What is a Mormon tradition?

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon" church) have many traditions - some are religious and others are cultural.

-Mormons have a strong tradition of Church attendance and personal study and worship. Mormons believe it is essential to develop a personal witness of and relationship to God, and to gather together to share this witness with each other.

-Mormons have a unique tradition of lay clergy and teaching each other. Nearly every position in the church is filled by a temporary volunteer. Teaching and preaching duties are rotated among congregation members so that each person can share and discuss their personal faith.

-Mormons also have a tradition of General Conference, every six months they gather together as a worldwide church to watch a live feed (via internet or sattelite) of top leaders giving sermons from Church headquarters. This is a big deal to most Mormons, and is treated almost like a holiday.

-Mormons follow Christian traditions such as weekly communion (called sacrament), baptism, and marriage.

-Many Mormons have a tradition of celebrating the Mormon pioneers and the history of their church each summer on July 24. This is called 'pioneer day' and is a state holiday in Utah, USA.

-Mormons have a strong tradition of missions. Young Mormons ages 18-25 often serve 1 1/2 to 2 years as missionaries, and it is increasingly popular for retired couples to serve as well. These missionaries both spread the gospel and perform service.

-Mormons also celebrate most cultural, national, and Christian holidays, including Easter, Christmas, Independence Day, etc.

-Mormons have a tradition of strong families, and many families have traditions of "Family Home Evening", meaning they gather together one night a week to worship, learn, and play together.