At church on Sunday, we were learning about Saul/Paul and the expansion of the early Christian church. We were reading Acts chapter 6 verse 1:
And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.What struck me was one of the reasons for the expansion of the church was the care of widows!
Then I remembered what a great modern welfare plan The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has to care for widows and others who need help. I realized what a blessing it is that the organization of The Church has expanded the globe, so it is easily able to reach so many people, including widows.
I had the opportunity to work for the Welfare Department of The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints for a span of 8 years. What a marvelous opportunity it was to see the Gospel in action in this manner. I was able to see Church work in Kosovo, response to Hurricane Mitch, the employment and food production programs, humanitarian aid, and so much more. I will always be a "Welfare Girl," and the Welfare Department will always hold a special place in my heart. What a wonderful program; what a wonderful place.
The Church Welfare program had it's 75th anniversary this year. Here's a little video:
Lots more awesome videos here if you are interested.