|Welfare Square grain elevator stands 178-feet tall in Salt Lake City, Utah|
This model of self reliance known as Welfare Square was founded during the Great Depression. During this time, men would put in a whole day's work in exchange for food from the Bishop's Storehouse. Today people "pay" for their food by completing tasks such as folding clothes at Deseret Industries thrift stores or canning food at local Bishop's Storehouses. All this is in keeping with a revelation given through the Prophet Joseph Smith which reads, "The storehouse shall be kept by the consecrations of the church; and widows and orphans shall be provided for, as also the poor. Amen" (D&C 83:6). Also the words came to the Prophet thusly, "And again, let the bishop appoint a storehouse unto this church; and let all things both in money and in meat, which are more than is needful for the wants of this people, be kept in the hands of the bishop" (D&C 51:13).
|Presiding Bishop H. David Burton, center; First Counselor Richard C. Edgley, left; Second Counselor Keith B. McMullin, right|
The reason the world looks with awe and wonder upon The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is because it is run by continual revelation. Although the world may not know this fact (and sometimes even deny it), it is nevertheless true. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.