It's official. For the past few days, the bloggernacle has been rumoring that the LDS Church was changing it's three-fold mission of the Church to include caring for the poor and needy. Today, the Salt Lake Tribune's Peggy Fletcher Stack confirmed the rumor with Church spokesman Scott Trotter. In the upcoming revision of the Church's Handbook of Instructions, the former three-fold mission of the church is being replaced with the 'purposes' of the Church, which will now be:
- Preaching the Gospel
- Perfecting the Saints
- Redeeming the Dead
- Caring for the Poor and Needy
While this has almost always been the subject of President Monsen's talks, it has clearly been the primary emphasis of his most recent General Conference talk and this week's Christmas devotional. This change, bears testimony to the role he believes the Gospel should have in taking care of those in need and his prophetic calling.