From 10:40 am
At The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
205 Lacewood Dr 205 Lacewood Dr, Halifax, NS
Guide for Guests: This Sacrament Meeting is the first meeting in a three-hour block of meetings each Sunday. The purpose of the meeting is to partake of the bread and water in remembrance of Jesus Christ’s great sacrifice. His blood was shed, his body broken, as he gave his life for the redemption of all mankind. Visitors are welcome to partake of these emblems, or not partake. There are hymns, prayers, and speakers. This is a family congregation with people of all ages. There are several families with young children. Dress is Sunday best. There is no collection of money during the services. There is no clapping during the meeting. There is no smoking, nor alcoholic beverages, permitted on the premises. After the sacrament meeting members go to Sunday School classes so there is not a meal. However, visitors are invited to have light refreshments.
Our Community: We believe The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not a new church, but a restoration of the church that Jesus Christ established when He lived on the earth. It was formally organized in April of 1830 in upstate New York. Missionaries came to the Maritimes shortly after but many who joined the church eventually migrated to the valley of the Great Salt Lake with the main body of the church. In the 1920s missionary work began again in this area. Today there are 15 million members worldwide, with about 8500 in Atlantic Canada. In Nova Scotia there are 13 congregations, with five of them in HRM. The chapel on Lacewood Drive was built about 1980. The first Mormon temple in Atlantic Canada was dedicated in November of 1999 in Dartmouth.
The Church today is led by apostles and prophets, with headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Book of Mormon, a second witness of Jesus Christ, is studied, along with the Bible. It was translated from an ancient record of peoples who migrated from Jerusalem to the North American continent in Old Testament times.
We believe that there is a God in heaven and that the human family lived with Him in a premortal existence. We are all God’s children. He loves us and has prepared a plan whereby through His Son, Jesus Christ, and with the blessings of the Holy Ghost, we will enjoy blessings beyond this mortal life. These blessings include an immortal, glorious, resurrected body for all mankind and the opportunity to return to our Heavenly Father’s presence as eternal families for those who have faith in Jesus Christ and are obedient to the conditions of His gospel.
The Church of Jesus Christ is a tithe-paying church so there is no money collection at meetings. Members give ten percent of their income which provides the funding to build chapels and temples, print scriptures, etc. Members live a health code called The Word of Wisdom, which includes abstaining from alcohol, tea and coffee, smoking, and drugs, and eating healthy foods.
Being involved in service in their communities, helping those in need, working together with those of other faiths, or no faith are all important and encouraged. Once a month members fast for two meals and donate the money saved to help the poor and needy, locally or globally. The Church is very involved with humanitarian work throughout the world, often in partnership with other organizations. Humanitarian efforts include emergency relief and disaster assistance, Clean Water initiatives, Maternal and Newborn Care, Vision Care, Immunization, Food Production, provision of wheelchairs. In the past thirty years LDS Charities has provided help to millions of people in 185 countries.