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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints represents the Kingdom of God on earth with a “foundation of apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” (Ephesians 2:20). Unlike other churches, the Mormon Church does not have a professional clergy who spent years at a special school and lead a life vastly different from the members of the congregation. Mormons have a lay clergy, which means that all the positions are filled by members of the congregation without salary.
Later in Ephesians Paul also says, “And he [Christ] gave some apostles; some prophets; and some evangelists; and some pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12). The Prophet Joseph Smith, echoing that statement, said:
We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
The Church today has all the same offices as the ancient church. The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the President of the Church are prophets and apostles to the whole world. Pastors, called bishops by Mormons, are the leaders of congregations in the Mormon Church. The following diagram shows the basic outline of the Church, but does not include every positions or officer.
There are many other organizations and positions in the Mormon Church. In your ward, you will have many different people who help the bishop run the local Church. Depending on how big you congregation is, you may have many different leaders. The following shows the major organizations and leaders that every ward typically has:
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