Never been inside an LDS meetinghouse before? That’s okay! Here is a brief tour of what a typical meetinghouse looks like. To find the one nearest to you, click here. Visitors are always welcomed! Here is a fantastic page about what to expect at a church service.
This is typically what the exterior of the buildings look like:
The congregations, or wards, are organized demographically. This makes it so you attend church meetings with your neighbors. This strengthens community relationships, and makes visiting each other much easier and more convenient. Each meeting house accommodates several wards, each with an assigned block schedule.
In the chapel we attend our Sacrament meeting. This hour long meeting consists of short talks given by members of the ward on various gospel principles. Each meeting begins and ends with song and prayer, and occasionally a special musical number is performed by ward members. The highlight of the meeting is the Sacrament itself. More commonly referred to as the Communion, bread and water is blessed and passed to the congregation each week. Anyone is invited to receive it. In addition to remembering, and reflecting on the atoning sacrifice of the Savior of the world, members re-commit themselves to promises made during baptism.
“And the church did meet together oft, to fast and to pray, and to speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls. And they did meet together oft to partake of bread and wine, in remembrance of the Lord Jesus.” -Moroni 6:5-6 (Book of Mormon)
Sunday School classes at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are tailored to specific age groups. Each year the curriculum rotates between books of scripture (Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants). Classes are also available for visitors and new members.
A baptismal font can be found in most LDS chapels. We believe that when we are baptized, we are following the example of Jesus Christ, as He was baptized.
“And now, if the Lamb of God, he being holy, should have need to be baptized by water, to fulfil all righteousness, O then, how much more need have we, being unholy, to be baptized, yea, even by water!” -2 Nephi 31:5 (Book of Mormon)
Those being baptized wear white clothes, symbolizing the cleansing effect of baptism. When a person is baptized, the ordinance/ceremony is performed by one having the proper Priesthood authority. The person is briefly, and completely submerged in the water.
“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” -Romans 6:4
When we are baptized, we make a covenant/promise with God. We take upon ourselves the name of Christ, promise to always remember Him, and keep His commandments. In turn, God promises His Spirit (The Holy Ghost) to always be with us.
Cultural Hall/Recreation Area
Each building is complete with a room for activity, whether it be for sports or social gatherings.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have.