Why indeed. This organization is dedicated to giving alms to the poor and needy, and to serving as the Savior did. The breakdown of these two categories of service, will give a clear picture as to what this organization is all about, and what the purposes of this blog will be. These topics were touched on in our previous post, but will now be analyzed more exhaustively.
1. Giving of alms. Alms are defined as money or food given to the poor.
2. Serve the Saviors Way. This can only be defined as charity, the pure love of Christ.
Giving of Alms
“Almsgiving make atonement for sins” (Ecclesiasticus 3:22). We need to understand as our foundation, that we own nothing, deserve nothing, and are nothing.
We own nothing. “The earth is Jehovah’s, and the fullness thereof” (Psalms 24:1). Every blade of grass, every dollar “earned”, every item you think you own, is all Gods. You don’t own an atom of it. If you think you own something, you are wrong. It is the Almighty’s, and he is loaning it to you, to see how you can be entrusted with things that are not even yours. “Freely ye have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8). Give freely to the beggar, and condemn them not, “For behold, are we not all beggars?” (Mosiah 4:19).
We deserve nothing. “But God, who is rich in mercy for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together, with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)” (Ephesians 2:4-5). You must understand this,; all you deserve from God, is death, hell, and dissolution. We have broken the blood covenant which was made, and the penalty thereof, is death, hell, and dissolution of both body and spirit. “For the wages of sin is death…”; That is what we deserve, “…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Be not ignorant of this one point; we are saved only by grace, but we are rewarded according to our works.
We are nothing. We are “less than the dust of the earth” (Mosiah 4:2). Why is this so? Because even the dust obeys Gods every command. But what do we do? We disobey God constantly. Now before you puff yourself up, thinking you are more righteous than you are, keep in mind what the Lord Jesus told the Prophet Joseph Smith. “Verily thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am” (Doctrine and Covenants 93:1). In John 14, the same admonition is given. The Lord Jesus tells his disciples, that whoever keeps his commandments, will be greeted by himself, and eventually even the Father will show himself unto that individual. So if the Lord Jesus has not appeared to you, search your life and your heart as to what is preventing this most sublime visitation. He wants to come to you, but your love of the things of this world, or your lack of faith, prevents him from doing so. But even if you have attained to one of these experiences, you are still dust, and capable of sin at any moment, lest you hold fast to that God who has redeemed you.
Let us remember the Saviors plea, that to give to the poor, is to give to him (Matthew 25:40). This obligation rests upon all of us, for the poor will always be among us (Mark 14:7).
Serving the Saviors Way
Almsgiving does make an atonement for sins; for though in our fallen state, it allows us to act in the capacity of a higher. However, we seem to trust in three commandments to save us, above all others.
1. Ordinances will give us tickets to heaven (these are dead works, which without faith and righteous living, and understanding the spirit of those laws, mean nothing [Moroni 8:23]).
2. Following some man or being a part of some church will lead you right into heaven (Christ is the only way to the Father [John 14:6]. Trusting in men, and the organizations of men, means you are cursed of God [2 Nephi 4:34]).
3. Paying tithes (true we pay tithes, but are we using them for the correct purposes, such as the poor?) http://puremormonism.blogspot.com/2013/01/city-creek-how-did-we-come-to-this.html
It is not through doing works that we become saved, but by becoming like Christ through our works. WWJD? What Would Jesus Do? Christians know this phrase, though most of them have no idea what he would do; for they do not study his word, commune with him deeply in prayer, nor keep his commandments.
If you are a Christian, then your commission is to love; both God and your fellow man (Matthew 22:40). But how do we love? The love of the world is feelings of the heart; but God has said, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9). How then do we recognize, and then act with true love, and not this false love of the world, which is only lust? “If ye love me, keep my commandments”, so said the Savior (John 14:15). Therefore, we show our love to God, by keeping his commandments. “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments” (1 John 5:3). And Jesus also said, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35). Therefore, if to love God means to keep his commandments, then to love our fellow beings, is to help them keep the commandments of God. This is how the Savior served.
To have charity, “the pure love of Christ” (Moroni 7:47), is to have the heart and mind of Christ; to think, say, and do, even as he. Most of the time, this will probably mean lifting the broken, caring for the sick, and the widow, but that is not all that is required to be Christ-like. We must keep all of the commandments, and teach men that they must also. Sometimes we will need to be bold, correcting false doctrines which damn (John 8:44), and teaching the true way, to free men from the bondage of those false paths (Matthew 15:9). This is how the Savior served. He separated the truth of God as found in scripture, from the inventions of men as found in their handbooks and policy statements, so that we would know the true path to eternal life.
And so, this is why we will have a blog. That we may be thoroughly instructed in the ways of righteousness, so that we may “come in the unity of faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13). Now stop worrying about all those sins and weaknesses which may be bothering you, and go do something holy for someone else (Denver Snuffer, 40 Years in Mormonism, Repentance).