The Mormon Church Has a Lay Ministry

Mormon Prophet Thomas S. MonsonMany people often ask me if Mormon Church leaders, or clergy, are paid for their jobs in the church. The answer is they are not. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a lay ministry, meaning its leaders are not paid for their time and service.

From the highest leaders in the church to the local bishops (pastors) in each congregation, no one is paid for their service. While many church members pay regular tithes and offerings, these funds are used to build meeting houses, construct temples, provide disaster relief and other humanitarian funds, as well as many other things.

In addition to church leaders, many members of each congregation are given assignments to serve. For example, one person may lead the instruction of the children in Sunday School or another person may be in charge of the local youth program. Regardless of the assignment, no one is paid.

Why Don’t Mormon Leaders Receive Pay?

I suppose there are numerous reasons for this. One is the great blessing and reward that comes from serving others, even when no monetary benefit is involved. Serving others is what Jesus taught when he lived on the earth. Leaders of His church in His day, like Peter, didn’t receive pay, so why should we?

Personally, I feel like volunteering my time for whatever task is needed in the church is the least I can do to give back to God for all He’s given me. Great friendships are formed as we serve one another in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Mormon Scriptures

Mormon ScripturesDespite what you may have heard, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) read from the Holy Bible. The misconception that Mormons don’t read the Bible probably stems from the fact that they do read other sacred books and believe them to be scripture.

Below is a list of the formal Church canon of the Mormon Church along with a description about each:

The Holy Bible

Mormons read from the King James Version of the Bible, including both the Old Testament and New Testament. “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly” (see Articles of Faith 1:8). I am grateful for the Bible, particularly that we have an account of the life of Jesus Christ to help us learn from His teachings. Read More >>

Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. Just as the Bible witnesses of His divinity, the Book of Mormon stands as a second witness that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.

Mormon ScripturesWhile the Bible is a record of God’s dealings with the people of the old world (i.e., Jerusalem and that area) the Book of Mormon is a record of God’s dealings with the people of the ancient American continent. It contains stories of men and women doing their best to follow God and keep His commandments, just like the Bible. It also contains the record of the miraculous appearance of Jesus to the people after his death and resurrection. It is an amazing book that will strengthen your belief and faith in Jesus Christ. Read More >>

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Doctrine and Covenants

Both the Bible and the Book of Mormon are considered “ancient scripture” meaning they were written many centuries ago. The Doctrine and Covenants is different in that it is a modern record.

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Does the Mormon Church Believe Jesus Rose from the Dead?

This question comes from one of our visitors:

“Does the Mormon Church Believe Jesus Rose from the Dead?”

The answer to this question is “Yes!” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) believes in Jesus Christ and that He rose from the dead. Other people may have other terms for this, but we refer to it as the resurrection. Resurrection is when the body and the spirit will be reunited in perfect form.

A little over 10 years ago the leaders of the Mormon Church released an official statement of belief about Jesus Christ. In part, it says:

“We solemnly testify that His life, which is central to all human history, neither began in Bethlehem nor concluded on Calvary. He was the Firstborn of the Father, the Only Begotten Son in the flesh, the Redeemer of the world. He rose from the grave to “become the firstfruits of them that slept” (1 Corinthians 15:20).”

If you’d like to read more of this declaration you can by visiting this link: www.lds.org/study/living-christ.

If you have a question about what Mormons believe please visit our Ask a Question page.