In the October 2022 general conference, President Dallin H. Oaks spoke about the humanitarian work that the Church does. He said, “The Church of Jesus Christ is committed to serving those in need, and it is also committed to cooperating with others in that effort.”
President Oaks specifically mentioned working with organizations like the United Nations World Food Programme, the Red Cross and Red Crescent agencies, Catholic Relief Services, Muslim Aid, Water for People, and IsraAID—just to name a few!
“We share the common goal or relieving suffering among God’s children,” he said. “All of this is part of God’s work for His children.”1
One example of that cooperation happened recently in Tennessee, USA. Vickie Terry is the executive director of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) in the city of Memphis. She met with leaders of the Church and told them that their area had the highest number of infant deaths in the country.
The Church leaders took this seriously, and it led to a combined effort between the Church, the NAACP, and other organizations to help new and expectant mothers in Memphis. Volunteers passed out pamphlets about the new program, and classes were organized to teach mothers how to care for their babies.
Other combined efforts like this are happening all over the world! You are part of an organization that does a lot of good.
Adapted from this Church News article.
You can learn more about the Church’s humanitarian efforts here.
1. Dallin H. Oaks, “Helping the Poor and Distressed,” general conference, Oct. 2022.