A ward is a local congregation in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church)–with a smaller local congregation known as a branch. A ward is presided over by a bishop, the equivalent of a pastor in many other Christian denominations.
What is the proper name for the Mormon Church?
The official name of the Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The full name was given by revelation from God to Joseph Smith in 1838. In the first reference, the full name of the Church is preferred: “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
What is forbidden in Mormonism?
In their daily lives, Saints follow a set of health guidelines Joseph Smith received from God in 1833 called the Word of Wisdom. As interpreted today, this code states that Mormons should abstain from coffee and tea, alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs.
Do stake presidents get paid?
Stake Presidents, in charge of roughly a dozen congregations, are not paid either. Missionaries are not paid and neither are members for the work they do in their volunteer “callings,” which may range from setting up chairs to overseeing all the adult women in the ward.