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Vocabulary

12.05.2009

If you are not familiar with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (or Mormon) faith, you may see a few terms here that unfamilair. This is a resource for figuring out what in the world I am talking about!


Family Home Evening: Also called Family Night or abbreviated FHE.

In April 27, 1915 President Joseph F. Smith encouraged a church-wide practice of a weekly "Family Home Evening". This refers to one evening per week, usually Monday, that families are encouraged to spend together in study, prayer and other wholesome activities. For most LDS families, Family Home Evening includes a game or fun activity, treats, and a short lesson. The responsibilities for each are often rotated among family members, so that even the youngest may be assisted in presenting a short lesson or devotional on a given topic.

Mormon: A slang term for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Latter Day Saints: An abbreviated term for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Also abbreviated further as LDS.

Ward: What members of the LDS faith call their congregation.

Primary Children's Songbook: Abbreviated as PCS. A songbook used by the LDS church with music for children.

Hymn #: Refers to song number in the standard LDS Hymnal.

Scriptures: Members of the LDS faith use this term to refer to the Bible, Book of Mormon and the Doctrine & Covenants/Pearl of Great Price. Each part is explained below.

Bible: Members of the LDS faith read from the King James Version (KJV) of the Holy Bible

Book of Mormon: A sacred set of scripture which is a record of ancient people living at the time of Christ on the American Continent. It supports and adds testimony to the Bible as a witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is a translation of Ancient records, much like the Bible.

Doctrine and Covenants: A book of scripture which contains many revelations on numerous topics, most of which were recorded by LDS Prophet, Joseph Smith.

Pearl of Great Price: A selection of materials touching many significant aspects of the faith and doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Latter Day Prophet: Refers to Prophets and Presidents of the LDS church, starting with Joseph Smith. Today's current LDS prophet is Thomas S. Monson.

Sacrament Meeting: One of three meetings attended by members of the LDS faith during weekly worship services. During this meeting church members partake of the Sacrament in remembrance of Jesus Christ and to renew covenants made at baptism.

Primary: The main children's organization with the LDS church. For children ages 4-11 years of age.

Nursery: Part of the Primary organization which only consists of children ages 18 months-3 years.

Missionaries: Most LDS missionaries are single young men and women in their early twenties and are assigned to a mission of the church which is usually far from the missionary's home. Missionaries do not receive a salary for the work they undertake, and most are financially supported by themselves or their families.

Temples: Within temples, members of the Church perform sacred ordinances, by proxy, for deceased relatives. Couples are also married for eternity in LDS Temples in a ceremony called a Sealing.

Calling: There is no paid clergy in the LDS faith, instead church members take on volunteer assignments, referred to as callings, and work together to teach each other and strengthen the church.

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