Post WWII-How the lds church helped
After WWII, almost all of Europe was disastrous. People were hungry and didn’t have the necessities they needed. The amount of dollars were so low, it was literally worth move for burning in fires than for spending. They needed help and hope, and the LDS church was there to restore it.
George Albert Smith was then the Prophet of the LDS church. He wanted to make sure that the people in Europe had the things they needed. He got in contact with Harry S. Truman (who was president of the U.S. at the time), and asked for help to send things to Europe. This is the conversation that George Smith recalled:
“He smiled at me, and said: ‘Well, what do you want to ship it over there for? Their money isn’t good.’
“I said, ‘We don’t want their money.’ He looked at me and said: ‘You don’t mean you’re going to give it to them?’
“I said: ‘Of course, we would give it to them. They are our brothers and sisters and are in distress. God has blessed us with a surplus, and we will be glad to send it if we can have the cooperation of the government..’
“He said, ‘You are on the right a track,’ and added, ‘We will be glad to help in any way we can.”
They prepared to send everything to Europe, and they took 127 railroad carloads full of food, clothing, bedding, and medicine. They received 75 tons of potatoes from Dutch farms. The next year, they got 90 tons of potatoes and 9 tons of herring.
When they arrived, there were many people that they saw in need. Almost all of the people were dressed in rags, and were in a destitute state. They were so relieved and joyful when they were able to receive these items that had restored hope and good health. They had never forgotten these generous acts of kindness given by the LDS church.
I thought that this story was amazing to me when my mom showed it to me. A lot of people had their lives saved because they were able to receive the proper things they needed to survive. They were able to sleep in a bed that didn’t have stained bedding, they were able to be well fed and well clothed.