Living Church welfare principles

On April 6, 1936, seven years into the Great Depression, the Church Welfare Program was launched in an effort to help people help themselves. On the 75th anniversary of this program, we invite readers to share their experiences with Church welfare principles, either as volunteers or recipients — or both. Please email your stories to churchnews@desnews.com and enter "Welfare" in the subject field. Articles may be mailed to Church News P.O. Box 1257, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.

Growing up in Hyde Park, Utah in the 1940s and 1950s where everyone in town was a Church member provided a fertile setting where the seed principles of the Church Welfare Program were sown into my life.

I learned and experienced the principles of thrift, storage, temporal independence and hard work at home. Having eight children required provident living by my parents, Owen and Edna Kirby. This lifestyle enabled them to provide shelter, clothing and food for us. Our meals came primarily from what we grew on our small farm, in our large garden and from fruit trees. Mother preserved hundreds of quarts of food in bottles. She also sun dried apples, pears, prunes, apricots, corn, beans and peas. I remember sitting on the front porch shelling bushel baskets of peas we picked from the fields.

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