"Caring for the poor and needy has always been a basic tenet of the Church," said LDS Church spokesman Scott Trotter. "The language reference is simply a description of the purposes of the church to be included in the next edition of the Church Handbook."
The first three are well-known:
- To proclaim the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to every nation, kindred, tongue and people.
- To perfect the Saints by preparing them to receive the ordinances of the gospel and by instruction and discipline to gain exaltation.
- To redeem the dead by performing vicarious ordinances of the gospel for those who have lived on the earth.
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