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Things I learned as a Mormon Bishop

Editor: I hope readers of this blog will take these observations with the purpose they were intended — To help members in their own lives and also to help them understand some things from a Mormon Bishop’s perspective.

For those who are not LDS (Latter-day Saints) aka Mormons and read this – here is some background information at the following link about what is a Mormon Bishop, what they do, what are some of their responsibilities, etc.: Mormon Bishop.  Bishops have regular full-time jobs/professions. Serving as a Bishop usually requires a weekly time commitment of 20-30 hours per week – sometimes even more than that. Usually Bishops serve several years – a very common time length is about 5 years. They are not paid by the Church or congregation so the sacrifice required and expected is very, very significant. This service is given very willingly at great personal and family sacrifice. Bishops willingly do this because of the love they have for the Lord, for the love and charity they have for Gods children and for doing what is asked. Being a Bishop can be very stressful, demanding, tiring, never-ending, etc. But it is very rewarding in the feelings you get while helping and serving others and the unique position you are in to help change peoples lives.

The following is from a talk I gave upon my release as a Bishop over a decade ago. I served for almost 5 years for a Ward (congregation) of 400+ members with average Sunday attendance of 200+.

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Differences between Mormons and Evangelicals

I came across this great article talking about the differences between Mormons and Evangelicals. I highly recommend reading it. It can be found here: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700201923/LDS-Christianity-Differences-that-matter.html.

Also – included in the article is a nice graphic showing some of the major differences. Link

ps I believe that both groups are Christians. Both believe in Jesus Christ and that He is our Savior and Redeemer. We might have differences, but we actually have a lot more in common (esp from a values standpoint) than we realize.

LDS (aka Mormon) Church Growth by Stake

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