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Religion Library: Mormonism

Missions and Expansion

Written by: Stephen Taysom

The architecture of LDS chapels is similarly uniform. Architects at the Church's headquarters have a small variety of chapel plans from which to choose as they build meetinghouses throughout the world. This is not to say that the Church is insensitive to the needs and circumstances of congregations in varying localities and cultures. Prior to 1980, for example, Sunday meetings were spread throughout the day, with long breaks in between meetings. This model was based on the experience of the Church in areas dominated by Mormonism, areas in which members lived close to the chapels and could easily travel from home to the meetinghouse multiple times in a day.

In 1980, the Church introduced a new plan that called for a single three-hour block of meetings held back-to-back to more comfortably accommodate the growing number of Mormons living significant distances from their chapels. Similarly, the Church responded to the need for more temples by shifting away from their traditional course of building large temples in areas of relatively high Mormon concentration. In the 1990s, the Church began an aggressive building program to construct small temples in areas with sparse LDS membership in order to ease access for members far from population centers.

Study Questions:
1.     Why is Mormonism a proselytizing religion?
2.     What is the role of missionaries within Mormonism? Has it evolved over history?
3.     Explain the Mormonism understanding of correlation. Why is this important?
4.     How does correlation exist outside of text?


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