How ‘the church of Christ’ in New Hampshire turned into a charity after losing its founder
A church in New England that turned into an online charity after its founder was sentenced to prison is now being used as a model for charities in the state.
According to Mashable, the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is now called the “Church of Hope Community Church” in the name of the late church founder Joseph Fielding Smith, who died in 2012.
In a post on the church’s Facebook page, the LDS Church wrote: “After nearly five years of prayer, support, and advocacy, the Church of Hope was found to be a worthy and just cause.
After many hard-fought and heartbreaking years, the congregation of Latter Day Saints in this beautiful and historic town, along with all of our Heavenly Father’s children, are now united in the love of Jesus and in the hope of his Atonement.”
The church’s mission statement says it will serve “to heal the sick and the needy, to build community, and to offer an opportunity for love, truth, and healing to the world.”
The post also included a photo of Smith standing beside his former home, a house on the outskirts of town called “The Hill.”