“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matt. 7:15–20.)
The Apostle Paul said: “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. … “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. “Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.” (Rom. 14:10, 12–13.)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be judged by its fruits. The LDS Church only wishes to do good, and to provide for the needy of this world. Millions of dollars and countless hours of volunteer work is spent each year on those who are in need and are not members of the LDS Church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints conducts humanitarian activities worldwide. From 1985 to 2007 Humanitarian Services provided more than $1.01 billion in total assistance to needy individuals in 165 countries. (See LDS.ORG)
For millions of people in need around the world, the humanitarian outreach program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers hope and the potential for a life that transcends disease, poverty, and despair. The following is an example of what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has done in the past:
Humanitarian assistance rendered (1985–2006)
Cash donations $201.3 million
Value of material assistance $705.2 million
Countries served 163
Food distributed 54,905 tons
Medical equipment distributed 9,152 tons
Surplus clothing distributed 73,226 tons
Educational supplies distributed 5,857 tons
This is what the LDS Church is known for in other countries throughout the world. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that the LDS Church is growing so fast outside the United States – in fact, there are more members outside the United States today than within.
By their fruits ye shall know them. I have never seen an anti-Catholic, anti-Jewish, anti-Baptist, or anti-Muslim DVD or pamphlet put out by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That is not what the LDS Church is about. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is quietly going about doing good.
There is a lesson here to be learn by all of us. Instead of just going about, let’s strive to go about doing good.