The Canyon Lake Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold an open house on Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“There are a lot of misconceptions about the LDS Church,” said Bishop George Hurt who is the lay minister of the congregation located at 41301 FM 3159. “Many people want to know the role of Jesus Christ in the Church and wonder if we are Christians. Others think we have replaced the Bible with the Book of Mormon. The open house will give us the opportunity to explain to our neighbors our doctrines and practices.”
The open house is arranged so that visitors will be able to take a self-guided tour or have someone go with them from display to display to explain what they are seeing. “We hope to answer some of the following questions,” said Clay Kline, who heads up one of the organizations for adult men:
• Do “Mormons” believe in Jesus Christ?
• What is the role of women in the Church?
• Why do we have more than 55,000 missionaries serving throughout the world?
• We are the largest sponsor of Boy Scout units in the country. How do we use the Boy Scout program to help us meet our goals to provide leadership opportunities, teach boys to honor women, help boys to serve others, and to eventually become effective husbands, fathers and Church leaders?
• How do our programs for children and young women fulfill their special needs and provide wholesome social, emotional and spiritual growth?
• How does the largest and oldest women’s organization in the world help women to work together to seek out and help those in need, to increase faith and personal righteousness, and to strengthen home and family?
• Why does the Church provide millions of dollars in assistance each year to those in need throughout the world no matter their religious affiliations, ethnicity, political persuasions or nationality? Why do we believe in self-reliance and emergency preparedness?
• Why do Church members seek out their ancestors using the largest and most comprehensive genealogical program in the world? How can you tap into these vast family history resources free of charge and without obligation?
• What is the “Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ” and how does it relate to the Holy Bible?”
“We will try to answer these, along with any other questions visitors might have. This is not an attempt to convert all our neighbors,” said Bishop Hurt. “Come on over to our house, pull up a chair, relax and enjoy. Have some light refreshments and see what makes us tick.”
For directions or more information about the open house, call Keith McClellan at 830-833-4229.