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How to help when the person you minister to has financial challenges

In several spots in scripture, God promises that “as ye keep the commandments, ye shall prosper in the land.”

In 2018, Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé said, “This promise is central to the story and teachings of the Book of Mormon. It appears in 18 different verses, and in seven of its 15 books. Although the blessing of prosperity mentioned in these scriptures is principally of a spiritual nature, it also includes the ability for the people of God to enjoy economic progress and become temporally self-reliant.”

So what do you do when the person you minister to has financial challenges? How do you reach out to them during times of economic hardship?

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An article in the February 2021 Liahona offers seven suggestions for ministering to those who have financial challenges. Here are just three of them:

  • • “Be loving and nonjudgmental. Be mindful of King Benjamin’s warnings about judging people who struggle financially (see Mosiah 4:17–19).”

  • • “In your efforts to minister, be careful not to do for them what they could do for themselves or take away opportunities to become more self-reliant.”

  • • “Be sensitive, and don’t cross boundaries you shouldn’t by trying to force your help on others, however well-meaning. Allow them to say, ‘No, thank you,’ if that’s what they feel is best for them.”

Find more suggestions from the Liahona.

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Lindsey Williams

Lindsey Williams joined the LDS Living team with a passion to find the stories that matter most. Previous stops in her career include BYU-Pathway Worldwide, the Special Projects Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Utah Valley Magazine. When she's not searching for stories to write, the Colorado Springs native is most likely on a hiking trail. Follow her on Twitter with the handle @lindsey5brooke.

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