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Emmy Award-winning TV reporter Lucky Severson characterized the LDS Church’s welfare system as huge and impressive in a seven-minute report on the PBS TV show “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly.”

Both the video and a transcript are available at’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly web page.

The piece included interviews with a bishop, a Relief Society president, service missionaries and leaders of various departments of the welfare system of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Much of the information will be familiar to many Mormons, including the fact that the Department of Defense, Army, Navy, Marines and FEMA have toured and studied the system.

But Severson also included a number of interesting details.

The church has 115 bishop’s storehouses throughout the United States, for example. The main storehouse in Salt Lake City is a massive warehouse with more than 500,000 square feet built to withstand a 7.5-magnitude earthquake. The overall system, Severson said, “holds enough provisions to meet the projected demands of members and nonmembers in the United States and Canada for two years.”

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