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What to Expect at Church Services


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What to Expect at Church Services
Latter-day Saints welcome all visitors to their worship services, and for individuals visiting for the first time, the following information might be helpful.
Along with activities and programs during the week, Latter-day Saints gather on Sundays for an approximately hour-long “sacrament” meeting, where men, women and younger members offer prayers and give sermons, sing hymns and partake of the sacrament (similar to receiving communion). In addition, there are doctrinal and scriptural classes for youth and adults as part of the three-hour span.

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