The March 24th Molokai Island Times carried a story about a journalist’s first visit to an LDS Sunday service. Following are a few quotes from the article.
- “First there is a Sacrament Service, where everyone meets together and takes communion, remembering the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. However, in the LDS tradition, water is used instead of wine or grape juice. [My Mormon friend] Aunty Jeanette said they use water instead because the same type of wine that was used in the days of Jesus is no longer available.”
- “‘We come to know Christ through the prophet Joseph Smith,’ explained a young saint who was asked to speak. Strongly emphasized in the practice of LDS faith is the role of the prophet Joseph Smith, who is said to have, as a young American in the mid-19th Century, experienced visions of Christ.”
- “‘This is the only true and Holy Church,’ said church member Rosie Davis, who was asked to speak last Sunday.”
- “In recognition of Smith’s gift, Mormons sing songs that praise Smith’s role in revealing the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
- “Meyer gave an instruction [during Sunday school], comparing the lives of Joseph of Egypt, Joseph Smith and Jesus Christ – all of whom began their ministry at the age of 30.”
- “‘If we went to the temple everyday, there is so much to take out of the temple through the spirit,’ [LDS member and former High Priest Rod Felt] said.’ But we’re counseled not to share what we learn…if we share it, it will fall on deaf ears.’”
The journalist seems to have recognized the LDS worship service’s heavy emphasis on Joseph Smith. I’m glad he included that in his article. I think it’s interesting, too, that he chose to quote the last remark: Latter-day Saints are counseled against sharing the deeply spiritual teachings of the temple with non-Mormons. Wouldn’t any non-Mormon be puzzled by this? Mormons should not share what they learn?
It’s evident in this Molokai Island Times report that, while the name of Jesus crops up here and there, He is not the focus of a typical Sunday morning at the Mormon Church.