Origin of the Welfare Plan of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The authors of this article chronicle the financial aid the Church gave during the 1930s. They compare the amount of Church aid that was distributed with the aid efforts that the federal government was making during the Great Depression through the New Deal. This article stresses how strongly the leaders of the Church felt about people working on projects sponsored by either the WPA or by the Church in order to receive aid. Church leaders wanted members to realize that they could not receive aid freely; they must earn it. Through creating work projects, the Church was able to offer relief to thousands of people. This was the beginning of the Church Welfare Program.