The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called the “Mormon Church” by the media) invites other people to come unto Christ. All services and activities center around the Savior Jesus Christ.
Who Funds the “Mormon Church”?
Many other Christian churches may pay their clergy but the “Mormon Church” depends upon volunteers. The bishop (local pastor) asks members to teach classes or volunteer their time and talents to bless those around them. Under the bishop’s direction, I have enjoyed teaching various gospel doctrine classes, play the piano, play the organ, organize musical numbers and plan activities. My family has helped clean the chapel, cooked meals for sick neighbors, and done various community service projects.
Members of the Latter-day Saint Church pay tithing money (10% of one’s income) which is distributed as needed.”Tithing funds are used to build churches and temples, to sustain missionary work, and to build the kingdom of God on earth (Tithing, “The Guide to the Scriptures”).” Tithing has always been a commandment from God and modern prophets today have taught us to still obey this commandment.
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings… Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it (Malachi 3: 8, 10).
What Happens in the Mormon Church?
A person can attend services on Sunday that consist of three hours. Typically the first hour called “sacrament meeting” is when members partake of the sacrament and renew their baptismal covenants (promise made with God). This “Mormon church” meeting also includes prayers, singing hymns about Christ, and listening to other members who have prepared doctrinal messages. Families sit together and people dress in their best “Sunday clothes” (usually dresses, suits, ties, etc.).
The second hour is when members split into different groups according to ages and gender. Because each person learns at a different rate and may be in a different developmental stage in life, the gospel is taught on a level that one would understand. The young babies are watched in “Nursery” which is similar to a care-center with toys and snacks. The children under 12 attend “Primary”. Depending on the size of the Primary, the children may be split into classes by age group. The children sing songs, and have lessons and activities based upon teachings in the scriptures.
The teenagers attend (ages 12-18) attend a “Sunday School” class where they study gospel doctrine in the scriptures and listen to a lesson from a teacher. Adults also attend a “Sunday School” class and study scriptures which are rotated yearly from The Bible, The New Testament, The Book of Mormon (contains writings of ancient prophets in the Americas), and The Doctrine and Covenants (contains revelations from modern prophets).
During the final hour, the youth split into classes by gender called “Young Women” and “Young Men”. The adults also split into groups and the women attend “Relief Society” and the men can attend “Elder’s Quorum”. Again, a lesson is taught using a manual the church provides. This year, the lessons are from teachings of the eighth modern prophet (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert Smith).
During the week, people can attend activities at the church such as dances, play basketball, or a service project. When a baptism is performed it may be done inside of the church building in a font that is filled with water for the occasion. Twice a year, churches broadcast General Conference (meetings where the modern prophet and apostles address the world). There is a special spirit inside of “Mormon churches” because all activities in the church are designed to bring us closer to Jesus Christ. Anyone is welcome to attend and draw closer to the Savior.
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