Although the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the fourth largest Christian faith in the United States, there are many misconceptions about this religion, known to some as Mormonism.
As a result, the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit will present an opportunity to “Ask a Latter-day Saint” from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at Congregation Beth Shalom, 14601 Lincoln Street in Oak Park.
Moderators are Kirk Leifson, a lifelong LSD member who is public affairs director for the Church of LDS for SE Michigan, which incorporates 40 congregations, and Karin Dains, public affairs director for 11 congregations of the Bloomfield Hills Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
They will answer questions on topics such as the importance and symbolism of Mormon Temples, youth missions, scripture and LDS holidays.
Kirk, who is married with children and grandchildren, recalls when he his brothers came home speaking several languages as a result of the youth missions they went on as part of their lifelong service to the Church.
“Our missions took us to Peru, Brazil, Iceland and Italy, so when we came home we spoke Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and even some Icelandic,” said Kirk. It has been customary for LDS young men to go on a self-paid mission in pairs in their late teens that can last up to two years. Now, young women may also go on missions that take them anywhere on the globe.
In addition to sharing about what it’s like to go on a mission, Kirk and Karin will have on hand the 13 principles of the Church as well as copies of the Book of Mormon to read. They will also explain about the importance of family and how the LDS have become a resource for researching genealogy and one’s family history for all faiths.
The “Listen, Learn and Ask a Latter-day Saint” program is an informal opportunity to learn about another religion from its leaders and to develop new friendships across Detroit’s faith communities. The program is free and open to the community. Advance registration is available at http://www.detroitinterfaithcouncil.com/exploring-religious-landscapes/. Light refreshments will be served.