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January 22, 2015

Mormonism News Getting Right

This "Getting It Right" includes a story from a food blog about the Church's welfare farms and a travel segment on Joseph Smith's birthplace. Local stations also cover the Indianapolis Indiana Temple which will open later this year. A Glimpse at the Church’s Welfare System


As part of its “Faith in Food” series, the food blog Civil Eats has a story about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ welfare system.

Writer Jonathan Frochtzwajg provides a glimpse at the Church’s dozens of welfare farms, the crops of which “supply a distribution system of 143 ‘bishops’ storehouses,’ church food banks where a signed form from a local Mormon leader is the only legal tender. Filling hundreds of thousands of food orders a year, the operation may be the nation’s largest private welfare system.”

Frochtzwajg correctly notes that the Church’s welfare program is rooted not only in love for one’s fellow man, but also in a firm belief in self-reliance.

“In 2013,” he writes, “manned in part by volunteers, church-owned welfare farms produced approximately 83 million pounds of wheat and dry beans, 20 million pounds of row crops (e.g., sugar beets), and 6 million pounds of fruit. This food is processed at church facilities, mostly by volunteers, and distributed via the bishops’ storehouses. To fund the system, observant Mormons fast on the first Sunday of each month and donate the amount they would have spent on food.”

Read the entire article at

Also see our resource, “Humanitarian Aid and Welfare Services Basics: How Donations and Resources Are Used

FOX 59 (Indiana): What Happens Inside Mormon Temples?

This brief piece from FOX 59 about the Church’s Indianapolis Indiana Temple (which will open later this year) includes important details about what takes place inside these sacred structures.

“[A] temple is a place in the Mormon faith where members receive endowments, and participate in weddings and some baptisms,” the report says.

A free public open house for the temple will be held from Friday, July 17, through Saturday, August 8, 2015, and run every day except Sundays, July 19 and 26 and August 2. The temple will be dedicated on Sunday, August 23.

Watch the report at

Also see our release, “Summer 2015 Opening for New Temples,” and several other resources that explain the difference between Church temples and chapels.

Lizi on Location: Did You Know Joseph Smith Was Born in Vermont?

The travel blog “Lizi on Location,” run by  Elizabeth Donatelli, recently happened upon the birthplace of Church founder Joseph Smith during a Vermont road trip.

Donatelli describes the beauty of the monument, as well as her surprise at learning Joseph Smith wasn’t born in Utah.

“You read that right. Joseph Smith, the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints wasn’t born in Utah, but Vermont,” Donatelli says. “I almost did a double take when I saw the sign, so naturally we had to stop. The grounds are well kept and the property is beautiful. When we arrived there was a recording of a choir playing in the background. A granite monument stands more than 50 ft high, the obelisk 38 ft, each foot representing a year of the prophet’s life. Nearby you will find the outline and partial foundation of the teeny tiny house in which Smith grew-up. There is also a visitor’s center with a very nice man to greet you.”

Watch Donatelli’s 50-second segment from Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial.

Learn more about the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial.

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