Selfless Service - From "Music and the Spoken Word".

We rejoice whenever someone embarks upon a worthy pursuit, especially in service to others—from joining the military to serving a religious mission to volunteering in a humanitarian effort. We give thanks for their sacrifice as we imagine the countless lives that they will touch for good.

And we commend our loved ones who choose to serve. Often we even remind them of the timeless truth that in the course of such service, the giver typically benefits just as much as the receiver. Surely they will grow in character and compassion as a result of their labors. They will need such reminders on days when opposition is great and successes are few, and they wonder whether anyone is really benefiting from their efforts.

But there’s another group that we often overlook when we calculate the consequences of selfless service. It’s a hidden group we’ve never met—the unborn children and grandchildren who will someday hear of this caring service, whose lives will be forever enriched by a selfless example.
Whether or not our service takes us far from home, we are crafting the story our posterity will hear.

One man died before knowing his grandchildren, but today they are growing up learning of his goodness, and they want to live up to Grandfather’s legacy, even though they’ve never met him. They are heirs to a rich inheritance indeed.

A mother or father, setting the example of helping their neighbors and people they meet each day, teaches family values to their children. Without needing a word of instruction, they will model their lives after the acts of charity they offered. And the tradition will live on as their children observe and emulate their parents as well.

Regardless of the service we give, there will be times when the blessings seem obvious and bountiful. But there may also be times when we feel lonely and unproductive. At such times, it helps to remember the far-reaching impact of our loving actions and kind deeds. Such service is almost always multigenerational in its blessings.

Priesthood and Sunday School......a view like no other

The view, out the widow, during Priesthood and Sunday School, is unmatched in all the world.

What a privilege it has been to serve the last half of our mission in Salt Lake City. We viewed, on a daily basis, the Salt Lake Temple, where we were sealed for time and all eternity. The beautiful flowers, the holiday decorations, the cleanliness of the grounds, were an inspiration to us. We miss serving here as much as we missed serving in China. We have learned so much and have grown in the knowledge and spirituality through service to The Master and our fellow man. Thank you, Heavenly Father for this distinct privilege. We know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are at the helm of this great work. We testify of this surety in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


Departure Letters

Elder and Sister Ordyna,

I am recovering from knee surgery and will not be able to attend your farewell today. However, I wanted to thank you for the wonderful service you and your wife have provided that past months. You have done a wonderful job, and your service has impacted many lives. Thank you for all you have done, and I wish you much joy and success in the next phase of your lives.

Bennie Lilly
Area Welfare Manager
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
W: 801-240-5528

C: 801-472-7520

Process by which we were called


Herbert W. Klopfer

Our Ensign 3rd Missionary Branch was presided over by President Herbert W. Klopfer. It was he, and his wife that wrote and composed Hymn # 298 in our Church hymnal, "Home Can Be A Heaven on Earth".

In the Church Office Building cafeteria, each day, during lunch, he played the piano and we all enjoyed dining and listening to the wide variety of music he played for all the patrons.

Scouting the Church

Steve was able to get us tickets to attend the celebration of the Church's 100 year anniversary of its' affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America in the Conference Center. It was a marvelous, uplifting extravaganza. Steve, Grandma, and Grandpa really enjoyed the experience!


Thank You For Your Sweet Farewell Party


Please join us on November 27 to wish them well and express your appreciation for all they have done for Welfare Services in keeping our full-time missionaries moving around the world.

We are so grateful to Elder and Sister Ordyna and wish them well!

Long Awaited Calls Are Made By The Twelve.

Elder Ordyna,

We need to verify that the following assignments are correct.  We need that information within the hour so we can finalize assignments:

Binghams – Philippines Area Welfare Office, Specialists
Lata – Samoa Welfare Country Office, Humanitarian Services
Milne – Central America Area – Dentist
Nelson – 1370979 Welfare County Office – serving in Macedonia
Pollard – Europe East Area Welfare Office, Russia area welfare specialist
Valentine – 460036 Wel Humanitarian Branch Office – India New Delhi Mission

With kind regards,

Elder Bruce H. Allcott
Senior Missionary Services
Missionary Department


Trying to place a couple

From: Richard Ordyna
Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2013 9:11 AM
To: Dale G. Renlund; Awshum Shared; Brett Bass; Phillip Moatlhodi
Cc: Lynn Whipple
Subject: Bird Couple

Dear Elder Renlund,

This is to advise you of the situation with the Dwight Bird couple you requested to serve in the Africa Southeast Area.

Their stated available funding for their mission is $2,501.00 per month. They will also need to add $392.00 per month for DMBA insurance.

We were successful in getting them medically approved for Africa.

The couple that the Birds would replace, the Himles, serving in South Sudan, informed our missionary department that the actual cost to serve in South Sudan would be $3,900 per month, plus DMBA.

Are there other locales in the mission, such as Ethiopia, Ruwanda, Uganda, Djibouti that are within the Bird’s price range we could assign them to?

Warm Regards,

Elder Richard Ordyna
Welfare Missionary Coordinator
Phone: 801-240-1058

Grandpa's Devotional Talk

Jesus Sends Apostles to Labor in the Vineyard
Jesus was a missionary. He traveled among the people, teaching the doctrines of salvation and healing them, both physically and spiritually. His ministry marked the course and set the pattern for the missionary labors of his servants of all succeeding ages.
As the latter-day elders sing in the great missionary hymn, “ye Elders of Israel”:
“We’ll go to the poor, like our Captain of old, and visit the weary, the hungry, and cold: We’ll cheer up their hearts with the news that he bore, and bring them to Zion and life evermore”.
And as it was in His day, so it is in this – the pressing need is for more laborers in the vineyard, more qualified elders to thrust in their sickles with their might and reap the harvest of waiting souls. “For there are many yet on the earth,” the Prophet wrote, “among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it.” (D. & C. 123:12)
In keeping with the social customs of the day, Jesus sent His disciples out without purse or script. They were to dress modestly, carrying no money, food, or extra clothing, have only one staff, and rely on the hospitality of the people for food, clothing, and shelter. Shoes (made in that day of soft leather) were forbidden as too luxurious; sandals (of more rugged construction) were approved. A purse was a girdle in which money was carried; script was a small bag or wallet used to carry provisions. Later, Jesus revoked the requirement to rely on the hospitality of the people and commanded, “Now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his script.” (Luke 22:35-36.)
Similar, but not wholly identical divine direction was given to missionaries in the early days of this dispensation. Later, Jesus revoked that requirement also. (D. & C. 84:77-78, 86.)
As Missionaries, we are all now called to preach the gospel in its fullness, for it is through repentance that men accept the gospel, have their sins washed away, and get on the path leading to eternal life. The latter-day command, “Say nothing but repentance unto this generation” (D. & C. 6:9; 11:9), is tantamount to saying, ‘Preach my gospel to this generation.’
It is my prayer that we will do as the Lord has commanded us to do. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


Grandma's Sacrament Meeting Mission Report

    My name is Tona Ordyna.  My husband and I are very happy to be here today with all of you.  Mountain Green has been our home now for over 40 years.  And it is good to be back.  We have just returned from serving a 23 month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and for the Savior.  And I am very grateful for the opportunity and privilege we have had in serving the Lord.  We both learned and grew so much.
  Initially, we received a mission call to the China Administrative Directorate.  We did not know what that meant.
I had taught geography for several years and knew that China was a 3rd world country and had a Communist government.  My students and I studied the physical features of the country, the culture, and we went over all the statistics to show that it was a 3rd world country.  Education for most of the citizens was only to the eighth grade, the mortality rate was very low, and they, also, could not provide good drinking water for the people.  My students and I had a pretty good knowledge of the country.
  After we received our call letter, and after several inquiries to the Missionary Department as to just exactly what we were going to be involved with in mainland China, the Church Missionary Department would not tell us anything about the calling.  All they would tell us was that it was a “sensitive area”, and that we would receive our marching orders “once we were in country”.
 I began to be a little apprehensive and concerned about going, but as I asked the Lord about it, He would always comfort me by telling me “to come and see, Tona.” He said this phrase to John and Andrew, who was the brother of Simon Peter when they wanted to know where Jesus lived. And he said, “Come and see,” and they followed Him without asking another question.  I felt the Lord, too, was telling me not to worry.  He wanted me to trust in Him and have faith in Him.  He wanted me to come and see how other people lived and how He did his work in China and to serve Him.   I knew He would help me, so, I began to follow Him, without question.

 So, we went to work and started to prepare for the calling.  For four months we each worked on learning the Mandarin Chinese language, packed 2 suitcases each ( up to the maximum 50 lb. limit for the long trip), took a series of immunizations, acquired visas and passports, and prepared the house for departure.  We spent two enjoyable and uplifting weeks in the MTC, learning and growing, and then we were off to China.
We learned that the Church is not officially recognized in China, and therefore does not have a mission or mission president there. We were told we could not wear missionary name tags or proselyte.  We could not talk about The Church, or pray in front of the people, or even associate with the Chinese people, as far as The Church was concerned. We had to secure an apartment in Shanghai by  ourselves.
After two weeks in Shanghai, we received a telephone call from Hong Kong, from the Area Presidency’s office, instructing us to meet President Perkins at the Pudong airport. We met him, in the airport, in a restaurant there.
 The Area President told us of our assignment.  We were to build relationships of trust with government officials, bring The Church out of obscurity, and use the Church’s Humanitarian program to accomplish these goals..  
  So we went to work, working in concert with the support of a non-governmental charity organization doing projects approved by the Area Presidency and The Church.  All the people in this charity organization worked for the government, and were members of the Communist Party, but they wanted to help their people.  There were certain criteria that the Church wanted the projects of this organization to meet.  Each project was to have a lasting impact on a large number of people for generations to come.  And we were to have a closing ceremonial event for each project, with the name and logo of LDS charities, written in Chinese, and prominently seen at each ceremony.  Some of the projects we planned and administered included wheelchairs, medical supplies, beds for old folks’ homes, books, shelving, and clothes for the orphanages, hygiene kits and materials to entertain children with heart problems, plus, 2 projects each year designed to treat and educate the population about asthma.  These were just a few of the many projects we completed.
  As I participated in this work, I came to understand and see the Savior’s work more clearly.  His work is a redemptive work. Elder Christopherson, in April 2013 GC said this work began with the love of the Father and His Son for us and the suffering of the Son in Gethsemane and His agony on the cross to redeem us from sin by satisfying the demands of justice.  But as He extends mercy and pardon to all those who repent because of the Atonement, there is, also, a significant temporal aspect of his redemptive work.   When he lived on the earth, he went about doing good among the people.  He did not come to judge the people.  He told his disciples that he came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life as a ransom for many. And as I read the scriptures I saw him ministering to and loving and healing the people over and over again.  He changed the hearts of many and brought peace and joy into their lives.  For the first time someone really cared about them.  They felt His love and fell down and worshipped Him.
One of the things I enjoyed most about the-2 mission was attending the closing ceremonies.  Reporters and photographers and TV cameras were there.  My husband always gave a speech telling everyone what LDS Charities was doing throughout the world.  But the best time for me was spent meeting and greeting the people afterwards. There were lots of hugs and appreciation from the elderly and the sweet children for the work we were doing, and I enjoyed expressing love and appreciation for them.  There was a wonderful spirit that came into my life each time I hugged them and expressed my love for them.  I knew more than ever that the Savior loved them and I knew they felt that Spirit of love, too.  My only hope was that they would remember that spirit when they heard the gospel someday.

  I now know for myself that this is how redemption starts. It was a come and see moment for me.   If we draw a line or a continuum of redemption, on one end of the line would be love and feeling the love of Christ in our lives either by a temporal means or by the hearing of the Word.  Feeling the love of Christ is the beginning of redemption and then as we progress along that redemption line making changes in our lives such as repenting, making covenants, obeying, serving and sacrificing until we reach the other end of the line, which is living the law of consecration.  As we consecrate ourselves to the will of the Father and the Son, we will be redeemed.  All of these eternal blessings come or start by feeling the love of God and the Spirit of God in our lives.  Elder Bednar said that first comes the heart and then comes the covenants.  I am grateful I could carry some of that Spirit into the lives of the Chinese people, as we served, loved, and helped them temporally.     
  We were only in China for one year, and because of visa problems we were transferred to the Salt Lake City Church Headquarters Mission to work in the welfare department and serve as Coordinators for Welfare Senior Missionaries on the 7th floor of the Church Office Building.  It was probably one of the longest transfers in Church history.  I really missed the people in China, but I was faced with a big learning curve.  I was kept busy learning different computer tasks such as keeping up a data base and doing reports on the senior welfare missionaries for the Area Welfare Managers all over the world, typing Presiding Bishopric release letters, and preparing files and badges for each senior missionary.  Elder Ordyna’s job was to recommend senior couples for welfare work, all over the world, and help prepare them for their missions.  And it was again a “come and see time” for me.  I learned that President Monson was instrumental in making welfare the 4th mission of the church.  Remember he had over 80 widows in his ward as a young bishop.  In 2010 The First Presidency approved the following statement to be included in the 2010 revision of the Church handbook:  “In fulfilling its purpose to help individuals and families qualify for exaltation, the Church focuses on divinely appointed responsibilities.  These include helping members live the gospel of Jesus Christ, gathering Israel through missionary work, caring for the poor and needy, and enabling the salvation of the dead by building temples and performing vicarious ordinances.
 I like this statement. This statement replaced the so-called threefold mission of the Church:  proclaim the gospel, redeem the dead, and perfect the Saints.  Caring for the poor and needy used to be included in perfecting the saints.  Now it is a divinely appointed mission of the Church, helping us to be more like Christ and qualify and prepare us for the second coming of Christ and exaltation. The Church and its members, and the world, have been greatly blessed through the welfare program.  Some of the programs they administer include bishop storehouses, Deseret Industries, Employment resource centers, Humanitarian Initiatives, emergency response projects, LDS Family Services, and the list goes on.
In closing, let me share with you a couple of quotes about the welfare plan.  The First Presidency outlined this plan in 1936 and the basic purpose of the welfare program remains the same today, even as it has grown and developed to meet the changing needs of the Church in the 21st century.  I won’t read you the whole plan, but I love this statement in its purpose:
  “Work is to be re-enthroned as the ruling principle of the lives of our Church membership.”
 I am grateful for my parents who taught me how to work.  Work has been  a positive influence in my life.   After each of our mission devotionals, our zone leader would always say, “let’s go to work.”  I grew to love that statement on my mission and I am grateful I was able to work for the Lord.
  And lastly, I love this quote from President Harold B. Lee who was called to lead the church welfare program in 1936 and was inspired to organize the welfare program under the priesthood.  Many thought it would fail.

  He said: “There wasn’t any beginning to the welfare program.  There isn’t any ending to the welfare program.  We are always in the middle of it----no endings, no beginnings, only middles. That’s where we are now, in the middle, and we will continue to work and help welfare progress in this ever changing world.” 
I am grateful for my mission call.  I am grateful to the Lord for showing me how he does his work.  I hope I can emulate Him in my life.  I know this Church is the true church on this earth and was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith.  It is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  And I know President Monson is a prophet of God today.  I know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love all of Their Children and Their great work is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal lives of their children.  It is also my work today.  

Zone "A" Newsletter


Search for Polynesian Couples

On Oct 26, 2013, at 5:59 AM, "Richard Ordyna" <> wrote:
Dear Elder Haleck,

I am the Welfare Senior Missionary Coordinator here at Church Headquarters.

I have been informed of your recruitment of Polynesian couples, in the Salt Lake City area, to serve as MLS couples in the Pacific Area.

With the current, urgent need to identify a Polynesian Humanitarian Couple to serve in Papua New Guinea, I would ask if you might consider one of your MLS recruits being called to serve as humanitarian missionaries. One such couple is currently in processing here at headquarters.

On another subject, would the Area Presidency be amenable to assist in the funding of a Polynesian, or dark skinned couple, to serve in a high need location like Papua New Guinea? Area financial participation would be requested after it is found that Stake, Ward, and individual funds would still be lacking.

Warm Regards,

Elder Richard Ordyna
Welfare Missionary Coordinator
Phone: 801-240-1058


Elder Ordya:

I will discuss your request with the Area Presidency and come back to you.  I reached out to the Polynesian Stakes for Senior Missionaries to serve in the developing church countries like Papua New Guinea and the Solomons because there are not many if any Senior Couples who would request to serve there, but there is a great need.

Elder Haleck 

Sent from my iPad


Papua New Guinea

For eight months, I have been looking for a Polynesian or dark skinned couple to recommend to serve a Humanitarian mission in Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea is a canabalistic country and they will eat white skinned people.....hence, the long wait to find a couple.

Dear Elder Gunther
Thank you very much for your time during our call today
We appreciate the efforts to identify a couple for Humanitarian and Welfare Services for Papua New Guinea.
Below is the details of the couples mentioned to me by Elder Ordyna, Welfare Services Missionary Coordinator.
·         Lata, Elia Tusa  & Lata, Mareta
·         Kaona, LeRoy  & Kaona, Avis
Kindest regards,

Steve Stebbings
Area Welfare Manager|The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Pacific Area|
P:+64-9-488-2378|M:+64-21-242 5598|

From: Richard Ordyna
Sent: Thursday, 17 October 2013 8:24 a.m.
To: Steven Stebbings; Bradyn Beesley
Subject: RE: Vanuatu- Elder and Sister Hinton

I actually have 2 dark skin couples right now.
If you are interested in them, you must act NOW.
I would suggest you call Bradyn Beesley (Senior Missionary Processing Coordinator) 801-240-3274   ( immediately and chat with him about:
·         Lata, Elia Tusa  & Lata, Mareta
·         Kaona, LeRoy  & Kaona, Avis

Warm Regards,

Elder Richard Ordyna
Welfare Missionary Coordinator
Phone: 801-240-1058

From: Steven Stebbings
Sent: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 1:10 PM
To: Richard Ordyna
Cc: Dean Walker; William Reynolds
Subject: RE: Vanuatu- Elder and Sister Hinton

Dear Elder Ordyna
Elder and Sister Layne will provide dental services.
We still need a couple for humanitarian and welfare work.

Papua New Guinea
That is correct. Do you get Polynesian and dark skinned couples applications come through or is that very rear?

Kindest regards,

Steve Stebbings
Area Welfare Manager|The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Pacific Area|
P:+64-9-488-2378|M:+64-21-242 5598|

From: Richard Ordyna
Sent: Friday, 4 October 2013 7:12 a.m.
To: Steven Stebbings
Subject: RE: Vanuatu- Elder and Sister Hinton

In answer to your question:
We still need a couple for Samoa and Papua New guinea, how is that going?

Samoa – (please correct me if this is inaccurate) but, I show Elder & Sister Layne in Apia departing on 4 May, 2015. What other couple do you need?

Papua New Guinea – I have been told that only Polynesian or dark skinned couples should be sent there.

Warm Regards,

Elder Richard Ordyna
Welfare Missionary Coordinator
Phone: 801-240-1058


Missionaries Going Out to Serve

Every month, we hosted out-going missionaries to a luncheon at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.
The catored event was held in a private room on the 10th floor. Various Welfare Directors sat at each table and associated with the out-going missionaries. We were addressed by Steve Peterson, Global Director of the Church's Welfare Services.


Dinner to welcome the new and say goodbye to the departing missionaries

Missionaries were called up to the front of the cultural hall and these songs were sung to the appropriate group. What a wonderful event. It was difficult for Mom and me to hear them sing farewell. We will miss this mission opportunity.

Note from Sharon Eubank

Sharon Eubank <>
11:27 AM (31 minutes ago)
to me
Thank you for being so thoughtful.  You have no idea how much it means to me to work with observant, kind, spirit filled people like you!

Typical Senior Missionary Applicant's Medical Problems

Need EXCELLENT MEDICAL CARE because of: kidney stones, deep vein blood clot, blood-thinning med, frequent blood tests, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, prostate, insomnia, psychotropic med.  arthritis affecting knees, limits stairs, heartburn, high cholesterol, dry eyes, insomnia, psychotropic med, Sjogrens syndrome requires drinking enough water and napping daily, hearing aids, high cholesterol, sinus condition, asthma, arthritis, knee replacements 2009/2013, back fusion 2010 still with leg nerve pain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, irregular heart rate with ablation 2013, thyroid, anemia, psychotropic meds for depression, nerves, and insomnia, thyroid, lactose intolerance, migraines, thyroid, hormone, high cholesterol, neuropathy on psychotropic med.

Presiding Bishopric Release Letter

Elder Richard and Sister Utahna Ordyna
5907 Wasatch Drive
Mountain Green UT  84050

Dear Elder and Sister Ordyna:

      Thank you for your faithful service as welfare missionaries in the China Administrative Directorate and The Church Headquarters Mission in Salt Lake City, with a primary assignment as Humanitarian Specialists.  We express to you our sincere gratitude and commend you for your dedicated service to the Lord in helping care for the poor and needy.

      Your efforts will have a lasting impact in these areas.  Generations of Church members and others will be blessed because of your sacrifice and hard work.  Likewise, we trust that your family has also reaped blessings from your service and selfless example.

      We are grateful for what you have accomplished.  We express our love and appreciation for your service helping the poor and needy.  May the Lord bless you in your future endeavors.

The Presiding Bishopric

Gary E. Stevenson

Gérald Caussé

Dean M. Davies

cc:  President Clark M. Mower
      Morgan Utah North Stake

      Steven K. Peterson, Managing Director, Welfare Services


Apostle L. Tom Perry

Today, we exited our underground parking lot, under our condo complex, only to notice a tall man, with white hair, carrying a brief case. I mentioned to Mom that that looked like L. Tom Perry. As we slowly drove past the man, Mom said that it was, in fact Apostle L. Tom Perry. I stopped the car and Mom opened her door and offered him a ride. He said "Oh, no thank you...if it wasn't for this short walk to the office, I wouldn't get any exercise at all." Mom said goodbye and was thrilled at the experience.


April 1975 General Conference - Obedience, Consecration, and Sacrifice

It is our privilege to consecrate our time, talents, and means to build up his kingdom. We are called upon to sacrifice, in one degree or another, for the furtherance of his work. Obedience is essential to salvation; so, also, is service; and so, also, are consecration and sacrifice.
And every member of his church has this promise: That if he remains true and faithful—obeying, serving, consecrating, sacrificing, as required by the gospel—he shall be repaid in eternity a thousandfold and shall have eternal life. What more can we ask?
Elder Bruce R. McConkie


Skyping with Grandchildren

All throughout our 2 missions: China and Church Headquarters, we have been blessed with being able to speak and see our children and grandchildren, each month, on a prescribed, regular basis. It has continued to be the highlight of our day when we did so. It made us feel connected with them. We shared in the highlights of their lives.

We felt of their prayers, support and enthusiasm. We want you ALL to know how much we love you! Thank you for being the finest children and grandchildren in the whole world!


Welfare Services Fact Sheet—2012

Welfare Services
50 East North Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150-0007

Basic Principles of Welfare:
• As disciples of Jesus Christ, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints strive to follow the Savior’s admonition to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, take in the stranger, clothe the naked, and visit the sick and those in prison (see Matthew 25:35–36).
• The responsibility for each person’s spiritual and temporal well-being rests first upon the individual, second upon the individual’s family, and third upon the Church.
• When members and their families are doing all they can to provide for themselves and still cannot meet their basic needs, they may turn to their bishop for temporary assistance.
• The bishop, as a local minister, is in the best position to determine the nature and quantity of help required to meet the individual’s or family’s specific needs.
• Once a month, members of the Church go without food and drink for two consecutive meals and contribute a fast offering at least equal to the value of the two meals. Bishops then use the fast offerings to care for those in need.
• To assist bishops in helping members become more self-reliant, the Church has established storehouses, farms and ranches, thrift stores, employment centers, and family services offices in many locations. Church members volunteer their time, talents, and skills to do much of the work in these facilities.
• The purpose of Church welfare assistance is to help people to help themselves. Recipients of these resources are given the opportunity to work, to the extent of their ability, for the assistance they receive.
• The Church also sponsors humanitarian relief and development projects around the world that benefit those of other faiths. These projects include emergency relief assistance in times of disaster and programs that strengthen the self-reliance of individuals, families, and communities.
• Hundreds of full-time volunteers with skills and experience in education, agriculture, social work, business, and medicine serve throughout the world to implement these humanitarian projects.

2012 Statistics

  • Days of labor donated to Church welfare facilities 863,344
  • Employment and training placements 56,228

Total number of:

  • Storehouses 143
  • Home storage centers 101
  • Farms and ranches 50
  • Food processing facilities 13
  • Storage and distribution facilities 35
  • Employment resource centers 117
  • Deseret Industries thrift stores 42
  • LDS Family Services offices 85
  • Number of missionaries serving in Welfare Services 9,153

Examples of missionary assignments

  • Managing employment centers
  • Teaching English as a second language
  • Teaching marriage and parenting skills
  • Improving agricultural and medical practices
  • Distributing clothing
  • Supervising welfare projects and missionaries

Emergency Response Projects
The Church responded to 104 disasters (natural and man-made) in 52 countries in 2012. Examples of 2012 emergency situations include Hurricane Sandy off the northeast coast of the United States; Cyclone Washi, which struck the Philippines late in the season; civil unrest and the refugee crisis in Syria; ongoing relief for the East Africa famine; and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Humanitarian Initiatives

  • During 2012 humanitarian assistance was provided in 139 countries through the following initiatives:
  • Clean Water/Sanitation-36 countries-890,000 beneficiaries
  • Wheelchair-57 countries-70,000 beneficiaries
  • Vision-25 countries-75,000 beneficiaries
  • Neonatal Resuscitation-40 countries-28,000 beneficiaries
  • Food-27 countries-160,000 beneficiaries
  • Immunization-12 countries-8 million beneficiaries


The Areas we are responsible to find missionaries for.

Welfare Positions
Area Welfare Specialist (AWS) - Couples called to serve as Area Welfare Specialists work under the direction of the Area Welfare Manager at the area office in a supervising and training role.  The AWS will assist welfare missionaries in humanitarian, employment resource centers, in the training of priesthood leaders on welfare principles. They also assist in determining  humanitarian, employment, family service, disaster relief needs, and oversee welfare projects and initiatives for the area.
Humanitarian Specialist (HUM) – Humanitarian missionaries help relieve suffering and foster self-reliance for families of all nationalities and religions by identifying and helping with humanitarian projects around the world. Some of these projects include wheelchair, vision, clean water, neonatal resuscitation training, and agricultural production. Senior couples help strengthen the Church’s position by interacting with government and non-government officials.
Employment Resource Specialist (ERC) – Couples and senior sisters will work in employment resource centers assisting the unemployed and underemployed in finding employment. The Specialist will assist members or nonmembers to obtain special training for better employment, teach career planning and job search seminars, develop business community contacts, and train local employment center volunteer, church leaders, and patrons.
LDS Family Services (LDSFS) – Couples will consult on mental health and relationship issues. Missionaries will establish support groups for marriage, parenting, and addiction recovery. Missionaries will provide training to ecclesiastical leaders and identify needs and resources. At least one of the spouse will assist in the administrative aspects of Family Services.
Agriculture Specialist (AGS) – Couples will be involved with all phases of cattle production including pasture rotation, doctoring, calving, branding, weaning, and feeding chores. Horse skills and roping are useful, but not required. Specialist will be involved in farming activities include irrigation, fencing, equipment and facility maintenance.
Bishops Storehouse Specialist (BSS) – Couples will be involved in all phases of warehouse operation and distribution. Knowledge of shipping techniques and trucking operations is useful but not required. Missionaries are involved in distribution of commodities necessary to help participants that are unemployed and involved in disasters.

Medical Specialist (MS) – Couples will be involved in providing medical or dental health care to patients needing care. Couples will be assigned on an as need basis requested by the Area President and the Area Welfare Manager. Medical Specialist will provide training and medical support for hospitals and treatment facilities. Dental Specialist will provide dental services to patience’s in existing dental clinics.

Thursday Senior Welfare Missionary Opportunities (sample)

Coordinators: Elder Richard and Sister Utahna Ordyna
            Local: (801) 240-1058 or (801) 240-3322
            Toll free: (800) 453-3860 ext. 2-1058
Welfare Services couples may serve as area welfare specialists, humanitarian missionaries, or in LDS Family Services. Both couples and senior sisters may also serve in employment resource centers.
Assignments outside North America require good health and are for 18 or 23 months. Twelve-month assignments are available in the United States and Canada. Most foreign missionary assignments for seniors do not require foreign language training. However, language training is available for seniors upon request, after receiving their mission assignment.
If you have questions regarding the following opportunities, please contact the Welfare Services missionary coordinators.

\Humanitarian Services
There is an immediate and ongoing need for humanitarian missionary couples. Humanitarian missionaries help relieve suffering and foster self-reliance for families of all nationalities and religions by identifying and helping with humanitarian projects around the world. Some of these projects include wheelchair, vision, water, neonatal resuscitation training, and agricultural production. Senior couples also help strengthen the Church’s position by interacting with government and non-government officials

Humanitarian couples are currently needed in:

Democratic Republic  Congo
Dominican Republic
Greece (EU members only)
Guatemala (Dentist – 6 mos.(Spanish speaking)
India (European couple only)
Papua New Guinea
Samoa – Dentist
Sierra Leone
South Africa
Tonga – Dentist
West Indies                                                                

Employment Resource Centers
Couples and senior sisters will work in employment resource centers assisting the unemployed and underemployed find employment; assisting members to obtain special training for better employment; teaching career planning and job search seminars; developing business community contacts; and training local employment center volunteers, Church leaders, and members. 
International: Positions include working with the Perpetual Education Fund
Domestic Needs
Couples - Employment Resource Specialists are needed in:

Arizona, Window Rock
California, Concord
California, Los Angeles
California, San Fernando
Canada, Toronto
Florida, Miami
Florida, Orlando
Georgia, Atlanta
Illinois, Chicago
Missouri, Kansas City
Missouri, St. Louis
New Mexico, Farmington
Texas, Dallas
Texas, Houston

Single Sisters - Employment Resource Specialists are needed in:

B.C., Vancouver
California, Fountain Valley
California, Fresno
California, Los Angeles
Florida, Orlando
Nevada, Las Vegas
New York, New York
Oregon, Portland
Texas, Dallas
Texas, Houston
Utah, Logan
Utah, Saint George
Utah, Salt Lake City
Washington, Spokane

Live-at-home full-time missionaries are needed in Utah (Provo, Ogden, and West Valley).

LDS Family Services
Couples are needed to consult on mental health and relationship issues; establish support groups for marriage, parenting, and addiction recovery; provide training to ecclesiastical leaders; and identify needs and resources. At least one spouse must have experience as a mental health worker. The spouse will assist in the administrative aspects of Family Services.

Domestic needs:  Oklahoma (Tulsa).


One Job to Do

We had one job to do here at Church Headquarters. The picture, below, depicts our progress to date. How do you think we have done so far???

2 for 1

Our children and grandchildren were so wonderfully thoughtful of us on Mom's 71st birthday and Father's Day, both of which fell on the same day, this year....2013
Below, you will see samples of what they gave us.....merchandise gift cards, pictures, greeting cards, and a tie clip.

Mom's Church Office Building (COB) Devotional Talk #2

When I was a little girl, I loved to read biographies. I think I read every biography in the small library near my home in Indiana.  Later, when I was 16 years old, a woman named Anne Herbert told me the story of Joseph Smith’s First Vision and that he was called as a prophet of God and restored the true gospel of Jesus Christ.  I was fascinated and very curious about Joseph Smith.  I had never known a prophet of God or heard of two heavenly personages, God the Father and Jesus Christ, appearing to anyone in all the biographies that I had read.  It was unbelievable, but there was something inside of me that told me it was true.  So I began to read the Book of Mormon.  I read it like a biography.   It was in the first person at the beginning, and later it read like a history book.  As I read the Book of Mormon and studied Joseph Smith’s life and asked questions and prayed and pondered, I began to believe in the First Vision.  I came to know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God.
Today I would like to honor Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum Smith and all the prophets of the church.  Joseph Smith has blessed my life and the lives of millions of other people.  Joseph Smith is the person who brought me to Christ as I read about his life and the Book of Mormon.   I know he worked under the direction of Jesus Christ and that there were many other people involved in the Restoration of the gospel, but I will ever be grateful for the life of the Prophet Joseph Smith.  This morning I would like to talk about his life.  I will take most of my remarks from D&C 135 which became canonized scripture.  It was written by John Taylor, who was one the witnesses to the tragic deaths of these two great men.
The prophet’s persecution began right after his first vision.  In his history (verse 20) he questions this persecution and says, “It seems as though the adversary was aware, at a very early period of my life, that I was destined to prove a disturber and an annoyer of his kingdom; else why should the powers of darkness combine against me?  Why the opposition and persecution that arose against me, almost in my infancy?”                                                                               
This persecution continued the rest of his life, but despite this persecution, John Taylor writes, “Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it. 
Joseph Smith’s last words as he left Nauvoo were these:  “I am going like a lamb to the slaughter, but I am calm as a summer’s morning; I have a conscience void of offense towards God and towards all men.  I SHALL DIE INNOCENT, AND IT SHALL YET BE SAID OF ME----HE WAS MURDERED IN COLD BLOOD.”  He gave his life to seal his mission and his works with his own blood; and so did his brother Hyrum.  They were martyrs who gave their lives as two witnesses for the truth.  I have learned that Jesus Christ always administers His gospel by the Law of Witnesses.      
John Taylor then quotes in D&C 135 verses 36-38 which are found in the 12th chapter of the “Book of Ether.”  He tells us that Hyrum Smith had read these verses just before he started for Carthage and turned down the leaf of that page.  Moroni in these verses is asking the Gentiles to have charity toward him and the other writers of the Book of Mormon because of their weaknesses in writing.  I truly believe that both the Prophet and Hyrum had this gift of charity.  The LDS Bible Dictionary defines charity as the highest, noblest, strongest kind of love, not merely affection; it is the pure love of Christ.  It is never used to denote alms or deeds of benevolence, although it may be a prompting motive.”  Mormon in the Book of Mormon describes the characteristics of a person who has charity.  As I read these characteristics, think of the Prophet and Hyrum and see if they apply to them.  “And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all thing, believeth all things, endureth all things. These two men truly lived great to the very end and died great in my eyes, in the eyes of God, and the eyes of their people.
I was very sad to know of the tragic death of this great prophet and his brother.  But what joy came, again, into my life when I found out two years later that there was another prophet on the earth.  I went to BYU, and shortly after arriving, I saw a prophet of God, President David O. McKay and his wife walk into the Smith Field House while everyone stood and sang, “We Thank Thee Oh God for a Prophet.”  Tears flowed down my cheeks to know that there was another prophet on the earth. I had always sung this hymn thinking of the Prophet Joseph Smith and now I was seeing another prophet of God.  I know Jesus Christ truly loves His prophets. I am so grateful to live at a time when prophets are on the earth again.