The Unauthorized Investigator's Guide to
The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints

Lesson 5


The Missionaries Will Teach...

Members of the Church are blessed with the opportunity to serve others.  In fact, part of the covenant you make when you are baptized is to perform service.  This entails understanding the physical and spiritual needs of others, and giving of your time, energy, and money to help them.  Jesus said that when you are in the service of your fellow human beings you are in the service of God.  Jesus came to earth to serve others, and it should be our goal to become like Him.

Soon after baptism, new members receive "callings" from their priesthood leaders.  A calling is a specific responsibility in the Church.  All of the work done in the church is voluntary and nobody is paid for the service they perform.  After members have accepted a calling, the calling is announced in  Church meeting and the members present are given the opportunity to sustain and pledge support to the person in his or her calling.  We are also given a special priesthood blessing and set apart for the callings we accept.  The Church needs the talents and abilities of everybody to perform a wide variety of callings.  We should accept the callings we are offered and work hard to be successful in these duties. Faithfully performing the duties of our callings helps us to grow in faith, increases our talents, and gives us many other blessings.

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