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OFFICIAL POLICIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Church leaders can help improve the temporal welfare of Church members by -

1. Teaching them personal and family preparedness and self-reliance. (These have always been essential welfare principles for Latter-day Saints. By teaching these principles, priesthood leaders can help prevent many welfare needs.)2. Exhorting them to live the law of tithing and the law of the fast. (When fasting, members of the Church who are physically able should go without food or drink for two consecutive meals. Members contribute fast offerings as they are able. Those who have few means can give an offering at least equal to the value of the food they would have eaten. Those who are able should be very generous).

- Melchizedek Priesthood Leadership Handbook