The bishop has a divine mandate to seek out and care for those with temporal needs. As part of this responsibility, bishops have the option to provide members in need with a bishop’s order for food, clothing, or other basic goods, as well as certain professional services.
The bishop generally assigns the Relief Society president to meet with members and fill out the online order forms for food, clothing, or other goods. However, he may also assign the elders quorum president. A counselor in the Relief Society or elders quorum presidency may be assigned if the president is unavailable. The assigned leader submits the completed form to the bishop for his approval.
Church leaders represent the Savior as they care for those with temporal and emotional needs. In doing so, they strive to help members strengthen their self-reliance. Leaders seek the guidance of the Holy Ghost so they can assist with sensitivity and compassion.
When providing Church assistance, leaders follow the principles and policies outlined in the Handbook sections 22.4 and 22.5. Below is a summary of those principles.
Authorized leaders (bishoprics, Relief Society presidents, clerks, and stake presidencies) and other authorized ward members can access the Welfare Resources website at welfareservices.ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
The website is also accessible through ChurchofJesusChrist.org by following these steps:
Below is the typical process for initiating, preparing, approving, and filling bishops’ orders online. More details will be described in later sections.
The following describes the typical process for submitting counseling resources referrals online.