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Through the Years: Timeline

Revisit key milestones in the Church's welfare program over the last
75 years. Click on an event for a more in-depth account.

 
  • 1936
    Church Security Plan Announced
    Church Security Plan Announced 
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    General Welfare Committee Formed
    General Welfare Committee Formed 
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  • 1937
    First Bishop's Central Storehouse
    First Bishop's Central Storehouse 
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  • 1938
    Welfare Square Property Purchased
    Welfare Square Property Purchased 
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    First Deseret Industries Thrift Store
    First Deseret Industries Thrift Store 
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  • 1939
    Welfare Square Construction Begins
    Welfare Square Construction Begins 
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  • 1940
    Welfare Square Grain Elevator Built
    Welfare Square Grain Elevator Built 
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  • 1941
    First Welfare Square Milk-Processing Plant
    First Welfare Square Milk-Processing Plant 
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  • 1946
    Church sends aid to European Saints post World War II
    Church sends aid to European Saints post World War II 
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  • 1947
    Dutch Potatoes sent to German Saints
    Dutch Potatoes sent to German Saints 
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  • 1948
    Regional Employment Office Opens
    Regional Employment Office Opens  
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  • 1960
    New Welfare Square Milk Processing Plant Completed
    New Welfare Square Milk Processing Plant Completed 
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  • 1963
    New Welfare Square Cannery and Pasta Plant Begin Operation
    New Welfare Square Cannery and Pasta Plant Begin Operation 
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  • 1973
    LDS Social Services created
    LDS Social Services created 
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  • 1976
    Employment Resource Services Established
    Employment Resource Services Established 
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    New Welfare Square Bishops' Storehouse Completed
    New Welfare Square Bishops' Storehouse Completed 
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  • 1978
    Emergency Response Committee Formed
    Emergency Response Committee Formed 
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    First International Employment Centers Established
    First International Employment Centers Established 
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    Relief Society Wheat Storage Transferred to Church Welfare Program
    Relief Society Wheat Storage Transferred to Church Welfare Program  
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  • 1981
    Deseret Industries Thrift Store Built on Welfare Square
    Deseret Industries Thrift Store Built on Welfare Square 
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  • 1982
    U.S. President Ronald Reagan Visits Welfare Facilities
    U.S. President Ronald Reagan Visits Welfare Facilities 
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  • 1985
    Latter-day Saint Charities Organized
    Latter-day Saint Charities Organized 
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    Ethiopian Famine Prompts Two Church-wide Fasts
    Ethiopian Famine Prompts Two Church-wide Fasts  
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  • 1991
    Humanitarian Center Established
    Humanitarian Center Established  
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  • 1996
    First International Bishops' Storehouse Built
    First International Bishops' Storehouse Built  
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    Renovation of Welfare Square
    Renovation of Welfare Square 
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  • 1997
    LDS Family Services Makes Record Number of Adoption Placements
    LDS Family Services Makes Record Number of Adoption Placements  
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  • 1999
    Major Employment Initiative Begins
    Major Employment Initiative Begins 
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  • 2001
    Major humanitarian initiatives established
    Major humanitarian initiatives established 
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    Employment Workshops Introduced
    Employment Workshops Introduced  
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  • 2003
    Major humanitarian initiatives established
    Major humanitarian initiatives established 
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    The Provident Living website is launched, providentliving.org
    The Provident Living website is launched, providentliving.org  
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  • 2009
    A new adoption website is launched, ItsAboutLove.org
    A new adoption website is launched, ItsAboutLove.org  
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  • 2010
    A new employment website is launched, LDSjobs.org.
    A new employment website is launched, LDSjobs.org. 
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    Major humanitarian initiatives established
    Major humanitarian initiatives established 
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Read about It

Learn more about the Church’s welfare program and the lives it blessed in
these beautiful books by Glen L. Rudd.

Pure Religion:   The Story of Welfare Since 1930
Pure Religion:
The Story of Welfare Since 1930

An overview of the Church’s welfare program spanning from 1930 to 1995.
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Pure Religion Epilogue
Pure Religion Epilogue

The epilogue is now available and covers the Church’s welfare plan from 1995 to 2010.
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Media Library  

See inspiring welfare videos and photos that show the Lord’s love through the members of His Church.