A Mormon Blog

Blogging About The Mormon Church

Category Archives: Understanding The Mormon Church

Mormon Lay Ministry

 

In the Mormon Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) the leadership of wards, branches, and stakes are unpaid volunteers or what is called a lay ministry. This is one of the Mormon Churches defining characteristic. Virtually every member of the Church is given an opportunity to serve in their congregations. They are asked or “called” to serve in a verity of ways and have the option to accept or decline that opportunity. Invitations to serve in the Church are “callings.”

 

Members of the Church work typical 40 hour work weeks in all kinds of occupations and then spend 3-4 hours a week giving service in their callings. Those with greater responsibilities within a ward and stake may spend 20-30 hours a week in their callings.

Infographic of Lay Leadership and Ministry of The Mormon Church

 

 

Advertisements

Hope

Hope is defined as “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.” Hope is part of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul said, “Be not moved away from the hope of the gospel” (1 Colossians 1:23).

A leader in the Mormon Church President Dieter F. Uchtdorf says this about hope: “We hope in Jesus the Christ, in the goodness of God, in the manifestations of the Holy Spirit, in the knowledge that prayers are heard and answered. Because God has been faithful and kept His promises in the past, we can hope with confidence that God will keep His promises to us in the present and in the future” (The Infinite Power of Hope, Oct General Conference 2008).

Everyone experiences discouragement, difficulty, temptations, trails, and sorrows. Such experiences may at times seem unbearable, but the principles taught in the gospel of Jesus Christ are what we hope in and are what helps us to move forward when having such experiences. The outward expressions of hope, when faced with life’s challenges, are optimism, confidence, enthusiasm, perseverance, and patience.

A Book of Mormon prophet named Moroni taught this about hope:

“And what is it that ye shall hope for? Behold I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternal, and this because of your faith in him according to the promise” (Moroni 7:41).

Often hope is hoping for the outcome of future events and an event all people will face will be death. But the gospel of Jesus Christ teaches that because of the Atonement we will all be resurrected unto eternal life and this will be something everyone will experience who has lived on earth.

Additional Readings on Hope:

The Infinite Power of Hope, by President Dieter F. Uchdorf

Hope, by Elder Steven E. Snow

Hope, An Anchor of the Soul, by President James E. Faust

Related Articles

Mormon Pioneer Day

On July 24, 1847 Mormon pioneers entered the Great Salt Lake Valley. On this date each year Latter-day Saints (Mormons) celebrate this event.

“See the infographic below for some interesting facts about the Mormon migration and how it impacted the settlement of the American West.”

Mormon-Pioneer-Infographic

Mormon Pioneer Infographic

Related articles

 

The Four Fold Mission Of The Mormon Church

In the April 1981 General Conference of the Mormon Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Days Saints) President Spencer W. Kimball, leader of the Mormon faith at the time, gave an address titled “A Report of My Stewardship.” In this address Pres. Kimball talked about what was then coined as the “three fold mission” of the Mormon Church, which are:

  1. To proclaim the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people;
  2. To perfect the Saints by preparing them to receive the ordinances of the gospel and by instruction and discipline to gain exaltation
  3. To redeem the dead by performing vicarious ordinances of the gospel for those who have lived on the earth.

These three statements have always been taught in the Mormon faith, but this was the first time they were articulated to form a mission statement of sorts.

In 2009 a fourth element was added to the mission of the Mormon Church to make it a four fold mission, which is: To care for the poor and needy.

Everything that is done in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints falls under these four points:

    1. To Proclaim the Gospel
    2. To Perfect the Saints
    3. To Redeem the dead
    4. To Care for the Poor and Needy

Proclaiming the Gospel: Proclaiming the gospel is mainly and formally done by the young missionaries that volunteer two years of their time, if they are male or if they female they volunteer for eighteen months. These young men and women are sent all over the world where they spend all their time in this endeavor.

To Perfect the Saints: Perfecting the saints is an aspect of the mission of the Mormon Church that takes place in congregations all over the world where members attend church services each Sunday where they have the opportunity to give service to each other. The service that is given is to help all members of the Mormon Church to grow in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are programs that have been created that facilitate this for young children, youth, young adults, and adults.

To Redeem the Dead: The most significant part of redeeming the dead is done in Mormon Temples all over the world. Many members of the Mormon Church are in engaged in this effort not only in the Mormon Temples, but also in the Family History programs of the Church. Family history  or genealogy is the effort to identify ancestors who have not received the saving ordinances of baptism.

To Care for the Poor and Needy: The Mormon Church has a welfare program that not only takes care of its own members that are in need, but also gives aid to other countries who may need assistance because of natural disasters.

All aspects of the mission of the Mormon Church has one purpose and this to help all to come unto Jesus Christ.

Five Guiding Truths To Fully Understand This Blog

Jesus-Christ

Everything that is read on this blog should be read in the context of the following five truths about the Mormon Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints):

  1. The Mormon Church is a Christian Church.
  2. The Mormon Church embraces Jesus Christ as the Savior.
  3. The Mormon Church believes all that the Bible teaches about Christ’s birth, life, ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection.
  4. The Mormon Church believes that the Church Christ established fell away from the truths that He taught and had to be brought back.
  5. The Mormon Church believes that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormon Church) is the latter-day restoration of Christ’s ancient Church.

In the context of these five truths everything that is shared on this blog will be more meaningful and will be understood in the right way.

This blog, “A Mormon Blog” is focused on sharing the core message of the Mormon Church and is not a blog that will have posts about speculative/questionable doctrines and issues.