Last week, there was two big donations to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bill Gates pledged “a few billion“, and Jack Dorsey (Twitter) pledged $1 billion. For Gates it will only be 2-3% of his net worth, for Dorsey if will be about 25%!

What kind of publicity would the church get if they stepped up and donated $1 billion? If we assume the $ 124 billion is now only worth $100 billion, the Church could spend 1% of its “rainy day fund” and get the best publicity it has got since giving blacks the priesthood!

I could see a news article like this:

12 April 2020 – Salt Lake City 

Today at a news conference at the headquarters for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, church President Russel Nelson announced that the church would be giving $1 billion to help with the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said “The Lord had blessed us tremendously over the past few years, and in keeping with our Christ centered values, we will be donated $1 billion toward the fight of the COVID-19 pandemic.” He further explained that they would be distributing the funds through the Bill and Malinda Gates foundation. “We are a world wide church” he continued “and the Gates foundation has the international infrastructure to help distribute theses funds in an equatable and low cost way.”

But maybe the church has already given $1 billion for fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and they are just using their normal financial secrecy, or maybe they are not telling the world because they are taking Matthew 6:1 to heart?

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

Matt 6:1

So what do thou think? Should the church help in this time with a large monetary donation? If they did, would they keep it a secret in following Matthew or would they have a press conference (following Matthew 5:16)? How would it give the money, through a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) like the Gates Foundation, or some other way? Is the Church’s own Presiding Bishopric organization capable of administrating the distribution themselves?