The Church Welfare Plan

Celebrating 75 Years of Self-Reliance and Service

First Presidency Message

June 1, 2011

Dear brothers and sisters:

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the inauguration of the welfare program of the Church. The pages that follow will introduce you to some of the history of how the program came to be. They will also acquaint you with the Church’s international welfare efforts and will show principles of welfare at work in the lives of Church members throughout the world.

This anniversary also serves as an invitation and reminder for all of us to become more self-reliant and to follow the Savior in helping people help themselves.

We invite you and your family to prayerfully consider and act on the principles of welfare and self-reliance as you review this special section.


Thomas S. Monson

Henry B. Eyring

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

The First Presidency

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