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What Do You Mormons Do?

Updated on November 22, 2016

An LDS Temple

Mount Timpanogos Temple in American Fork, Utah.  It is one of 155 worldwide.
Mount Timpanogos Temple in American Fork, Utah. It is one of 155 worldwide. | Source

Community, Church, and Gospel

This Thanksgiving, now as in the past, our city will offer a free dinner of "turkey and all the trimmings" to anyone in the county.
This Thanksgiving, now as in the past, our city will offer a free dinner of "turkey and all the trimmings" to anyone in the county. | Source
LDS churches aren't just for Sundays.  The women meet, the youth meet, and the sponsored Boy Scout troop meets, as well as there are competitions in the church gymnasium.
LDS churches aren't just for Sundays. The women meet, the youth meet, and the sponsored Boy Scout troop meets, as well as there are competitions in the church gymnasium. | Source
"Enter ye in at the strait gate...Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.." (Matthew 7:13-14)
"Enter ye in at the strait gate...Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.." (Matthew 7:13-14) | Source

The Reply

Asked by a member of another religion, "What do Mormons do?" one bishop of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints (LDS) replied with these salient points:

Practicing LDS members attend three hours of their reiigious services each Sunday.

Members strive to keep the Sabbath Day holy.

Members follow a "Word Of Wisdom" (No Alcohol, Coffee. Tea, or Smoking)

Members tithe 10% or more of their increase.

Members have no payed ministry, even sharing the cleaning of their own houses of worship.

Members fast once a month and donate what they would have spent for those two meals to the needs of the poor and the needy. This is separate from their tithing.

Member homes are visited twice each month with a gospel message and attention to any special needs for assistance and sincere, concerned friendship.

Members help with service projects for other members and their communities.

Members set aside one evening each week to gather and share within each family.

Twice each year, in April and again in October, LDS members hold a worldwide conference to be taught and share 10 hours of singing and instruction from their prophet, apostles, and other general authorities.

Some service projects include administering the Sacrament and priesthood blessings to shut-ins, the sick, and the aged; providing wedding and funeral receptions, helping members with moving, cleaning, and clearing snow or debris.

Many members also attend their local temple frequently.

As a result of all these activities, this LDS bishop tells non-members, "It's a miracle anybody joins this church...but they do; and at a time when other churches may have declining numbers of members, we have one of the fastest growing churches in the world with 16 million members here and around the world."

He adds: "We seek to be in the world, but not of the world."

The LDS Conference Center

All 10,000 seats have unobstructed views of the front of the Center. where the LDS Prophet, General Authorities, and the Tabernacle  Choir sit.
All 10,000 seats have unobstructed views of the front of the Center. where the LDS Prophet, General Authorities, and the Tabernacle Choir sit. | Source

Testing Your Knowledge

Of the points mentioned by this LDS bishop, how many were you already familiar with?

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Bonus Question

Did you know that more than half of LDS members are citizens of countries other than America?

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    • Oztinato profile image

      Oztinato 5 months ago from Australia

      I have great respect for the LDS.

      However it has to be said that Romney's recent shameless crawling to Donald has done irreparable damage to the LDS church overnight. After saying one thing (the truth that Donald is a hypocrite) Romney has done an about face and embraced the same hypocrite.

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      Patricia Scott 5 months ago from sunny Florida

      Have in my family those who embraced the Mormon church and their teachings so know a bit, but just a bit. Each of us seek to find our spiritual guidance in ways that are meaningful for us.

      Thanks for sharing this with us.

      And best wishes for a lovely Thanksgiving.

      Angels are headed your way this morning. ps

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      Demas W Jasper 5 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Ozinato - LDS members are expected to pray for their leaders (and their enemies.) The election is over. Hypocrisy would be to believe one thing and do the opposite. What would it mean to pray for the President-elect but not be willing to help him make the wise and righteous choices you are praying he will make?

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      Demas W Jasper 5 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      pstraubie48 - Best of wishes to you and yours as we enter another glorious holiday season. May God's angels hover around you and keep you safe and involved in furthering His kingdom here on Earth.

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      MizBejabbers 5 months ago

      My husband joined the church and stayed in about a year. I didn't join because I have my own belief system, but I enjoyed attending with him and I loved the friends we made in the church. The problem: This church had a very controlling bishop who assigned him to be in charge of the genealogy department for the next year. Mr. B explained to him that he had been a broadcast engineer, and he had little spelling ability and no knowledge of office filing systems. He had always had secretaries to do his clerical work in the corporations he worked for. He could design a radio station but he could not keep records or organization. I also tried to tell the bishop that my husband could not do the job, but he kept saying "oh yes, you can." This man was retired military officer and wasn't used to people saying "no". His assigning my husband to this task would have been equivalent to ordering me to design a skyscraper. We felt like this wasn't God speaking; this was a man's ego. Mr. B left the church and never looked back.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MizBejabbers - That was an unfortunate situation and might not have reached the stage it did, had the calling been better explained before it devolved. By and large the LDS genealogical records are computerized, and calling him to head the local ward's program (usually something a couple take on) did not involve files as much as learning to use the computerized system and helping others to learn to use it.

      Have you two delved into your own families' family trees?

      A cousin of mine (2nd cousin, 3 times removed) sent us a lot of help, including all the different family names (Brown, Smith, Jones, etc.) he found we are related to by birth and marriages.

      Genealogy can be a lot of fun, once the basic "navigation" skills have been learned, and that is what LDS genealogists spend most of their time helping members do.

      I can only hope that his bishop's inspiration led his bishop to believe that the calling would benefit the two of you as much as it would your friends there.

      The precious gift of agency (your freedom to choose and make your own decisions) is something even bishops can not interfere with, and all LDS members cherish that gift, especially every bishop in his heart of hearts.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MizBejabbers - I hasten to add that the LDS Church does not seek to question or take away your belief system, but rather to add to it those LDS truths and understandings you choose to accept. Anyone is welcome to attend LDS services and functions. Whether or not they partake of the Sacrament offerings is a matter for their own conscience to resolve.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      On www.FamilySearch.org you can find a Family Search history center near you with great expert help. Could you contact them, and I am sure they can tell you more about Family Search and the church programs. A Booklet they have, "My Fanily," could help you get started in doing something fun. I am going to email a link to you I know you will enjoy watching. Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      The Fan Mail email accepted that I was not a robot but then provided no way to "Send" the email, so here's the gist of it:

      Here is the video link and I believe it will bring knowing, sympathetiic smiles to the two of you: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2016/10/o-h...

      If you are uncertain how to watch it you can let me know

      Demas

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      kbdressman 5 months ago from Harlem, New York

      Oztinato, Mitt Romney hasn't done an about face. He raised his warning voice during the election, and now that the time for campaigning is over he knows that the best thing we can do is to continue to work together for the good of the future of the country. Anyone who is speaking out against Trump selecting Mitt for Secretary of State is afraid that he won't be loyal. They have that fear because they know that he hasn't changed his mind about how he feels about Trump's character and campaign. However, they are wrong in thinking that Mitt would not be loyal to his country in addition to his values. We need good men around Trump to keep things on track. I pray the best of men will have the humility to be willing to work with him as that's what's best for all of us at this point.

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      kbdressman 5 months ago from Harlem, New York

      Great hub! Another interesting thing that could be added to this list would be the humanitarian programs and fast offerings. I think a core part of our beliefs is in relieving suffering, serving others and building up those around us, whether they are members of the LDS church or not!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      kbdressman - You must have missed this section: "Members fast once a month and donate what they would have spent for those two meals to the needs of the poor and the needy. This is separate from their tithing." We could add that the welfare program has extended in the past to such things as starvation in Ethiopia, and the Katrina Flooding, the hurriance damage in New Jersey, etc.

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      kbdressman 5 months ago from Harlem, New York

      Sorry Perspycacious! I saw the fast bit, but missed the donate bit. I think I skipped a line by mistake. :-( Clearly I need more sleep!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      kbdressman - That's a common complaint of medical students, even during the holidays. Happy holidays!

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      Demas W Jasper 4 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Merry Christmas everyone!

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      Oztinato 4 months ago from Australia

      Utah voted trump despite romneys real warnings.

      Romney has caved in to very basic political expediency.

      The whole result is an indictment upon Utah and now on romney.

      He has crawled back to a tyrant in the making and exhibited hypocrisy.

      As the Mormons themselves say "if it appears to be a sin it is the same as a sin".

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      Demas W Jasper 4 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Oztinato -Your comment is basically a repeat of your previous comment of three weeks ago. I believe in approving readers' comments, but in response I will simply refer you to my response to your previous comment, namely that Utah voters and Governor Romney are not hypocrites or caving in when they act on their beliefs. Thanks for stopping by again.

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      Oztinato 4 months ago from Australia

      Perspective

      I note you haven't responded to the LDS belief that what appears to be sin is the same as sin. Whatever you say can't change this.

      I also note that you haven't responded to the point about Utah voting for Donald even after romneys claim he was a con artist.

      It is dishonest to avoid responding to valid comments. It also "appears sinful".

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      Demas W Jasper 4 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I suspect that Utah's voters did as you did, namely they voted their conscience, and in their case their belief in their long cherished Republican majority values.

      Voting that a bad Re[publican (even a wishy, washy democrat turned Republican) was better than a power seeking, cover up, disbarred Democrat, seemingly above the law, and that by doing so Mr. Trump would hopefully gain enough votes from other Americans in key states that their Electoral College votes would somehow bring real change to the country and the White House in keeping with as many of their values as possible.

      Don't you think that there has been enough of pots calling kettles black without asserting that voters who voted for one candidate or the other were sinners for doing so?

      Contention ends here, as far as I am concerned, and I will pray for whoever the next president is. More than just praying for him or her, I will try my best to contribute as an American citizen to any righteous progress my country can make.

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      Oztinato 4 months ago from Australia

      Sorry but it doesn't make sense. Mormons voting for a foul mouthed misogynistic childish elitist labelled a fraud by their own chief political leader?? This paints a very hypocritical picture of LDS.

      It could take a generation to beging to repair the damage this has done to lds. For romney it's terminal to his standing as an ethical person.

      It's a disaster for lds. No wonder missionaries are told not to talk politics.

      I have lost nearly all respect for lds who I have previously defended. No more.

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