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Posted Sep 7, '11 at 8:43am

MostlyToastly

MostlyToastly

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What kind of things do you do when you go to church?

I assume you're talking about the church services like Testimony and Sacrament, not Sunday School.
Well, in Sacrament(which is every Sunday) the services start with a prayer, then the bishop talks, then there's more prayer, we sing some hymns, some other people get called up and they talk, and more prayer, and more talking...what exactly we're praying or talking about depends on the day, it could be anything. Also on Sacrament meetings, we do the Sacrament. It's like Communion in the Catholic Church, the deacons pass around bread and water(instead of wine because little kids drink it) and we drink it and eat it and say some more prayers and quote some more verses from the Bible and Book of Mormon.
Testimony is on the first Sunday of every month. Basically, anyone who wants to can go up and talk. But they can't talk about just anything, it's usually something like, "My name is ___ and I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I believe in __ because __." But you'd be surprised how many people talk about random weird stuff during Testimony meetings. There was even a guy once who went up there and started advertising to us "Buy silver! Buy silver!" and usually the bishop politely tells those people(and the really long-winded people as well) to sit down.

 

Posted Sep 7, '11 at 8:57am

Jefferysinspiration

Jefferysinspiration

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some other people get called up and they talk

Is this like the readings in Catholic mass, or what do the people talk about at this point?

 

Posted Sep 7, '11 at 9:13am

MostlyToastly

MostlyToastly

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Is this like the readings in Catholic mass, or what do the people talk about at this point?

*Googles Catholic mass readings*
As far as I can tell, mass readings are where you read a specific verse and then talk about it...? Correct me if I'm wrong, because I really did just go to Dr. Google. xP
But in Sacrament, the bishop usually gives the person a topic, like Sacrament, or what you did on your mission(not just proselytizing mission, there are other missions like the Bishop's Storehouses and the genealogical records and whatnot), or comparing their life/our lives to the life/lives of people who live around the world or in different times. Things like that.

And anyone who wants to can go and observe Sacrament and Testimony meetings if they want to, you don't have to be a member of the church to attend.

 

Posted Sep 7, '11 at 9:48am

Bladerunner679

Bladerunner679

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There was even a guy once who went up there and started advertising to us "Buy silver! Buy silver!" and usually the bishop politely tells those people(and the really long-winded people as well) to sit down.

I've heard wierder ones. the people in my ward are so off that one of our members calls it the "jerry springer ward". one lady went crazy and started spewing a bunch of bible verses. I actually thought she was going to pull out a crucifix and say "by Jesus christ, I rebuke you".

 

Posted Sep 7, '11 at 10:36am

Jefferysinspiration

Jefferysinspiration

3,127 posts

Ah, so it is different than Catholic readings.
Sounds pretty nice though - people talking about their mission and that.

 

Posted Sep 8, '11 at 1:57pm

Hypermnestra

Hypermnestra

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What is a Bishop's Storehouse?

 

Posted Sep 8, '11 at 6:52pm

Bladerunner679

Bladerunner679

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What is a Bishop's Storehouse?

in the most basic form, the storehouse holds everything the bishop's ward has donated. he holds on to it until a family in the ward is in need or when there is a natural disaster and many families are affected.

 

Posted Sep 8, '11 at 7:38pm

MostlyToastly

MostlyToastly

102 posts

in the most basic form, the storehouse holds everything the bishop's ward has donated. he holds on to it until a family in the ward is in need or when there is a natural disaster and many families are affected.

You're thinking of something else...those do exist, but the Bishop's Storehouses are different.
The Bishop's(or Lord's) Storehouses are stores with food, clothes, and other basic amenities. They are all provided by volunteer LDS farmers, local storeowners, etc., and the Storehouses themselves are staffed by volunteer LDS Church members. Items at the Bishop's Storehouses are sold for very low prices to families that cannot afford things at regular grocery stores. You do not have to be LDS to shop at a Bishop's Storehouse, but there is a maximum salary for people to shop there(I'm not sure what it is).

I've heard wierder ones. the people in my ward are so off that one of our members calls it the "jerry springer ward". one lady went crazy and started spewing a bunch of bible verses. I actually thought she was going to pull out a crucifix and say "by Jesus christ, I rebuke you".

Lol.

Sounds pretty nice though - people talking about their mission and that.

Well, it's not just that. Often, people quote things from the Bible/Book of Mormon or tell parables/fables, etc.

 

Posted Sep 14, '11 at 1:40pm

Hypermnestra

Hypermnestra

1,283 posts

So what's the organization of the church? Like you've already mentioned deacons and elders, and I know that those mean different things in the LDS Church than they do in other churches.

 

Posted Sep 14, '11 at 6:20pm

Bladerunner679

Bladerunner679

1,343 posts

in this order of the priesthood:

deacons (12)
teachers (14)
Priests (16)
elders (18)
high priest (when you prove worthy to become one after you become an elder)

thats really all that the organization is in a ward.

 
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