- Associated Press - Thursday, April 6, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - 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.

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.

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