Monday, December 04, 2006

Geographically Defined Congregations

This post was inspired by a another great post at "By Common Consent."

The beauty of geographically delimited wards is that it eliminates competition. Consequently, you don't find LDS mega-churches nextdoor to stuggling branches. Also, it fosters a culture of caring. There is an ideal size for a congregation, too big and it is impossible to take care of everyone's needs.

"That you may be equal in the bonds of heavenly things, yea, and earthly things also, for the obtaining of heavenly things. For if ye are not equal in earthly things ye cannot be equal in obtaining heavenly things" (D&C 78: 5-6).

"Nevertheless, in your temporal things you shall be equal, and this not grudgingly, otherwise the abundance of the manifestations of the Spirit shall be withheld" (D&C 70: 14).

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