There will always be obstacles to attending church. Maybe you work or have sports practice on Sundays, you don’t think church is necessary, or you just want to relax after a stressful week. Whatever obstacles you face, you will be blessed for choosing to follow God’s commandment to worship at church. Here are six reasons why you should go to church:
As one of His Ten Commandments, God commanded that we keep the Sabbath day holy (see Exodus 20:8–11). One of the ways we keep this commandment is to meet together on Sundays to worship God and give Him thanks. We are also strengthened when we are around other believers, see their faith, and hear their experiences and testimonies.
At church, we partake of the sacrament (or Communion). Jesus commanded, “Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:24). Keeping this commandment weekly at church helps us remember what Jesus has done for us and commit to follow Him.
In the Bible, the Apostle Paul compared the church to a body, with Jesus as the head. He said for a body to work, every member is important and must do its part (see Ephesians 4:16). Participating in church and offering your time and talents will improve and strengthen both you and the people around you.
What we learn at church gives us guidance on how to follow God, improve our spirituality, and live better lives. You can be uplifted by fellow believers and by the opportunity to serve and worship. You can also feel the Holy Spirit who brings “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, [and] faith” (Galatians 5:22).
Church is a community where we can socialize and support each other. You can make friends, feel a sense of belonging, and build a support network that you can rely on. The church community helps us to “mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort” (Mosiah 18:9).
You can find answers at church. Maybe you’re struggling with a specific question or need some direction in your life. Maybe you just need to feel God’s love and know that He is there. As you listen to sermons and study God’s teachings, you will have opportunities to receive insight from God. He wants to communicate with you, and church is a good place to hear His voice in your heart and mind.
There are many Christian churches, and it can be overwhelming to know which one to choose. In 1820, a boy named Joseph Smith prayed to know which church to join. God and Jesus appeared to Joseph and told him that the Church Jesus had established when He was on the earth no longer existed. God’s authority to baptize had been lost and some teachings had been changed. God called Joseph to be the new prophet, like Moses or Noah, to re-establish His Church: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
We welcome all people to come worship with us. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is growing throughout the world and people of all languages, cultures, and backgrounds are invited into God’s kingdom. You can probably find a local congregation close to your home.