What to Expect
All Visitors are Welcome
Whether you are Mormon or not, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints welcomes all to visit and worship in our Sunday services. We do not solicit donations or pass a plate. Neither is there required participation from visitors; you can simply sit and enjoy the service.
Our primary family worship service is called sacrament meeting. This meeting is held in our chapels on Sunday and lasts approximately one hour. You are welcome to come alone or to bring your family; children are usually present in all our congregations.
A typical meeting would consist of the following:
Hymns: Religious songs sung by the congregation (hymn books are provided).
Prayers: Offered by local Church members.
Partaking of the sacrament (communion): The sacrament consists of prepared bread and water, which is blessed and passed to members of the congregation by priesthood holders.
Speakers: Typically a meeting will have two or three assigned speakers.
Visitors are also welcome to attend other Sunday meetings that precede or follow sacrament meeting:
- Primary meetings consist of a group service and age-oriented classes for children 3 through 11 years of age. A nursery is available for young children, ages 18 months to 3 years.
- Sunday School classes are offered for each age-group, beginning with 12 year olds.
- Young Women meetings provide classes for those 12 through 17 years of age.
- Relief Society meeting is for women, ages 18 years and older.
- Priesthood meetings provide age-oriented classes for males 12 years and older.
Sacrament meetings and other meetings may be conducted in differing sequences, depending on the preference of local leaders. The
Those who attend will most likely be wearing their "Sunday best," which may include suits, sport coats, and ties for the men and dresses or skirts for the women. Children also typically dress up for Sunday.
Our local congregations are called wards (or branches). The spiritual leader of each ward is called the bishop (or the branch president for branches). He is a member of the congregation who has been asked to serve as a volunteer in this position. Because we don't have paid clergy, all Church service is voluntary.