Today at the Church of Latter-Day Saints, the featured speaker was Sam Siddiqui, who was born in a Muslim household and converted to Christianity. What is the pull of Christianity, and why is the Ilford ward of the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints the fastest growing ward? These are questions to be pondered.
First and foremost, I find the atmosphere of the Church with their charming and very communicative young missionaries is something that is a great attraction, that also conveys the message of Christ: Love thy neighbour as thyself. The missionaires, most of them taking a gap year from University, are some of the most open-minded and friendly people I have come across. They explain the message of Christ and give home visits, where they read the Scriptures and the Book of Mormon and go over the salient points. When they have visited me, we watched DVDs of the life of Prophet Joseph Smith, a dramatized version with the Visitation of Christ and our Heavenly Father and how the Church came into being, all those days ago in 1820s when America was partly the wild west.
The Church is a place for family gatherings, where we all meet on Sundays. I enjoy the Bible classes and learning more about Christ and Christianity. Today I got a healing by laying on of hands from fellow Melchizedek brother-priests. Recently there were some Baptisms and a light feast to celebrate the occassion. There is singing of hymns, children's classes, choir practice, Fireside chats on inspiring topics. It's a place to keep the mind active, and learn something new as well. Bishop Onaolapo and his family are very welcoming and truly make people feel as part of one big family of God.
All the Church office holders give their services on a volunatary basis, not paid. Most of them hold jobs during the week, and do this service as a service to God and their community, where the lonely find friendship, the forlorn find hope, the sick find strength in healing, and we all enjoy fellowship in the name of Jessus the Christ, who is the Love, the Truth and the Way.
(written by Duru-darshan