D&C 38: “In Mine Own Way…”



“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

The Onceler, in The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Points to Ponder

  • Should giving to the poor be “required”?
  • How can we responsibly help those around us in “the Lord’s way”? And just what is “the Lord’s way”?
  • What is our duty to administer to the poor, including those poor in friendship / education / love / acceptance / knowledge / experience / testimony?
  • What does it mean to “remember the poor” in the same way that we “remember Christ”?
  • What does it mean to “consecrate” offerings to the poor? How does the Giver of the Gift also become holy by giving?

Material Shared in Class

Class Member Study Guide

Slideshow: “If the World Was A Village of 100 People”

D&C 42:30-31 – Remember the poor / consecrate / …ye will do it unto me

D&C 58:26-28 – Help of your own free will

D&C 104:13-18 – Stewards will be held accountable, mine own way is that the poor shall be exalted and the rich made low

Selected quotes by Mother Teresa:

Additional Material

Thinking about inequality in America

Video: Wealth distribution in America

The Miniature Earth Project

Global Issues article on poverty statistics

The Liahona Children Foundation

Documentary on the Liahona Children Foundation

LDS.org: “Providing in the Lord’s Way”

Encyclopedia of Mormonism: “Consecration”

Encyclopedia of Mormonism: “Humanitarian Service”

TED.com playlist on Ending Poverty

Dialogue article on the history of LDS humanitarian efforts, as originated by the sisters of the Relief Society

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