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Why Should You Go to Church?

“Why should I to go to church?” You may have asked this question as a young child, protesting the need to dress up and sit still when you’d rather be playing outside. But as you get older, you may ask that same question for a different, deeper reason.

Do you go to church just because it's a family habit or a social norm? Do you attend out of guilt or a feeling of duty? Or is it an act of faith? Do you seek a spiritual benefit? There are many reasons to go to church; the scriptures tell us that worshipping at church is not only a commandment from God but also increases faith and brings great personal rewards.

Why you need to go to church

Worshipping God is a commandment

In the Ten Commandments given to Moses, God singles out the Sabbath as a holy day (see Exodus 20:8–11). It is a day every week to gather with others, express gratitude to God, and participate in worship services. Jesus gave this commandment to worship as a group: “And behold, ye shall meet together oft” (3 Nephi 18:22).

Church attendance fosters a connection with God

In Christian churches, you can partake of what is called the Lord’s supper, communion, Eucharist, or the sacrament. Taking the communion or sacrament is central to a belief in Jesus Christ and His role in your salvation. He commanded, “Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:24). Keeping this commandment weekly at church is necessary for repentance, for cleansing your soul, and for remembering Jesus Christ.

God’s Church relies on you

In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul explained that even with Christ at its head, the body of the church requires that every member do his or her part. “From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:16). Participating with a church that makes you a part of its “body” and uses your talents, gifts, and energies will improve and strengthen both you and the members around you.

Why you may want to go to church

Attending church teaches and uplifts

Spirituality is a noble pursuit, but without direction it can become vague and undefined, and thus, not very meaningful. God wants you and all of His children to be happy. You may find a certain level of joy by simply being with fellow believers and immersing yourself in service and worship. 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 in Christ’s Church, God also sends His Holy Spirit, the “Comforter [who] filleth with hope and perfect love” (Moroni 8:26). 

Going to church provides guidance

In the scriptures, God has given commandments to His children to teach them boundaries, standards, and principles that lead to happiness. God also calls prophets and leaders to remind people of His commandments and to give instructions and help. Going to church helps you connect with leaders and fellow members who can support you as you strive to keep God’s commandments and follow God’s will in your life.

Church attendance gives a sense of belonging

Jesus taught, “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine . . . and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd” (John 10:14, 16). It’s not enough to pursue spirituality on your own; God wants you to be part of His “fold.” In the New Testament, 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.

God’s power is felt at church

God speaks to humankind through His prophets; one way for prophets to share these words is through their messages, which are often shared at church by local Church leaders and members. Participating in the sacred rite, or ordinance, of the sacrament and making covenants with God brings power into your life. Attending church also allows you to sense His presence there. Studying scriptures and the teachings of His prophets with others in church can help you grow closer to the Savior and understand God’s love and will for you.

Why should I try the Mormon Church?

It is Jesus’s restored Church

There are many Christian churches, and it can be overwhelming to know which one to choose. During His ministry, Christ established His Church and gave His Apostles authority to continue leading the faithful and to perform certain gospel ordinances such as baptism and the Lord’s supper, or sacrament. But in the centuries following Jesus’s Crucifixion, these chosen leaders died, and their authority was not passed on to others. The result was that many variants and sects of Christianity arose. In 1820, Joseph Smith knelt in prayer, asking God which of all the Christian churches he should join. God and Jesus Christ directed Joseph not to join an existing church at that time. Later Joseph was instructed to organize Christ’s original church once again upon the earth, which came to be known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

It is a worldwide church, with a congregation near you

Jesus Christ’s Church is for all the world. It embraces all of God’s children. Because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints extends throughout the world, it invites people of all languages, cultures, and backgrounds into God’s kingdom. You can probably find a local congregation of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—known as a ward or branch—close to your home. Mormons attend congregations with geographic boundaries; this type of organization allows members to get to know one another better and more easily care for and serve each other.

The Mormon Church welcomes you

No matter who you are, where you’ve been, what you’re doing—or even what you’re wearing!—you are welcome to attend the Mormon Church. Jesus’s invitation is to everyone, including you: “Come unto me, and be baptized in my name, and have faith in me, that ye may be saved” (Moroni 7:34). This is why Mormon missionaries spend time sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ and inviting people to learn how attending church can bless their lives. 

What is a Mormon Church meeting like

Ask a Mormon why he or she goes to church. Chat now

Read more about what God says about attending church. Request a free Bible or Book of Mormon

Try it out! You’re always welcome at any Mormon Sunday worship service. Find a meetinghouse

Ask someone to go with you. Our missionaries are always happy to introduce you to Mormon Church members in your area.