What is a Bishop Storehouse? A Lesson from the Bishopric.

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A Bishop Storehouse is a place where food, materials and other household items are stored, awaiting those who need them. It is a common practice among congregations belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The bishops of those congregations are in charge in handling any donations and purchasing the goods needed to be stored away.

Bishop Storehouses were founded back when the entire religion was. Their origin stands in a revelation that Joseph Smith received, in which it was said that he should keep the goods “in My (the Lord) storehouse, to administer to the poor and the needy”. Since then, the LDS church has encouraged congregations to have a storehouse available at all times.

Another thing that could refer to a Bishop’s Storehouse is the gathered potential for help of the entire congregation’s people. They can team up to help build houses, to make donations (monetary or material) and support those in need. This combined effort can be called a Bishop’s Storehouse as well, for all the resources of all the people in the congregation can and will come together at the bishop’s request and help whoever needs help.

In most cases, there are no goods available for purchase at a Bishop’s Storehouse. The goods are just bought and stored therein until someone needs something from there. The person in need will have to go to the bishop and ask for permission. The Bishop is usually helped by the local Relief Society president acting at the time. People who have need of assistance, can go to the Relief Society president as well, but they will have to wait until the president asks and talks it over with the bishop.

The Relief Society is also involved in helping people in congregations. It is an official auxiliary to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints since 1842. The society acts and deals with the role women have and what they must do in order to gain access to eternal life. Their main focus is, like their motto says, “Charity never faileth”.

It is no surprise that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints would encourage and even have in the first place a storehouse. They are very well known for their preparedness techniques, making this religion one of the best organized religions out there. The storehouses not only act as a mean to help others, but it is also there to help everybody in case of major disasters. Latter Day Saints or Mormons are also known for their training in dealing with stressful and emergency situations. Most of them already have stored food at home, in case of a disaster. Those that cannot afford to store a little extra will receive the help they need from the local Bishop Storehouse.

Another way in which people can contribute to the storehouse is to make fast offerings. That basically means that every 4 weeks, the Church encourages people not to eat on a Sunday and give the money they would have spent for food to the church. By doing so, the money can be saved up and used in case others need it.

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