Messages from Leaders

Messages from general Church leaders to help bishops, elders quorum presidencies, high priests group leaders and their assistants, and Relief Society presidencies in their welfare responsibilities.


  • Providing in the Lord’s Way

    “I give you a promise: if you will follow this pattern, you will receive specific guidance as to the who, what, when, and where of providing in the Lord’s way. The prophetic promises and blessings of Church welfare, of providing in the Lord’s way, are some of the most magnificent and sublime the Lord has pronounced upon His children” (Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Providing in the Lord's Way,” Oct. 2011 general conference). Read, watch, or listen to President Uchtdorf’s entire address on providing in the Lord's way.

  • A Gospel Vision of Welfare: Faith in Action

    “Whenever we practice the principles of welfare, we are living 'pure religion' as it is defined in scripture (James 1:27). The Savior taught, 'Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me' (Matthew 25:40). He also taught that we not only seek out and 'visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction,' but we also 'keep [ourselves] unspotted from the world' (James 1:27). In other words, we not only do good; we strive to be good” (Robert D. Hales, Principles of Welfare and Self-Reliance, 1). Read, watch, or listen to Elder Hales’s entire address on the gospel vision of welfare.

  • The Welfare Responsibilities of the Bishop

    “As bishops carry out their divine mandate to seek out and care for the poor in the Lord’s way, they will often be required to make difficult decisions. Bishops are blessed with and very much entitled to the gift of discernment as they are faced with this task. Each individual case that you deal with requires inspiration” (H. David Burton, Principles of Welfare and Self-Reliance, 8). Read, watch, or listen to Bishop Burton’s entire address on the welfare responsibilities of the bishop.

  • The Welfare Responsibilities of the Relief Society

    “Relief Society, which has responsibility ‘to look after the spiritual welfare and salvation . . . of all the female members of the Church,’ was organized to provide ‘relief of the poor, the destitute, the widow and the orphan, and for the exercise of all benevolent purposes.’ This includes ‘relief of poverty, relief of illness, relief of doubt, relief of ignorance—relief of all that hinders the joy and progress of woman’ ” (Julie B. Beck, Principles of Welfare and Self-Reliance, 4). Read, watch, or listen to Sister Beck’s entire address on the welfare responsibilities of the Relief Society.

  • The Way of the Lord

    “One might ask, concerning those who assist in the welfare program, What prompts such devotion on the part of every worker? The answer can be stated simply: An individual testimony of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, even a heartfelt desire to love the Lord with all one's heart, mind, and soul, and one's neighbor as oneself” (Thomas S. Monson, Principles of Welfare and Self-Reliance, 13). Read, watch, or listen to President Monson's entire address on the Lord's way of caring for the poor and needy.

  • Conference Addresses

    Read, watch, or listen to additional addresses by general Church leaders about basic welfare principles.