Can a non-member go to a Latter-day Saint church in Oakland?
This article was contributed by a local member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The views expressed may not represent the views and positions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For the Church's official site, visit churchofjesuschrist.org.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints welcomes all guests. Every chapel holds a proud, “Visitors Welcome,” at the very entrance. And we mean it! Most chapels to have an assigned greeter to welcome any new friends and help you feel comfortable. The Oakland chapels are open to every man and woman alike.
Within the Oakland Area there are currently 8 different congregations which meet, held in 6 different languages. Visitors are welcome to join any of these groups.
Did you know?
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints prefer not to be called “mormons” anymore? The term “mormon” is a nickname comes from a book of scripture called “The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Christ.” Learn more.
The word Mormon is fine to use in proper names, like the Book of Mormon, or in historical expressions like the Mormon Trail. But we ask that you refer to us as “Latter-day Saints” or “members of the restored Church of Jesus Christ.”
Talk to a Missionary
Missionaries can answer many questions regarding religion and faith. There are missionaries within the Oakland area that gladly help anyone with questions regarding faith.
Missionaries choose to give service to the church to help invite others to participate. They are often young adults ages 18-30 from all over the world. They serve for the space of 18-24 months, and are assigned to an area in which they serve others and invite them to come learn more about Christ.
Local missionaries in your area can let you know the time and location of local mormon church services. In addition, they can explain what happens during church and how you can participate.
Though Latter-Day Saints are very welcoming in church services and activities, only members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are allowed into the majestic temples.
Due to the sacredness of what takes place inside, the Oakland Temple is only open to those who have made certain promises with God. To a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints the temples are the holiest place on earth, and thus need to be protected.
You’re invited to gather with us to sing hymns, hear sermons, and learn more about the Savior, Jesus Christ. Church service times and schedules vary from congregation to congregation. However, you can always count on a similar format—one main meeting for everyone and one other class separated by age groups or general interests.
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