It’s here again! The annual event has arrived once again when Church leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will gather in Salt Lake City to instruct Church members and the world as a whole. Members and non-members alike are invited to listen to or watch services. If you have cable TV, you can watch General Conference on BYU TV. The entire conference will also steam live on LDS.org.
The Mormon Newsroom, the official news source of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, recently released a new video on their website that describes the Mormon Church as a Christ-centered, global faith. This is about as summed up as you can get, but a perfect way to introduce people unfamiliar with the Church to some of the basics. Enjoy!
The semi-annual event has arrived once again when Mormons around the world will spend a weekend receiving instruction and counsel from Church leaders, broadcast from Salt Lake City, UT on October 5 and 6. Members and non-members alike are invited to listen to or watch services. If you have cable TV, you can watch General Conference on BYU TV. The entire conference will also steam live on LDS.org.
A typical Mormon meetinghouseA visitor to the site recently asked, “can non-Mormons attend Mormon worship services?” This is a great question. Whether it’s the Mormon Church or any other church, people often wonder if they are invited to attend.
The answer is, yes! Visitors are always welcome to attend regular church worship services held (in most parts of the world) each Sunday. Meeting times vary depending on the location, but you can find a local meetinghouse and time here: mormon.org/meetinghouse.
What Should You Expect?
It’s totally normal to feel a little uneasy when visiting a new place for the first time. My experience has been that Mormons are warm and welcoming, and simply excited to have a new visitor in their midst. If you decide to attend a Mormon worship service, hopefully you’ll feel the same way.
A typical worship service on Sunday consists of 3 separate meetings.
Sacrament Meeting: This is the main worship service. But don’t expect to hear a preacher speaking at the pulpit here—the Mormon Church has a lay ministry and sermons (referred to as talks) are usually given by members of the congregation each week. We also partake of the sacrament (aka communion) in remembrance of Jesus Christ.
Sunday School: During this meeting, members meet in different Sunday School classes depending on their age. Children attend primary, young adults attend separate classes based on their age, and adults meet together. Topic discussed are about the gospel of Jesus Christ and may be on any of several Christian topics found in the Bible or Book of Mormon.
Priesthood and Relief Society: For the last meeting, the men and women separate for different lessons and instruction. Men, of which all worthy males hold the priesthood, attend a meeting to discuss the gospel of Jesus Christ and learn how to better fulfill their duties as husbands, fathers, brothers and sons. The women of the Church are part of the largest women’s organization in the world, called the Relief Society. They discuss the gospel of Jesus Christ and receive instruction on how to be the best mothers, wives, sisters and daughters.
For me, attending worship services each week is a great way to take a break from this crazy world and gain a better perspective. Learning about God and Jesus Christ, and hearing from other members teach and share their personal experiences really helps strengthen me for the week ahead.
Have you attended a Mormon worship service before? Tell us about it in the comments below.
LDS General Conference concluded on Sunday April 7th. It was a spiritually rewarding two-day conference. The prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thomas S. Monson, along with each of the Twelve Apostles and other Church leaders, delivered short 5 to 15 minute sermons about various gospel topics.
As a Mormon, and as a Christian, I really look forward to General Conference every 6 months. With all the constant barrage of evil in this world, with all the temptations, it’s such a relief to take a weekend and focus on God and the important things in life. The messages shared are inspiring and uplifting. Furthermore, I know that God has indeed called prophets and apostles in our day. They speak the words of God. I would encourage you to read or listen to their words by visiting gc.LDS.org.
Did you watch General Conference? What were your thoughts and feelings?