All this week I will be with students from Alvernia University and their campus ministry director.
We will experience 6 different religious communities and engage in service-learning with two organizations.
Follow us on our journey!
Today we went to the Church of Latter Day Saints in Center City Philadelphia.
We met with 3 members of the community who are missionaries, as they are known in their tradition. They gave us a tour of the building and we even sat in on a children’s class. We heard their personal stories and learned about their perspectives on what it means to be a Mormon.
Afterwards, we experienced their sacrament service comprised of singing, speakers, prayer, the sacrament (bread and water) and scripture readings.
We were welcomed warmly and learned a lot!
Reflecting on the experience, I particularly will remember what Ammon, one of the speakers shared:
Being a missionary is not necessarily about getting more people to the church. It is an everyday action of sharing love with people in life.
Also, I was greatly encouraged by their interest in pursuing service or social work with others, i.e. Cooperation.