LDS Disabilities Resources: “Bring Them Hither”

In the Book of Mormon, it is recorded that Jesus Christ said “Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither….. for I have compassion on them” (3 Nephi 17:7).

On the Disability Resources page at I learned that 17 % of children are affected by a developmental disability, 22% of adults report some type of physical disability, and 46% of adults will suffer from a diagnosable form of mental disorder in their lifetime. These statistics concur with my own experiences in ward life as a member of The Church of Jesus Chris of Latter Day Saints. For the most part I have seen Church members respond to the needs of their fellow parishioners with compassion. For example:

-I love seeing my ward members move a large side chair from the foyer into the chapel every Sunday to help an elderly man with limited mobility be comfortable during sacrament meeting.

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