Musings on Mormonism

What should we do about poverty?

This is a question I’ve been pondering lately. As is obvious, I’m a Mormon, and have been comparing the approach of our church to the approach taken by our government. One of the big differences seems to revolve around personal accountability i.e. the LDS Church stresses it, seeking to provide means for people to lift themselves up, while the government, as far as I can tell, mostly gives handouts with low expectations, if any. As is typically the case, I’m relatively ignorant of the cold hard facts, particularly as concerns the approach and current state of government welfare. What are your thoughts about poverty? Is socialism the answer? (I doubt it, but I’m always open to a convincing argument) Should we remove government welfare and hope that philanthropists come to fill the gap? Should we have merely temporary welfare? Place more emphasis on familial support? Questions, questions. Any ideas?


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