SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day announced Saturday that it is moving to "home-centered church" approach and reducing Sunday worship services for members from three hours to two in a major organizational change.
President Russell M. Nelson, president of the church, made the announcement at the 188th Semiannual General Conference opening session.
"As Latter-day Saints we have become accustomed to thinking of 'church' as something that happens in our meetinghouses, supported by what happens at home. We need an adjustment to this pattern," Nelson said. "It is time for a home-centered church, supported by what takes place inside our branch, ward and stake buildings."
The schedule changes, announced by Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, include:
- Weekly sacrament meeting will be reduced from 70 to 60 minutes.
- The traditional third hour will be eliminated. It will be replaced by individual and family-oriented learning and worship.
Twitter reacted to the news:
Home Centered Church! Here we go. ❤️✊ #GeneralConference— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) October 6, 2018
The last time I felt this excited Donovan Mitchell scored 22 points in the 3rd quarter of a close-out playoff game against the Thunder. #TakeNote #GeneralConference #LdsConf #GenConf https://t.co/FAG9mpcfp9— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) October 6, 2018
I am so excited for the new Come Follow Me manual. I know I’m supposed to study my scriptures but I never know how. I’m excited for something that will help guide my study #generalconference— Shelby Hintze (@ShelbyHintze) October 6, 2018
More responsibility on us parents. This is exciting stuff! #GeneralConference— Andy Bailey (@AndrewDBailey) October 6, 2018
So like yeah church is shorter but now we have homework soooo #generalconference— Logan McDermott (@clogancm) October 6, 2018
Back in my day I used to go to church for 3 hours... both ways! ... in the snow! #GeneralConference— MORMON GANG (@BFMGLTA) October 6, 2018