Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Bearing One Another's Burdens II

Had I longer to prepare and longer to speak last Sunday, there would have been more.  I left out some crucial things that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has in place to help its members and other people around the world

One of them is the ARP - Addiction Recovery Program.  I was reaminded of that when we got a hand written letter this week from a couple in our home ward who were called on a mission to work in Addiction Recovery.  I first found out about the program when we came to South Carolina.  Another couple who was temporarily in the office had been called here to do Addiction Recovery.  The Mihlbergers told us a little of the program.  The program helps people with addictions of every kind.  Gambling, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, pornography, over-eating, sugar addiction, over-spending, etc. etc.

Another program the church has is its education system.  For many, many years there have been the seminaries and institutes.  In most of the world, seminary is taught in the early mornings, before school, to students in grades 9-12.  The institute program is for college and university students.

Two couples Iknow personally, Jim and Sandra Shupe, and Richard and Gloria Rasmussen have both set up and worked in schools run by the church in Zimbabwe, West Africa and the South Pacific Island of Kiribati, respectively.  I couldn't find information on how many of these schools there are across the globe.  I'm sure I could find it if I had the time to search.

There may be other programs out there too...I just can't think of any more right now.  Ü

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