What is a Mormon church meeting like?

People often wonder what a Mormon church meeting is like. Our meetings are split into three parts: Sacrament meeting, Sunday School and Priesthood / Relief Society.

The first, and most important meeting, is the Sacrament meeting. During this meeting time members of the church are encouraged to take the bread and water as symbols of their remembrance of Jesus Christ, and his death for us on the cross. After a short sacrament prayer, the sacrament is passed through the congregation, and members take some time in silence to think on that great Sacrifice that Christ made for us.  For the remainder of this first meeting, members of the congregation who have been previously asked to speak come to the pulpit and give their thoughts on the subject of that day.  Subjects might include Christ, the family, the Holy Spirit, etc.

The second meeting is Sunday School. During Sunday School everyone goes into their classes based on their age (there are classes for the different aged kids, as well as classes for the adults). The teachers are members of the congregation who have accepted the responsibility of teaching. There are lesson manuals, the Bible and the Book of Mormon from which all of the teachers are encouraged to teach. Teachers are above all encouraged to try to listed to the Holy Spirit, and teach the things that will most help the members of their class. Class participation is greatly encouraged, and there are no right or wrong questions or comments.

During the third part of the church meetings the men and young men go to Priesthood meetings, and the women go to Relief Society meetings. The Relief Society is the oldest women’s organization in the world, and they have the opportunity to organize and participate in many humanitarian efforts (which the men also help with, of course) around the globe. The Priesthood meetings are classes where the subject is often how to be a better father, a better husband, and a better person before God.

All of the meetings are open to anyone, and guests can come and go as they please. If you’re curious about a Mormon church meeting, the best thing is to look up a meeting house on the official church website:

http://maps.lds.org/WML/

You can also find meeting times. Just show up, or if you know a friend who is Mormon, let them know you’d like to come. Most people wear something similar to business casual, while others wear suits. Dresses and skirts are also common, but everyone can wear what they like. No one would be turned away for the clothes they wear.

More questions about Mormon church meetings? Feel free to ask me or a friend!

What Bible do Mormons Read?

I recently got a comment about our belief in the Bible. Mormons use the King James Version (KJV) of the Holy Bible in English speaking countries. In France, we use the Louis Segond version, and in other countries we use various other translations, depending on the language.

The interesting thing about the Bible is the number of times it has been translated. Think about it: it started with Adam, who likely wrote in his own language (he, as the first man on the earth, certainly didn’t speak English or any other language we have now). From there, and down the line, the records were probably a mixture of recorded languages and translations (I don’t think God would trust something so vitally important to an oral tradition). Later versions were in Latin and Greek, which have also been transcribed and translated many, many times.

You might have also heard of the Book of Mormon (where we got our nickname, the Mormons). This was a record that was recorded from about 600BC to about 400AD… about 1000 years of history. It started in Jerusalem, and ends in the ancient americas. It is a record of a people who were a “branch of israel”. It was translated in the late 1800’s. It has only been translated once into english, and from that original version it has been re-translated in to most of the languages on the earth.

The ancient record keepers of the book of Mormon had, for their part, a copy of most of the old testament records contained on brass plates, which they used in their own societies to maintain the purity of their Christian teachings. Along with those records, they had continual guidance from God through ancient prophets, just as the rest of the Israelites did.

You can get a free copy of the Book of Mormon or the Bible on Mormon.org. They are both testimonies of Jesus Christ, who is our Savior and Master.

Mormon Church Does Not Practice Polygamy

Letter to the general media about real Mormon church positions

Recent events have focused the media spotlight on a polygamous sect near San Angelo, Texas, calling itself the “Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.”  As you probably know, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has absolutely no affiliation with this polygamous sect.  Decades ago, the founders of that sect rejected the doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, were excommunicated, and then started their own religion.  To the best of our knowledge, no one at the Texas compound has ever been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

News story with interviews from people in Texas about Mormon church

“People have the right to worship as they choose, and we aren’t interested in attacking someone else’s beliefs,” Elder Cook said. “At the same time, we have an obligation to define ourselves rather than be defined by events and incidents that have nothing to do with us. It’s obvious we need to do more to help people understand the enormous differences that exist between our Church which is a global faith and these small polygamous groups.”

These are some great points. It really isn’t right to let other people define who you are and what you believe. I am sure that anyone would feel the same way about their own beliefs… it is not up to someone else to tell you what you think and believe. Read these two articles for some great information that really helps draw the line.