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LDS Church Increasing Efforts To Fight Homelessness

Mormon church officials say they're committed to helping address homelessness and that the religion has donated $42 million in cash and materials over the last decade to eight Utah organizations.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' top leaders said Thursday in a statement that they are grateful to Salt Lake City area leaders who have been tackling the issue.

The church agreed to sell a church-owned thrift store to make room for one of the new homeless shelters.

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Church leaders say they will continue to offer their food storage, employment training, job placement and ministry to help because they feel "keenly a responsibility to help in a Christlike way."

Mormon church officials don't usually discuss how they spend their money. Faithful Mormons give 10 percent of their income as a tithe to the church.