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Relief Society and Church Welfare: The Brazilian Experience
Relief Society and Church Welfare: The Brazilian Experience Mark L. Grover There was an air of excitement as she explained her plans and described the efforts that had gone into the project. It didn't amount to much more than a small shop (bazaar) with a limited quantity of clothing and other items, but it was important to Ivete. Members of the ward Relief Society had responded by donating a large quantity of clothing to be sold to needy members at a minimal price. This was the first step for what she hoped would ultimately be a permanent shop designed to distribute used items to church members. Part of the reason for the excitement was that the project was patterned after the idea of Deseret Industries in the United States which she had heard about but never seen. For Ivete it was both the satisfaction of providing help to those in need combined with fulfilling religious responsibilities that made the project worthwhile. When the idea was presented to her stake president he was supportive. But after contacting the regional representative a short time later, the stake president was informed that the project was to be discontinued. The church was not yet ready to provide long-term support for this type of welfare project in Brazil and could not provide financial assistance or allow its buildings to be used for this project. It could be done as a private enterprise but without affiliation to the church. Unable to personally accumulate the necessary capital, the idea of establishing a Brazilian Deseret Industries was abandoned.1 Ivete's experience is not unique in the over sixty-year history of the Mormon church in Brazil. Since the time the institutional welfare program of the church began in the United States, Brazilian members have 1. Ivete Sodre da Mota Soares, Oral History, interviewed by Mark L. Grover, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1991. The project was begun in the 1980s.