Words from a “Saint”
My family is kinda nomadic, but no matter where we go there is a consistent language culture in our church! Especially in Utah, where the church’s headquarters is located, and where I’ve lived the majority of my years. I will share some common phrases in Utah culture, and in pockets of church membership all over the English speaking world (I cannot speak for our membership in areas which use other languages, but that demographic is vast!).
Stake Center - a building like a church, only bigger where multiple congregations can meet and some social events are held. “Hey, there’s a dance at the stake center this weekend. You going?”
Stake - A word designating a geographical area of membership, which is comprised of several congregations. “The stake is having an Independence Day barbecue this year.”
Ministering sister/brother - someone from church who was assigned/has volunteered to watch out for your family, like make sure you’re doing well and stuff. “Where’d we get the cookies?” “Oh, our ministering sister brought them.” “Brother Jones is our new ministering brother, we could ask him to give us a hand.”
Before I get any further: Brother/Sister - a title we give to fellow members of the church, like instead of using Mr. or Mrs.
Ward - what we call local church congregations, which are designated by geographical areas. “Hey, a new family just moved into our ward! Let’s go say hi.”
YSA - Stands for Young Single Adult. Single members over 18 are encouraged to attend a YSA ward or branch, where the most common church meeting topic is marriage (jokes). “The YSA ward meets at 9am, if you want to come.”
Branch - Like ward but smaller in number.
FHE - Stands for Family Home Evening, which refers to an evening families are encouraged to set aside, traditionally on Monday, to spend with each other, learning about Jesus, playing games, and, if you’re cool, eating treats. This tradition is carried into college. When young members of our church move away from family, the local YSA wards or branches hold activities every Monday evening to stimulate a family atmosphere. It’s lit in the most wholesome way ever. :) “What are we doing for FHE tomorrow?” “Oh it’s gonna be so great, you don’t wanna miss it!!” Or, back home: “Kids, come inside! It’s time for FHE!”
Gospel - the word literally means “good news.” We use it in reference to the four gospels in the New Testament, but also to refer to our doctrine in general, which, we say, is the good news of Jesus Christ. “I’m so greatful to have the gospel in my life...”
I could continue, but there is a word limit... Haha.
Proper respects if you made it this far!
I hope you enjoyed these words/phrases from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints explained by a
Latter-Day Saint. - Title for church members. “Actually, we don’t like the nick-name ‘Mormon’ any more; I’m a Latter-Day Saint.”