The Historical Hightlights of LDS Family Services

The Historical Hightlights of LDS Family Services

Bishop J. Richard Clarke in 1971:

“The purpose or mission of LDS Social Services [now LDS Family Services] is to assist priesthood leaders by providing quality licensed and clinical services to members of the Church. This is accomplished by using highly qualified staff members and volunteers whose values, knowledge, and professional skills are in harmony with the gospel and the order of the Church. We should remember that LDS Social Services exists  . . . because our prophets were inspired to give local priesthood leaders a resource to meet social-emotional needs.

“The bishop and Melchizedek Priesthood quorum and group leaders are the Lord’s ecclesiastical leaders. They cannot and must not abdicate their responsibility to any agency. Social services agencies are established to be a resource to the ecclesiastical leaders. There is no substitute for the inspired counsel and priesthood blessing by the bishop or quorum or group leader.”

Historical Highlights LDSFS J Livingstone