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Why We Need Church

In recent years, more and more people are claiming that churches aren’t necessary. But when we come together in common worship, our faith grows stronger.

In college, I live away from my parents and the rest of my family. I used to always go to church with them simply because that’s what we did on Sundays. Now, however, I go to church because I love the Lord and want to worship him. I go to church because I need the sacrament. I go to church because it is necessary.

“If we cease valuing our churches for any reason, we threaten our personal spiritual life...” By Dallin H. Oaks

Photo by Ben White

President Dallin H. Oaks, in his October 2021 general conference talk “The Need For a Church,” says, “If we cease valuing our churches for any reason, we threaten our personal spiritual life, and significant numbers separating themselves from God reduce His blessings to our nations.” We don’t go to church just because we are told to but because, in these last days, we need all the help and support we can get. We also attend church to help and support others.

Jesus organized a church during his mortal ministry for a reason. The church is where we can go to get the sacrament and other ordinances that are necessary for our salvation and spiritual life. Church is also where we can go to get the help we need with repentance or other spiritual or temporal needs. Today, the church that Jesus organized has been restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. It is through this restored church that we can make covenants with the Lord, receive the blessings that come through priesthood authority, and strengthen one another on our journey back to our Heavenly Father.

Read more about why we need church in President Dallin H. Oaks’ general conference talk “The Need For a Church.”

Source: General Conference

—Aidan Hill, Latter-day Saint Insights


Read Kalene Gillespie’s article “Overwhelmed by Church Expectations” to find out more  about Christ’s love for you.

Read or watch “The Restoration of the Fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ” by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve to find out more about Christ’s restored church.

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