Fast Sunday – September 6th, 2009 – (As Well As Lesson Reminders)   Leave a comment

Hello Brethren,

Sunday September 6th, 2009 Is Fast Sunday, and is the date of which we will begin our new schedule for services; As follows;

Sacrament Meeting: 10:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m.
Priesthood / R.Soc.: 11:10 a.m. to 12:00 noon  (Including Young Men, Young Women)
Sunday School Class: 12:10 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Real Quick reminders:

Priesthood / Relief Society :First Presidency Message For September “The Influence of Righteous Women”

Gospel Doctrines: Lesson 31: “Sealed … for Time and for All Eternity”

Perhaps Everyone, if unable to read over their class lessons or study guides, we could at least ensure we bring our materials, i.e. Scriptures, Class Member Study Guides / Ensigns (When appropriate). When we all go over the materials, or at least bring them, it makes our classroom experience more pleasant as we all will have the opportunity to read and participate in the classes. This is always helpful! Thanks!

(Courtesy Newsroom Blog)

The Church’s Unpaid Clergy
Posted By Doug Andersen

Personal sacrifice is vital to the religious faith of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Members volunteer their time to serve in various positions in tens of thousands of congregations throughout the world. Their service is critical at the local level because the Church has no full-time paid clergy.

A recent article in the Hattiesburg American profiles one such leader, a bishop in one of 44 Mormon congregations in Mississippi.

Bishop Randall Silas, like other bishops, was selected locally, approved by the First Presidency in Salt Lake City and sustained by his congregation in Hattiesburg.

“Of all that I have to do, the key responsibilities are to love the members and to teach them to love the Lord,” Silas said. “My goal is to get the teachings of the Savior into the lives of the people.”

Bishops are supported by two assistants and a myriad of administrative and teaching staff. All contribute their time and energy without compensation.

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Church’s Quorum of Twelve Apostles spoke on the concept of an unpaid volunteer ministry:

“The Lord in His infinite wisdom has designed His Church to operate with a lay ministry. That means we have been charged to watch over one another and to serve one another. We are to love one another as our Father in Heaven and the Lord Jesus Christ love us. Our callings and circumstances change from time to time, providing us with different and unique opportunities to serve and to grow.”

In addition to serving in the Church, bishops have their own careers and families to look after. While there is no stipulated period of service, it is common for a bishop to serve his congregation for about five years, at which time he returns to the body of the congregation or is assigned another responsibility elsewhere such as teaching a youth class, helping others find employment or even directing a choir.


Posted September 6, 2009 by rexfordgbeardsleyjr in Uncategorized

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