The Need for a Church
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“The Need for a Church,” For the Strength of Youth, Nov. 2021.

Saturday Morning Session

The Need for a Church

Excerpts

Youth Magazine, Global 2021/11 Nov

Today, my message concerns such good and religious-minded people who have stopped attending or participating in their churches. When I say “churches,” I include synagogues, mosques, or other religious organizations. We are concerned that attendance in all of these is down significantly, nationwide. …

Attendance and activity in a church help us become better people and better influences on the lives of others. …

… In church we associate with wonderful people striving to serve God. This reminds us that we are not alone in our religious activities. We all need associations with others, and church associations are some of the best we can experience. …

… Members who forgo Church attendance and rely only on individual spirituality separate themselves from these gospel essentials: the power and blessings of the priesthood, the fulness of restored doctrine, and the motivations and opportunities to apply that doctrine. …

In addition to feeling peace and joy through the companionship of the Spirit, our Church-attending members enjoy the fruits of gospel living, such as the blessings of living the Word of Wisdom and the material and spiritual prosperity promised for living the law of tithing. …

… The fulness of doctrine and its saving and exalting ordinances are available only in the restored Church.