Meet the Mormons
Saints at Life Potluck
By Vince Methot, DC Student
At Life University there are over 30 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Members of this church are often called Latter-day Saints or Mormons. In August, students, staff and families met together for the first time for a ‘Saints at Life’ potluck. There were 16 families who came. Of those, there were two staff members and 14 DC students. None of the undergrad or masters students were present.
While there are varying views as to what a saint is, the simple etymology of the word means ‘holy’; these are people who are holy or who can become holy through the cleansing power of Jesus Christ. In the Church of Jesus Christ, both ancient and modern, saints are those who have been baptized into His church by someone with His authority. The qualifier ‘latter-day’ distinguishes those saints in Christ’s church today from those of His ancient church and has reference to the second coming of the Savior of the world.
Beliefs that are not unique to this church are belief in God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit; that Jesus is the Savior, Redeemer and Judge of the world; and that He lived, died, was resurrected and lives again. Beliefs that are unique include living prophets and apostles who talk with God today and who can trace their authority, apostle by apostle, directly back to Jesus Christ through His first apostles Peter, James and John; that God has revealed more of His words than just those written in the Bible, written in books such as the Book of Mormon – where the nickname ‘Mormons’ came from; and that these books confirm and support the teachings in the Bible.
For clarification purposes, it is not the Mormon Church or the Latter-day Saint Church; rather, it is the Church of Jesus Christ with members who are latter-day saints. There are over 15 million members of this church in the world. A congregation of saints of the Church of Jesus Christ is called a ward or a branch and a group of five to ten wards and branches is called a stake, as in a tent stake (see Isaiah 54:2). There are ten stakes of the church in the Atlanta area. Saints at Life come from over nine wards in six stakes around Atlanta.
There is a full length feature film that came to theaters on the weekend of October 10th, 2014 called Meet the Mormons. It is a documentary about six Mormon’s lives; one of which lives in the Atlanta area. To find out more about the movie, the people, or the church go to MeetTheMormons.com, Mormon.org or LDS.org. If you want to meet a saint here at Life, ask around, everyone knows someone who is a Mormon. If you are a latter-day saint and would like to join with others on campus, you can join the Facebook group titled ‘Saints at Life’; there you may find other saints and learn about any future events including the next potluck event on November 1st.