A weekly series that profiles various places of worship in Columbia County
Vaun McArthur, stake president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, stands outside the Mormon church on North Belair Road. McArthur says the church is known for its belief in the family and the Book of Mormon.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Address: 835 N. Belair Road, Evans
Affiliation: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Services: Sacrament meeting 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; Sunday Release Society, 11 a.m.; Sunday priesthood meeting, 11 a.m.; Sunday primary, 11 a.m.; Wednesday Mutual service, 7 p.m.
"Mutual is for young men and young women," said Vaun McArthur, the church's leader.
- Stake president: J. Vaun McArthur
Congregation size: 600
Membership: Most who attend are from Columbia and Richmond counties.
"The Church was founded in 1830, but that congregation (on North Belair Road) was founded in 1993."
Known for: "We are known for our strong belief in family, the Bible, and we also believe in the Book of the Mormon," he said.
Music: The church offers traditional hymns. The church also uses instruments such as an organ and piano.
What would you say to someone who's thinking about giving your church a try?
"We feel very strongly that our church is the church of Jesus Christ. We have Latter-day prophets on the Earth that guide the people, to help them return to our father in heaven and Jesus," McArthur said.
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the faithful today?
"The constant encroachment of worldliness into their lives," he said. "The world is getting pretty good at infiltrating our lives, portraying good as evil and evil as good ... that kind of thing."
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