stop by or not because I take heed that to not give my alms before men to be seen of them.
    So it won't count on my behalf. Even more sacrifice by me!
    Give 'em Hell, Cougars!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by YOhio View Post
    Is there a way you can hook up with the church's wholesale suppliers? Because, dude, I want a cow for $150.

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    Give 'em Hell, Cougars!!!

    For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still.

    Not long ago an obituary appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune that said the recently departed had "died doing what he enjoyed most—watching BYU lose."

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