Sharon Eubank (bio here), director of LDS Charities, spoke at the FAIR Conference and received a standing ovation. Eubank is quick to note that she speaks from personal experience and perspective, but we think many of our readers will resonate with so much of her talk.
“This is a Woman’s Church” (be sure to listen to / read the reason she titled her talk in this way).
Editor’s note: I’ve got so many thoughts after this talk. I hope to write about some of them. I think she addressed the tensions surrounding women’s issues in a happy, articulate way. I think President Kimball would be proud. (“Much of the major growth that is coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world (in whom there is often such an inner sense of spirituality) will be drawn to the Church in large numbers. This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives and to the degree that the women of the Church are seen as distinct and different—in happy ways—from the women of the world.”)
Did you know Eubank has also given a TEDx talk? I didn’t.
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About LDS Charities, from the LDS Charities website:
Sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LDS Charities is an application of the admonition of Jesus Christ to help others in need. Jesus Christ taught His followers to give meat to the hungry and drink to those who thirst. His is a gospel that includes taking in the stranger, loving neighbors as self, and visiting those who are sick or imprisoned. He taught that we are to love and care for each other, visit the fatherless and widows in their afflictions, and lift up those whose hands hang down and whose knees are feeble.
food production and processing, donated used clothing, employment and social services, and the ability to purchase goods locally in many parts of the world. We sponsor relief and development projects in 179 countries. Assistance is rendered without regard to race, religious affiliation, or nationality and is based on the core principles of personal responsibility, community support, self-reliance, and sustainability. Largely run with volunteer labor, we operate both independently and in cooperation with other charitable organizations and governments. More than one million man-days of labor are contributed yearly by volunteers in support of welfare initiatives.