On Sunday afternoon when I pulled into the parking lot of the Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder Day Saints (LDS) the plain “A” frame type building with a steeple; made partly of red brick was not what I had expected and at one point questioned if I was indeed at the LDS church, It looked a bit different than ones I have seen in the past, but as I walked towed the entrance I saw the church name in large letters to the left of the door. Entering the building was a foyer or entrance hall that consisted of offices, a seating area, and a few pictures on the wall. There were other halls and other doors leading into what I found later were the different meeting rooms for the woman, men, and children. This church had a kitchen, basket ball court, and banquette area. As the service was about to begin I followed the others into the chapel, where there were pews, a stage, an organ, a table, and a podium.
The chapel was plain and unornamented, which is significant to their beliefs. The chapel was a pretty good size and looked to seat at least 250 people and possibly more if the accordion style doors leading to the court were opened during services. The pews, which are assigned to the normal congregation, faced the stage that consisted of chairs that faced the congregation. The podium faced the congregation and was centered between the pews for the congregation and the stage. The stage seated the bishop, guest speakers, and some elders. To the left of the stage and on my right was a medium sized table for the bread and water that is used during sacrament.
The elders are typically an extension of the priesthood. Elders are granted responsibilities, duties, and privileges and must be found worthy to be ordained an Elder before ...
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...ther and feed the hungry. Their crops were not just a means for them but for anyone in need. Of all the things I witnessed about the Mormon people and although I do not agree with some of their beliefs or practices, their crops and orchards was a magnificent idea and just goes to show what can and should be done to feed the poor without asking for anything in return. I use the term was, as the USDA regulating and restricting forced a complete shut down all LDS farms and orchards and can no longer give or ship food worldwide to those in need.
Kraemer, Ross Sheppard. "2." Women & Christian origins. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. 15-16. Print.
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