K. Douglas Bassett

Mormon Doctrine, McConkie, p. 82; Alma 34:28; Ensign, June 1992, pp. 2-5; refer in this text to Mosiah 2:16-17

“In every gospel dispensation the Lord has required his saints to care for the temporal well-being of the poor among them. Organized almsgathering was one of the accepted features of Jewish life in the days of Jesus. Much of the giving, however, was done in a spirit of ostentatious display, with the expectancy of gaining popularity and honor from men. Modern almsgivers often follow the same pattern, trumpeting their donations and contributions through the columns of the press, no doubt expecting to gain business or political rewards which will outweigh the cost of the contribution. Verily, they have their reward.” (Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 1:232-233)

Latter-Day Commentary on the Book of Mormon