Physical Beginnings of the Church Welfare Program

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Physical Beginnings of the Church Welfare Program

Author Paul C. Child

Paul C. Child recalls his time serving as the second counselor in the Pioneer Stake presidency with stake president Harold B. Lee and first counselor Charles S. Hyde. This stake presidency started what would be the beginnings of the welfare program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Organized in 1930, the stake presidency found the conditions among members of their stake distressing and problematic. To try to alleviate problems of unemployment and financial struggles, the presidency set up ward employment programs, Church farms, a storehouse, and a canning factory, all of which became parts of what still continues as the Church welfare program.