What the Heck is a Home Teacher? And Answers to Other Mormon Terms.

 

DTR - Define The Relationship. Also known as "The Talk". That point in a relationship where you figure out what exactly this "thing" is.

 

FHE -  Family Home Evening. Every Monday night time is set aside to spend time as a family. It usually involves some sort of lesson, activity, song, prayer and treats, but can be any combination of these.

 

CTR - Choose The Right

 

EFY - Especially For Youth. A Youth Conference held during the summer months, generally on BYU campuses.

 

Mission - A voluntary mission for members of the church. For men they can go at the age of 18 and serve for 2 years. For women they can go at the age of 19 and serve for 1.5 years.

 

The Field - The place where you serve your mission. Short for "Mission Field."

 

Elders Quorum President - The man in charge of the class or "quorum" of Elders (generally men over 18) at church.

 

Fast - To go without food or drink for 24 hrs. in order to become closer to the Holy Spirit.

 

Fast and Testimony Mtg. - The Sacrament Meeting the first Sunday of every month set aside for members to "fast" and share their "testimonies" or beliefs and spiritual experiences.

 

Relief Society - The women's organization of the church.

 

MTC - The Missionary Training Center where future missionaries go to receive training and learn a foreign language if they are going on a foreign speaking mission.

 

Tracting - When missionaries go into neighborhoods and talk to people to invite them to hear the missionary discussion.

 

Priesthood - The power given to men to act in the name of God.

 

Temple - A building where sacred religious ordinances are performed.

 

Sister - How woman are addressed in church, followed by their last name. Ex: Sister Johnson

 

Brother - How men are addressed in church, followed by their last name.  Ex:  Brother Johnson

 

Home teacher - The men of the church are assigned to visit families or individuals in their ward boundaries to check on their well-being.

 

Visiting Teacher - The women of the church are assigned to visit other women in their ward boundaries to check on thier well-being.

 

General Conference - A world-wide conference that happens twice a year, the first weekend in October and the first weekend in April where we listen to talk by the Prophet and the General Authorities of the church.

 

Ward - A congregration.

 

Stake - Often confused with steak, but something very different. A Stake is a group of wards within certain geographical boundaries.

 

Opening Social - The first social of the semester.

 

Singles Ward - A ward specifically for single members of the church.

 

Closing Social - The final social of the semester.

 

Sweet Spirit - A nice way of saying someone is more spiritually attractive than physically attractive.

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