A poor person, who's worrying every day where their next meal will come, or how to feed his children, his LEAST priority is going to be "valiancey" in the Gospel of Christ. He may be good, he may have belief in God, but his priority's most often than not will be on surviving.Matthew 6:25,31-34
A human being must first "survive"..... Spiritual and Gospel things are going to be some of the last things on their mind.
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
When quoting things, you need to learn about this thing called CONTEXT.....
These scriptures are specifically in referrence to those being called as "missionary's", ministers of the Faith. They are not referring to the average person who is trying to survive or ensure his family survives.As to "Liz's" comments
..... I've been poor much of my life also, in fact I'm still poor.
You don't need to tell me that a person can be poor and spiritual.
This issue in question is speaking about a PARTICULAR subsection of humanity
, one that has little God in their lives, because they simply don't have time OR energy for Him. Or at minimum, they don't have time to be more valiant in the service of God and I should say OTHERS..... When you are just trying to survive yourself, you tend to have less time and energy
for other things. Are you really telling me you can't understand that concept???
Further, you clearly know nothing about what it's like to be poor. You don't know what it's like to have to go to a Construction type job, or otherwise every day, be in pain every single day, having to soak in a tub every single day in order to try and get some relief from the days work (outside of ones washing), IF you are even lucky to have a tub, most aren't.
You haven't a clue what you are talking about..... There most certainly IS a segment of humanity that meets what is being described by the Church. There ARE many who need a lift Temporally before or while they are lifted spiritually!
Step outside of your anti-mormon hatred and learn something for a change!