Going to Church

 

A Welcoming Site

A Welcoming Site

I hear the phrase often that I am going to church.  What that means varies by individuals and by religions.  To some this entails Sunday worship for a few hours.  As the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not have a paid ministry, everyone is expected to participate either by teaching or serving.  As a member, I have learned that going to church involves more than merely the geography of my body.  God declared, “And now, behold, I give unto you a commandment, that when ye are assembled together ye shall instruct and edify each other” (Doctrine and Covenants 43:8) When I find myself merely going to church quite unprepared, it is less effective in getting the gospel “inside me.” Thus I become a “taker’ rather than a “giver”. I can prepare for Church by pre-reading lessons, accepting any calling to serve and giving my best quote-oaks-1173097-gallery[1]effort.  As one of my goals is to develop more Christ-like attributes, it is imperative that I don’t regard my church-going casually, rather being fully engaged in the process of seeking, learning, and participating. When I am prepared to learn and serve, then my going to church will cause my soul to grow. Have you had any similar experiences?

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