“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear,though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof . . . The Lord. . . will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.” – Psalms 46:1-3; 9:9
The Lord has commanded, “Ye must visit the poor and needy and administer to their relief (D&C 44:6).” In discussing self-reliance and welfare this month, help the youth in your class better understand what is happening in the world around them. Each member of the Church has two basic welfare responsibilities: to become self-reliant and to care for the poor and needy. Along with prayers offered on behalf of those suffering in the Philippines, one important way we can care for the poor and needy is through fasting and contributing to fast offerings. Jesus Christ came to earth to serve two great purposes; to fulfill the Atonement and to relieve mankind of their suffering. If we are true disciples of Christ we will take an active part in assisting those in need and help administer relief. Through our service lives will be blessed, and in turn, they will become more self-reliant and better able to serve and care for others. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints continues to assist typhoon victims – Newsroom Article.
Slideshow images taken from web and lds.org. Music by David Archuleta.