Mormon Glossary

Every organization or field of study has its own lingo; here are some terms I'm apt to use and what they mean in a Mormon frame of reference.  I've also included links where I thought they would be helpful.
..... = I'll fill this in as I find the time.

Apostles -- see also General Authorities, Prophets
When Jesus Christ was on the earth, he called twelve apostles (from a Greek word meaning "one sent forth") to lead His Church.  In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this order has been restored.  We generally refer to our apostles as "Elder [last name]", e.g. Elder Perry, Elder Holland, Elder Bednar.

Atonement --
The suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ constitute the Atonement, although often when people use the word they are primarily thinking of His suffering. 
We believe that the Atonement is central to God's Plan of Salvation for men. Heavenly Father sent us to Earth knowing that we would experience physical and spiritual corruption. No unclean or imperfect thing can dwell with God, so there had to be a way for us to be cleansed and healed. Only a Perfect being, with both Godhood and humanity, could achieve this. He had to come to Earth, live a blameless life, and then take upon Himself the burden of the sins, weaknesses, pains, and sorrows of every person who ever had or ever would live. He had to die, like all humans, and then through His divinity take up His body again in a perfected and glorified form, thus breaking the bonds of death for all of God's children. In this way, both justice and mercy are satisfied. 
The gift of resurrection is free for all, but the redemption of sins depends upon our accepting the Atonement. We do this through repenting of our sins and being baptized, wherein we covenant with God that we will strive to follow Him, and He in return forgives our sins through the Grace of Jesus Christ. We renew this covenant every week when we take the Sacrament. 
We believe that the Atonement, or the Grace of Christ, is operative not only in cleansing our sins and changing our hearts, but also in enabling us to do things that would otherwise be beyond our ability. We believe that the Atonement is Infinite and Eternal, and also personal: Jesus didn't suffer the weight of the world as a lump sum. He vicariously lived each of our lives, experiencing every abuse, every sickness, every moment of guilt, every conflicting emotion and sensation of our mortal experiences. Thus He is truly the only one who knows exactly what we are feeling at any given moment, and He knows the best way to help us through it. 
We do not believe that we can earn salvation through good works or sacred rites. We believe that God has given us the commandments, ordinances and covenants in order to bring us to Christ and guide us in our journey to become like Him and return to His presence. 
I could go on and on about this, but I think it will do for a summary.

Block of Meetings; Three-hour Block -- see also Relief Society, Sacrament Meeting
The usual schedule of Sunday meetings for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a three-hour block of time; depending on the location Sacrament Meeting may be the first or last meeting of the block, but the general schedule is as follows:
70 min. Sacrament Meeting for the entire family
10 min. break
40 min. Sunday School (there are separate classes for different age groups; children's classes are called Primary; there is also a Nursery for children aged 18 months to 3 years)
10 min. break
50 min. divided by organization: Priesthood meetings for men and boys (Young Men) 12 and over, Relief Society meetings for women, Young Women meetings for girls aged 12-17, Primary for children aged 3-11, Nursery for toddlers
Brothers and Sisters; Brethren -- see also Elder
We believe that we are all literally the spirit children of God. Before we came to this earth, we lived with Him and learned and progressed as far as we could in becoming like Him. In order to progress further, we needed to receive physical bodies and form families, and prove that we would follow God even when we could not remember Him. Thus, He sent us to Earth and placed a veil over our memories of heaven.
In the Church, we call each other Brothers and Sisters to remind us of this fact. When addressing a group, we usually say Brothers and Sisters; if it's a group of men, they often say Brethren in place of Brothers (probably because it has a more solemn ring to it), if a group of women, Sisters. When addressing an individual, they are Brother or Sister [last name].
In the early days of the Church, when the membership was much smaller and more localized, Brother/Sister [first name] was often used, particularly among the leadership of the Church. We today still sometimes use these names affectionately when referring to these early leaders, e.g. "Brother Joseph" (Joseph Smith, Jr.), "Brother Brigham" (Brigham Young), "Brother Heber" (Heber C. Kimball).

Callings -- see also Mission, Priesthood, Spirit
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has an unpaid lay ministry; all members who are worthy and willing are called to serve in various positions in the Church, and they remain in those positions until they are released.  There is no principle of "climbing"; bishops and other leaders follow the promptings of the Spirit in deciding which calling to extend to which member, and upon being released from one calling there is no guarantee what the next calling will be.  Any sense of hierarchy is merely for the sake of maintaining order.  For example, a woman might be released from the calling of Relief Society President and then be called to serve as a music leader in the Nursery.

Chapel; Church (House) -- see also Temple, Tabernacle
We often call our church houses "chapels."  The main room of the church house is also called the chapel; this is the room where Sacrament Meeting is held, and is usually furnished with a raised stand (with organ, piano, choir seats, pulpit, and Sacrament table) and rows of long benches.  The chapel room in particular is treated with reverence due to its association with the Sacrament; we are encouraged to keep our voices low and to take casual conversations and activities out of the room.  
The church house also typically has classrooms (including special rooms for the Primary, Nursery, Relief Society, and Young Women), offices for the bishopric, a kitchen, and a recreational hall.  Larger church houses, especially stake centers, will also have a baptismal font, a satellite receiver (for General Conference and other broadcasts), and often a stage with curtains.
Church houses are used for weekday activities, including classes, service projects, dances, socials, performances, and sports.  All people -- active members, less-active members, or nonmembers -- are welcome to attend any of our regular worship meetings, classes, or activities, as long as they come in goodwill and behave respectfully.

Companion -- see also Home Teaching, Mission, Transfer, Visiting Teaching
Home teachers, visiting teachers, and missionaries are assigned to work in pairs; these pairs are referred to as companionships and each partner as a companion.  Home teaching and missionary companionships in particular generally have a senior (older and/or more experienced) companion and a junior companion.

Conference -- see General Conference

Conference Center -- see Tabernacle

Consecration --see also Zion


Covenant -- see also Ordinance

A covenant is a solemn promise between God and man. The terms of the covenant are set by God, and He always gives a lot more than He requires from us. Covenants are attached to ordinances -- that is, sacred rituals that are performed by Priesthood authority. The purpose of the ordinance is to create in our minds a tangible reminder of the covenant we have made. We make covenants at baptism, at Priesthood ordination for men, when we first enter the Temple (we call this the Endowment), and at a Temple marriage (Sealing). As an example, here is the baptismal covenant:
We promise:

  • To take upon us the name of Christ.
  • To always remember Him.
  • To stand as a witness of Christ at all times, in all things, and in all places.
  • To serve Him and keep His commandments.
  • To bear one another's burdens, mourn with those who mourn, comfort those who stand in need of comfort.

God promises:

  • To forgive our sins in the name of Christ.
  • To receive us into His church, and ultimately, His kingdom.
  • To give us the Gift of the Holy Ghost to be our constant Companion.

We are baptized and confirmed to solemnize this covenant. We renew this covenant every week as we partake of the Sacrament.
The covenants we make later on aren't really different; they just take it to the next level.

Disciple -- see also Latter-day Saint
A follower of Jesus Christ; one who strives to emulate Him and obey His teachings.

Elder -- see also Apostles, Brothers and Sisters, Mission, Priesthood
There are two uses of the word "elder" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
First, it is a rank within the priesthood; the most basic level of the higher, or Melchizedek Priesthood.  All worthy adult male members of the Church are ordained to the office of elder.
Secondly, it is a title used for any man who is an ordained representative of Jesus Christ and the Church (except for those who hold the title "President" or "Bishop").  In this usage, "Elder" applies to male missionaries and General Authorities.

Ensign; Conference Ensign -- see also Friend, General Conference, Liahona, New Era
Pronounced "en-sign" as in a banner, not "en-sun" as in the naval rank.  The English language magazine for adult members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Each issue begins with a "First Presidency Message" for home teachers to share with the families they visit; they also contain a visiting teaching message as well as articles by General Authorities, Church scholars, and member contributors.  The May and November edition each year forego the regular articles and instead present a transcript of each sermon given in the General Conference immediately previous.

Fast Sunday; Fast and Testimony Meeting; Fast Offering -- see also Sacrament Meeting, Testimony
The first Sunday of each month is known as Fast Sunday in the Church (except the first Sundays of April and October, which are General Conference; in these months Fast Sunday is rescheduled to the Sunday before or after Conference).  All members who are physically able are encouraged to fast -- abstain from all food and drink -- from Saturday evening to Sunday evening.  
We believe that fasting is a way to help us focus on spiritual things over physical things, cultivate self-control, strengthen our prayers, and help us learn to sacrifice our will to God.  Individuals and groups may hold personal fasts at other times (for example, a family may decide to fast and pray for a loved one who is very ill, or a stake in a drought-ridden area may fast and pray for rain).
We give a fast offering on Fast Sunday; members can give whatever they choose, although they are encouraged to give an amount equal to at least the value of the two meals they missed, and many times more if they can afford it.  These funds, as well as all other tithes and offerings in the Church, are not collected during services, as in a plate or basket being passed, but rather are given discreetly by the members in sealed envelopes outside of meetings.  Fast offering money is used exclusively to assist the needy; if a ward has more fast offerings than local needs warrant, the excess funds are sent to the Church to be distributed to needier areas.  
On Fast Sunday we have a special Sacrament Meeting where, instead of two or three assigned speakers, the pulpit is opened up for any member who wants to bear their testimony.

Friend -- see also Ensign, Liahona, New Era
The English language children's magazine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

General Authorities -- see also Apostles, Prophets
All of the Priesthood offices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which have worldwide jurisdiction.  These include:
The President of the Church (also referred to as the Prophet)
The Counselors in the First Presidency (almost always selected from the Quorum of the Twelve)
The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (also called the Council of the Twelve Apostles)
The first two Quorums of Seventy (commonly referred to as Seventies, as in "he's a Seventy")
The Presiding Bishopric
The General presidencies and advisory boards of the organizations of the Church (Relief Society, Young Women, Young Men, Primary, Sunday School) are referred to as General Officers, not General Authorities.

General Conference -- see also General Authorities
A two-day conference held the first weekend of every April and October at which the General Authorities (and General Officers) of the Church address the whole membership of the Church.  Church members often simply refer to General Conference as "Conference", although we also have stake and ward conferences.  
There are morning and afternoon sessions on Saturday and Sunday (four total) which are open to all members and visitors.  There is also a Saturday night Priesthood Session for all priesthood holders.  On the Saturday one week before the General Conference, there is a General Women's Meeting, for all female members ages 8 and up.
Conference is held at the Conference Center at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is able to be viewed live via satellite or over the Internet.  Most of the talks (sermons) are delivered in English, although a new policy allows international speakers to speak in their native tongue. All talks are translated live into over 90 languages, including ASL.  The talks, including the Priesthood Session and the General Relief Society/Young Women's meeting, are also published in 90 languages in the May and November editions of the Church's magazines.

Home Teaching -- see also Companion, Priesthood, Visiting Teaching
All worthy priesthood holders over age 14 are usually "home teachers."  In this program, pairs of priesthood holders are assigned to visit several households (everyone in the ward or branch, active or not, has home teachers unless they specifically refuse to participate).  At least once a month, home teaching companionships are supposed to visit the families they serve to find out how the family members are doing physically and spiritually, offer any assistance needed, and share a gospel message.  Home teachers should also keep in touch with the family throughout the month and be a friend they can feel comfortable calling on in times of need.

Latter-day Saint -- see also Disciple, Mormon
A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which I will usually refer to as "the Church" for brevity's sake.  Unlike some other Christian denominations, we use the word "saint" to refer to any faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ.  This is consistent with New Testament usage, as in Acts 9:32, Romans 1:7, and Ephesians 2:19.  The term "Latter-day" refers to the doctrine that we are living in the last days before the second coming of Jesus Christ.

Liahona -- see also Ensign, Friend, New Era
The foreign-language magazine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; named after the divine compass described in the Book of Mormon.  It generally contains translated sections of the Ensign, Friend, and New Era magazines as well as some original material. The May and November issues of the Liahona are identical to those of the Ensign in reporting the General Conference.

Midweek Meeting -- see Relief Society

Mission; Missionaries --
All worthy, able-bodied young priesthood holders in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are encouraged to serve as full-time missionaries.  It is considered a priesthood duty, although no one is compelled to go and a person would not lose any privileges for choosing not to go.  Young men are eligible to serve beginning at age 18 as long as they have completed high school, although they can begin at any time up until age 26 as long as they are single.  The term of service for a man is two years, unless serious health concerns require him to end early.  
Young single women may choose to serve a mission any time after age 19, but they are not under any kind of obligation to go, and their term of service is 18 months.  Retired adult couples and older single women are also encouraged to serve as "senior missionaries"; these missions may last anywhere from six to twenty-three months.
Missionaries pay their own way -- sometimes supported by family or ward member contributions -- and are expected to follow a strict schedule and standard of dress and behavior.  Missionary service is seen as a form of consecration, or giving oneself completely to God and His work.
When a member chooses to serve a mission, they complete a series of paperwork, medical examinations, and worthiness interviews; the resulting packet is sent to Church headquarters, where members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles assign the candidates individually to one of the Church's 406 missions worldwide, based on the information provided and the promptings of the Spirit.  The process is described in these two discourses: The Divine Call of a Missionary, April 2010, and The Greatest Generation of Young Adults, April 2015.
This "mission call" is mailed to the prospective missionary, along with a packet of instructions, such as what kind of clothing they will need to bring and what day they should report to the MTC (Missionary Training Center).
I served a mission in Uruguay.
Some people ask why we send missionaries to "Christian" parts of the world; the answer is that we believe we can offer these other Christians additional light and truth that has been lost to them over the centuries, and that we believe the authority of the Priesthood is necessary to make ordinances such as baptism and marriage valid in heaven as well as on earth.

Mormon -- see also Latter-day Saint
The common nickname for a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; the formal term for a member of the Church is Latter-day Saint.  The nickname was originally given by detractors in a derogatory reference to the Book of Mormon, which the Church accepts as scripture equal with the Bible.  It became so common, though, that we adopted it as a term that more people would be familiar with.  "Mormon" also functions as an adjective.
You may also come across the phrases "Mormon Church" or "LDS Church", although these terms are officially discouraged by the Church because they make no mention of Jesus Christ, and also because they are easily confused with sects that have left the Church, such as the Fundamentalist church (FLDS).
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, officially ended the practice of polygamy in 1890 and any member who practices or promotes polygamy is excommunicated.

MTC: Missionary Training Center -- see also Mission
There are 15 MTC's worldwide; the main one is in Provo, Utah near the campus of BYU.

New Era -- see also Ensign, Friend, Liahona
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' magazine for teenagers.

Ordinances -- see also Covenants
An ordinance is a formal rite performed under Priesthood authority that serves as a physical reminder of a covenant. We believe that there are a succession of "Saving Ordinances" that must be received in order to accept the fullness of Christ's Atonement and God's Plan.  These are: 
Baptism and
Confirmation: All who are baptized and keep their covenants will be numbered among those of the First Resurrection, i.e. go to Heaven (the Sacrament is a constant renewal of these covenants).
Ordination to the Melchizedek Priesthood (for men)
Endowment
Sealing: We believe that those who receive and keep these higher covenants will be Exalted, that is, become like God and live with Him.

Priesthood -- see also Callings, Home Teaching, Ordinances
The power and authority that God gives to men to enable them to lead His Church, perform saving ordinances, and bless His children on earth.  
All worthy male members of the Church are ordained to the Priesthood by the laying on of hands. 
While women are not ordained to the offices of the Priesthood, we are full participants in its benefits. The Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary organizations are set up under the authority of the Priesthood and have a similar leadership structure of female presidents, counselors, and councils. In addition, in the temple both men and women enter into Priesthood covenants, and both officiate in the ordinances. 
The Priesthood is subdivided into the Aaronic (lower, or preparatory) Priesthood and the Melchizedek (higher) Priesthood, each of which has several offices.  Each office retains all of the duties and privileges of the offices below it.  The most common progression of Priesthood offices is as follows.
Aaronic Priesthood Offices:
Deacon (customarily bestowed at age 12; deacons pass the Sacrament trays to the congregation and help collect fast offerings)
Teacher (customarily bestowed at age 14; teachers prepare the Sacrament bread and water and serve as home teachers)
Priest (customarily bestowed at age 16 or after baptism for adults; priests bless the Sacrament and can perform baptisms under the direction of the local bishop)
Melchizedek Priesthood Offices:
Elder (bestowed upon adults after they have honorably fulfilled the office of priest; elders can perform confirmations and give blessings of healing, comfort, or counsel by the laying on of hands.
High Priest (usually bestowed when a man is called to a bishopric, stake office, or higher authority calling; high priest is an office of leadership)

Prophets -- see also Apostles, General Authorities
Throughout the Bible (and the Book of Mormon), God called men to speak to the world on His behalf.  This order has been restored in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The first modern-day prophet was Joseph Smith, Jr.  There has been an unbroken line of succession since then; the prophet of today, sixteenth in line, is named Thomas S. Monson.  We also refer to all members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church as "prophets, seers, and revelators."

Relief Society -- see also Visiting Teaching
The women's organization within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  All female members of the Church are members of the Relief Society.  The purpose of the Relief Society is to "increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and seek out and help those in need"; this is commonly summarized as Faith, Family, Relief.  The Relief Society motto is Charity Never Faileth, which is a direct quote from 1 Corinthians 13:8 in the Bible and Moroni 7:46 in the Book of Mormon.
We meet every Sunday to learn how to better apply the Gospel in our lives, and also have weekday meetings (local leaders determine how frequently: my group meets once a month) to join together in service projects and learn life skills.  
When I was a kid, this weekday meeting was called "Homemaking Meeting"; in 2000 the name was changed to "Home, Family, and Personal Enrichment Meeting", usually called "Enrichment" for short.  In 2009, the HFPE title was discontinued and the General Relief Society President gave the following:
...rather than give these additional Relief Society meetings a new title, all such meetings and activities will now be referred to simply as Relief Society meetings. Individual Relief Society meetings that are held during the week can be called whatever they are: Relief Society service, classes, projects, conferences, or workshops.
My RS group generally refers to this meeting as "midweek meeting", but we often still slip and call it Enrichment.

Sacrament Meeting -- see also Block of Meetings, Fast Sunday
The main worship service of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  When a Church member refers to "the Sacrament" they usually mean what other Christians would call the Eucharist, Communion, or the Lord's Supper.  Sacrament Meeting generally lasts an hour and ten minutes, and includes prayer, hymn-singing, the ordinance of the Sacrament (we use water instead of wine), and usually two or three talks (sermons) by members of the congregation.

Scriptures --
The canon of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints includes the Old and New Testaments (we use the King James Version of the Bible), the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.  These are referred to collectively as the Standard Works.  We also believe the teachings of latter-day prophets and apostles to be scripture, especially those delivered in General Conference.

Spirit; Holy Ghost -- see also Godhead
The third member of the Godhead; acts as the voice and influence of God in the hearts and minds of mortals.  When Church members are confirmed after baptism they receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost, meaning the right to enjoy His constant comfort and guidance as long as they are worthy and pay heed to His promptings.  The promptings of the Spirit guide Church leaders in extending callings to members, and they guide all Church members in fulfilling their own callings.  The Spirit testifies of truth, brings answers to prayer, brings consolation in times of trouble, and warns of danger.  The Spirit is also the agent that helps the power of the Atonement (the grace of Christ) cleanse our sins and change our hearts.

Stake -- see also Ward
A geographical division of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, analogous to a Catholic diocese.  A stake is divided into several wards (and sometimes branches).  Stake Conference is held instead of the three-hour block of meetings twice a year.  The head of the stake is the Stake President.

Tabernacle --
A large meeting hall, bigger than a chapel but smaller than a Temple, used for large meetings such as Stake Conference. Many towns in Utah and Idaho have a tabernacle; these were mostly built in pioneer times and several are no longer used for Church meetings. When people refer to The Tabernacle, they mean the one at Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah. This building was the venue for General Conference throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In 2000 the Conference was moved to the newly-built Conference Center across the street, which could seat three times as many people. It is still the headquarters of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the scene of many cultural events.

Temple -- see also Block of Meetings, Chapel, Covenants, Ordinances, Worthiness
In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we have two main houses of worship: the chapel (or church house) and the Temple.  ..........

Testimony --
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Tithing, Tithes and Offerings -- see also Fast Sunday

We believe that God has commanded His people to pay a tithe -- that is, one-tenth -- of their increase (income) to Him, through His Church (see Malachi 3:7-10).  Tithing funds are considered sacred by the leadership of the Church, and are allocated to furthering the work of the Lord in ways such as building temples and chapels, printing scriptures and instructional materials, and supporting the Church Educational System (see "What is Done with the Tithing that Mormons Pay?").  Church members are also invited to donate in other ways, such as Fast Offerings and contributions to the Church's humanitarian work, but these donations do not constitute tithing.  At the end of each calendar year, bishops hold "Tithing Settlement" interviews with each family and/or member in their ward, in which each person is presented with a record of their tithing and other contributions over the past year and asked to verify its accuracy.  The member then declares if the amount they gave constitutes a full, partial, or non-tithe.  This is done completely on the honor system; the Church does not audit its members.  The bishop keeps members' donations and declarations confidential.

Visiting Teaching -- see also Companion, Home Teaching, Relief Society
A program of the Relief Society in which all sisters who are willing to participate are grouped into pairs and assigned a few other sisters to befriend and watch out for.  This was once a monthly visit like home teaching, but the program has been changed to emphasize continuous fellowship rather than a monthly task to "check off".  Unlike home teaching, where priesthood holders are assigned to families or households, visiting teachers are assigned to individual sisters.  For example, when I lived with my family before I got married, my mom, my other adult sister, and I each had our own set of visiting teachers.

Ward; Branch -- see also Stake
A geographical division of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, analogous to a Catholic parish.  All members within each ward's boundaries have the same meeting schedule.  Often more than one ward will share one church building, and their meeting schedules will be arranged so as to not conflict with each other (for example, one ward meets from 9:00-12:00, another meets from 12:30-3:30).  
The head of the ward is the Bishop, who is assisted by two Counselors.  Each ward also has its own Primary, Youth, Relief Society, and Priesthood groups with their own presidencies (these groups report to their Stake counterparts, who in turn report to General (Church-wide) leaders.
If an area does not have enough active Church members to form a ward, they are organized into a Branch, with a Branch President.

Worthiness -- see also Callings, Temple

Members are expected to maintain a certain standard of behavior in order to hold callings, receive and retain their privileges in the Priesthood, and enter the Temple. Priesthood holders act in God's name, so they must keep themselves spiritually clean in order to merit that responsibility and to keep the Holy Ghost with them. We consider the Temple to be the House of the Lord, and only those who honor Him in their behavior should enter there. In addition, within Temples we perform sacred ordinances for ourselves and for our ancestors. These ordinances are highly symbolic and require a certain level of spiritual maturity. Priesthood leaders interview members as to their worthiness before issuing a calling or a temple recommend (like a passport to go to the Temple). The standards are not unreasonable. Qualifications include:
Having a testimony of God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost as the Godhead.
Having a testimony of Jesus Christ as Savior and Redeemer of the world.
Supporting the leadership of the Church, and not supporting any organizations that are opposed to the Church or its doctrines.
Paying a full tithe.
Attending Sacrament and other meetings regularly.
Being honest in your dealings with your fellow men.
Being kind and true to your family, including paying alimony and child support where applicable.
Striving to honor the covenants you have made at baptism (and in the Temple, if you've already been).
Following the Word of Wisdom (abstaining from coffee, tea, and alcohol, and also from drug abuse).
Living the Law of Chastity (abstinence outside of marriage, and absolute fidelity within it)
The final question is always, "Do you consider yourself worthy to enter the House of the Lord?"  I always feel a glow of happiness as I answer, "Yes." 

Zion -- see also Consecration

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