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Mormons across globe reach out to those in need

During the era of the economic upheaval known as the Great Depression, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) announced the formation of an innovative welfare program. In a 1936 Churchwide address, the “primary purpose [of the program] was to set up a system … where independence, industry and self respect be once more established amongst our people.”

That mantra continues as congregations of the Church throughout the world reach out to assist those in need. Implementing the basic principles of welfare — love, service, work and self-reliance — frequently occurs among Latter-day Saints worldwide.

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