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Just as a house can be turned into a home with love, so too can a neighborhood and a church become a caring community where people can connect with each other and worship Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
Church is a refuge from the chaos of everyday life. Attending services gives us time to worship God and associate with others who are trying to be better and live more like Jesus did. It’s a spiritual recharge and helps us throughout the week.
“I love that we are a family. No matter where you are in the world, there is a church community that is there and ready to support you, your family, and your needs.”
“I love gathering together like friends, siblings, and children of Heavenly Father.”
“I love that everyone is unique and has different accomplishments and trials. This allows us to learn from each other, to focus more on others, and to understand that we are all trying to be more Christlike. I love attending church and learning more from others and hearing their testimonies. That has helped me to continue to grow my own testimony.”
“I love being a part of something bigger than myself that, I feel, is trying to make this world a better place.”
“I love how my church community is always prepared to help me and how they are not quick to judge me by my situation but rather are looking for a way to make me feel better and help my situation.”
“It’s helped me make friends when I move new places. I can always find people I have things in common with. It’s nice to be a part of something and have somewhere to go that’s not work or school—it’s social interaction.”
New York City, NY
“I love that we are bonded by our love of the gospel, our love for the prophets, and our strong faith in our Heavenly Father.”
Thousand Oaks, California
“For me, it is the only place where I am allowed to make mistakes. Where there are multiple hands to pull me up if I fall. A true brotherhood and sisterhood is experienced in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints communities.”
New Delhi, India
Below are questions often asked about members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Click here to see the full list.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are just like anyone else. We have ups and downs and everything in between. Latter-day Saints have a reputation for being a happy, peaceful people. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have challenges. Everyone in life is fighting a hard battle—but when we try our best to live the gospel of Jesus Christ, we have additional strength and peace to make it through.
As far as lifestyle is concerned, Latter-day Saints try to keep Jesus front and center. Our beliefs about the Savior and His teachings affect our day-to-day decisions about how we speak, dress, and act. For example, we try to avoid working on Sundays so we can attend church, serve others, and spend time with family. Faithful members of the Church do not smoke, drink alcohol, or gamble.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has many cultural traditions and customs that focus on the family. For example, we try to reserve one night a week for a home evening, or family night. Other activities throughout the week include Church gatherings like potlucks, small parties, or youth groups for teenagers. Many of our traditions are standard—like celebrating holidays with our families—and others are more unique—like offering a blessing for a new baby during church. As families, we pray together, read scriptures together, and on the first Sunday of every month, we even fast together.
Church service times vary from congregation to congregation. However, you can always count on one main worship service for everyone, followed by classes for children, youth, and adults.
The service for everyone is called “sacrament meeting.” This meeting consists of songs, prayers, and sermons (or “talks”) given by different members of the congregation every week. But the most important part of the meeting is when we take the sacrament (which is similar to communion) to remember the Savior.
Many people are uncomfortable with organized religion and prefer trying to be spiritual and live good lives. But the truth is, we need both! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides the structure and priesthood authority necessary to fulfill all of God’s commandments, including baptism and taking the sacrament (which is similar to communion). Going to church on Sundays is one aspect of worshipping God, and it is also important to be spiritual and serve others throughout the week.