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How Can I Find the Right Christian Church for Me?

“What church should I go to? Does God care which church I attend?” You may have asked yourself these or similar questions as you consider the place of religion in your life.

God wants His children to love Him—and to formally worship Him. Jesus Christ organized His Church to that end with specific expectations and requirements. As you seek Christian churches near you, look for characteristics and beliefs described by Jesus Christ Himself, as well as His prophets, in the scriptures.

Find a Community of Believers

Worship together at church

As part of honoring Him, God asks His children to meet together in “holy convocation” (Numbers 28:25). In fact, the Greek word for “church” in the Bible, ecclesia, means “an assembly called together.” In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul points out that Christianity is where members edify each other. “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another” (Romans 12:5). God’s plan involves His children serving and building faith together. 

Worship often at church

In the Ten Commandments given to Moses, God singles out the Sabbath to be holy. It is a day to gather with others, express gratitude to God, and participate in worship services. Jesus affirmed this commandment to worship often as a group: “And behold, ye shall meet together oft; and ye shall not forbid any man from coming unto you when ye shall meet together, but suffer them that they may come unto you and forbid them not” (3 Nephi 18:22).

Make your faith part of daily life

Sunday worship is essential, but God also wants you to practice your faith every day. A church community is one way you can “mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and . . . stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in” (Mosiah 18:9). Being involved regularly with a church community shows that you obey the commandment to “love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:39).

Find Belonging in a Church

Belong through baptism

Baptism is a part of most Christian churches. Christians find unity by bearing witness of Jesus Christ and by being known as Christ’s followers and “children of the kingdom” (Matthew 13:38). When you are baptized by one with God’s authority, you are not only washed clean from sins but also become a member of Christ’s Church. 

Belong to a church that needs you

In the New Testament, Paul explained even with Christ at its head, the body of the Church requires that every member do his or her part. Find a church that makes you a part of its “body” and allows you to use your talents, gifts, and energies to improve your life and strengthen the members around you.

Find and Experience Promised Blessings

Find guidance at church

In the scriptures, God has given commandments to His children to teach them standards and precepts that lead to happiness. God also calls prophets and leaders to remind people of His commandments and to give instructions and assistance. Find a church where the leaders will give you the support and guidance you need to keep God’s commandments and follow His will for you.

Find comfort and joy through church

God wants you and all of His children to be happy. You can find happiness simply being with fellow believers and by serving each other and worshipping together. Being a member of Christ’s Church also entitles you to great blessings, including “hope for a better world” (Ether 12:4). To those who are baptized, God sends His Holy Spirit, the “Comforter [who] filleth with hope and perfect love” (Moroni 8:26). The scriptures are full of promises of blessings to individuals and families who seek the joy of becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Feel God’s power through church

God speaks to humankind through His prophets; one avenue for prophets to share these words with us is through church. Attending church can increase your ability to sense God’s presence. Studying scriptures and the teachings of His prophets with others can help you grow closer to the Savior and understand God’s love for you. Furthermore, participating in sacred rituals (such as the communion, or sacrament)—and making covenants with God brings power into your life.

Find a Church Led by Jesus Christ

God’s plan includes salvation by Jesus Christ

God, who is the Father of your spirit, gave you life to experience mortality and to grow as a spiritual being. God knew that because sin and imperfections would be part of this experience, you could not return to His presence without a way to become pure again. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be an example to us with His perfect life and to take responsibility for all the sins of all people who would repent. As part of this plan for salvation, Jesus established His Church.

Jesus Christ will be at the head of His Church

The Apostles of Jesus recognized Jesus as the head of God’s Church. Knowing that He would not always be with them, Peter questioned, “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). The Apostle Paul also taught, “Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body” (Ephesians 5:23). 

Christ gave authority to lead His Church

Christ established His Church during His ministry, and He gave His Apostles authority to continue leading the faithful and to perform required rituals such as baptism. Sadly, in the centuries following Jesus’s Crucifixion, these chosen leaders died, and their authority was not passed on to others. This period without God’s authority on the earth was known as the Great Apostasy. During this time many factions of Christianity arose, each having different leaders and doctrinal interpretations. In the early 19th century, God restored what had been lost by calling another prophet and giving him the needed authority.

Christ has restored His Church and priesthood authority today

In 1820, a young man named Joseph Smith knelt in prayer, asking God which of all the Christian churches he should join. This prayer led to the beginning of God’s restoration of lost truths and direct communication again through a prophet. God and Jesus Christ directed Joseph not to join an existing church. Instead, Joseph was later called to be a prophet and to organize Christ’s restored Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mormon Beliefs and Church Community

A restored church

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (known informally as the Mormon Church) has the same direct authority and organization as Christ’s original Church. Christ is the head of the Church, and apostles and prophets who speak on God’s behalf are called to organize and nurture communities of believers.

A worldwide church

Jesus Christ’s Church is for all the world. It is a single entity that embraces all of God’s children. As The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints extends throughout the world, it incorporates languages, cultures, and congregations everywhere into God’s kingdom. 

A church near you

You will probably be able to find a congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints close to your home. Mormons attend congregations with geographic boundaries so they can associate with their neighbors and friends. This type of organization allows members to get to know their neighbors better and more easily care for and serve each other.

A church with people like you

A local congregation offers more than simple convenience. It provides a place to share common beliefs and interests with a community around you. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often referred to as Mormons) believe that all of God’s children are equal in His eyes and that all levels of leadership in His Church are essential. There is no paid local ministry, so people of all ages and backgrounds are called to lead, teach, and serve. Like you, members come to church to become better and seek God, who “healeth the wounded soul” (Jacob 2:8).

Learn more about Christ’s Church in the scriptures. Request a free Bible or Book of Mormon

Not sure what church to join? Neither was Joseph Smith. Ask the missionaries to tell you about Joseph’s experience and how God answered him. God will answer you too. Schedule a visit with them in your home.

Want to see what Christ’s Church is all about? Find a local congregation near you.