In accordance with the Manual of The Mother Church , the Mother Church is the only Christian Science church to use the definite article "the" in its title. Branch churches are named "First Church of Christ, Scientist", "Second Church of Christ, Scientist", and so on, followed by the name of the city, in the order in which they were built in that city for example, Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago. Welch, was completed in December , eight years after the first Christian Science church, First Church of Christ, Scientist Oconto, Wisconsin , was built by local women who felt they had been helped by the religion.
Although fairly large for the time, the original church, a Romanesque Revival stone structure, is often overlooked because it is dwarfed by the much larger domed Mother Church Extension. Designed to fit on a kite-shaped lot, the former features a foot 38 m steeple and an octagonal auditorium that seats Added in —, the Mother Church Extension was originally designed by Charles Brigham , but was substantially modified by S. Beman , who took over construction in as a result of Brigham's illness.
In particular, Beman minimized the Ottoman and Byzantine elements, bringing the domed structure in line with the Neoclassical style that Beman favored as most appropriate for Christian Science churches.
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The sanctuary, located on the second floor, seats around 3, Designed in the s by the firm I. Pei , design partners , the The site is one of Boston's most recognizable sites and a popular tourist attraction. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see First Church of Christ, Scientist disambiguation.
For other uses, see Mother church. The original Mother Church and behind it the domed Mother Church Extension ; on the right, the brutalist Colonnade building The reflecting pool is in the foreground. Branch churches of The Mother Church may take the title of First Church of Christ, Scientist; Second Church of Christ, Scientist; and so on, where more than one church is established in the same place; but the article 'The' must not be used before titles of branch churches, nor written on applications for membership in naming such churches.
The First Church of Christ, Scientist. Archived from the original on A missionary companionship , consisting of two or occasionally, three missionaries, is the smallest organizational unit of a mission. Every missionary is assigned by the mission president to be another missionary's companion. Missionary companionships are generally maintained for months at a time and most missionaries will have served with multiple companions by the end of their mission.
These companions very rarely have prior acquaintance outside of the mission. Companionships are always of the same gender. Missionary companions are instructed to stay together at all times and not to go out of the hearing of their companion's voice. One of the intentions of this strict policy of staying together is to discourage missionaries from breaking any mission rules.
When companions have conflicting personalities or interests, they are encouraged to try to resolve them themselves. If a missionary's companion is having difficulty with the work or with personal problems, missionaries are instructed to give criticism constructively, in private and with respect. Missionaries are urged to treat the companionship as a relationship that must succeed in being cooperative and selfless, thus improving the spirituality, character and social skills of each individual missionary. Senior couples serve as a companionship for the entirety of their mission and have more relaxed rules.
Unlike single missionaries, they share the same bed and are able to travel outside of the mission boundaries. Missionaries are encouraged to write a letter to their parents weekly. Since almost all of their time is otherwise occupied, other communication is limited. However, a missionary may use preparation day to correspond with any person that is resident outside of the boundaries of the mission. Missionaries do not go on vacation and are generally permitted to telephone their parents only on Christmas Day, and one other day of the year, usually Mother's Day.
Single missionaries are prohibited from dating or courting while serving missions. The policy of companionships staying together at all times serves to discourage these activities. While missionaries may interact with members of the opposite sex, they may never be alone with them or engage in any kind of intimate physical or emotional activity e.
They may not telephone, write, e-mail, or accept letters from members of the opposite sex that live in the area where they are assigned to proselytize. In the early days of the LDS Church, men were called to serve missions regardless of marital status.
Today, however, married young men are not expected to serve missions, unless called to oversee a mission as a mission president. A call to be a mission president is typically extended to the married couple, and in turn, the entire family of the chosen mission president. Older retired couples also may serve as missionaries, but do not take their families with them.
Generally, missionaries wake up at 6: If they are teaching in a foreign language, they'll spend another 30 minutes to an hour studying the language. They plan for the next day's activities, pray, and are encouraged to write in their personal journal, but are not required to.
They then retire to bed at On January 25, , the church announced that schedules can be modified depending on the area in which missionaries serve. Missionaries are admonished to "avoid all forms of worldly entertainment. They are not permitted to listen to music that has romantic lyrics or overtones, or merely entertains.
They are permitted to read only books, magazines, or other materials authorized by the church. These guidelines were updated in October , when the church announced that in some missions, missionaries would be issued smart phones and be permitted to use technology on a wider scale. This is intended to enable the missionaries to more easily find "religiously minded people. Missionaries are instructed to avoid slang and casual language including when they are alone in their apartment and in their letters to family.
Some words and expressions are mission- or language-specific, while others are universal, such as calling the halfway point of a mission the "hump" or hump day ,  or describing a missionary who is excited about returning home as "trunky" as he has already packed his trunk.
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As of the end of , there were 70, full-time LDS missionaries serving in church missions throughout the world. The most visible and most common type of missionaries are typically those who proselytize door-to-door and ride bicycles for transportation. For many years, Mormon missionaries used structured lessons called "missionary discussions" formally called "The Uniform System for Teaching the Gospel" to teach interested non-members and recent converts about the doctrines of the LDS Church and to commit them on the steps to take to become a member of the church.
Missionaries were often instructed to adhere very closely to the six lessons, and they frequently quoted segments word-for-word an especially helpful practice when learning a foreign language. The training materials also instructed missionaries to freely change the order of the lessons segments according to the needs and questions of the learners. The missionary discussions were replaced beginning in October by a guide called Preach My Gospel which places emphasis on "teaching by the Spirit". According to Preach My Gospel , God knows each of His children and can guide His servants to say and teach what is best for each individual.
Despite the latitude given to missionaries, the guide still contains material which should be actively taught. Chapter 3 of Preach My Gospel concisely describes all of the doctrine that the missionaries are to teach to those learning about the church. The missionaries are responsible for knowing the doctrine and continually preparing to teach it. They can choose the order that this material is taught to serve the needs of each individual. This is a change from the missionary discussions which were usually taught in order to each investigator.
The book, now published in many languages,  is meant to be used by the general church membership. This sets it apart from the previous missionary discussions, which were used primarily by full-time missionaries, members with church callings related to missionary work, and those preparing to serve missions. Missionaries with special needs or health considerations may be called as full-time or part-time service missionaries. Many fully able missionaries are called to do genealogical research or act as tour guides or hosts at Temple Square or Family History libraries and other church sites.
In many areas, even proselytizing missionaries spend most of their day responding to incoming phone calls and queries, delivering requested media from the church's television and radio commercials. Missionaries may use public transportation , walk , bicycle, or in some areas drive automobiles owned by the church, or occasionally ride within a private automobile with a church member who is accompanying them to a teaching appointment, proselytizing, or fellowshipping activity.
At the end of , there were 33, church-service missionaries. The LDS Church also has a strong welfare and humanitarian missionary program. These humanitarian missionaries typically serve in impoverished areas of the world and do not actively proselytize. Humanitarian missionaries comply with any local laws regarding teaching or displaying religious symbols, including the identifying name tags. This allows them to provide services and aid in countries where activities by religious organizations are typically restricted or forbidden, such as in predominantly Muslim countries or in Southeast Asia.
Regular proselytizing missionaries are asked to engage in welfare activities and community service , limited to four hours a week on days other than weekends or preparation day. Building missionaries were called by the president of the Tongan Mission in the early s. From on, Wendell B. Mendenhall institutionalized building missionaries on a larger scale with skilled tradesmen called as supervisors of the missionaries.
Most of the supervisors were Americans, while most of the workers were young men indigenous to the areas of the South Pacific and Latin America where the work was carried out. However, at times the situation was more complex.
One example is Jose Alvarez, who was a native of Argentina, but had lived in the United States for three years when he was called to go with his family to Chile, where he served as a building missionary supervisor. Every part of the world is assigned to be within a mission of the church, whether or not LDS missionaries are active in the area.
An adult male mission president presides over the missionaries in the mission. Most missions are divided into several zones , a zone being a geographic area specified by the mission president though these are often the same area as the LDS ecclesiastical unit known as a "stake". A zone encompasses several more organizational units called districts. Each zone and district is presided over by leaders drawn from male missionaries serving in that area.
Zone and district leaders are responsible for gathering weekly statistics, assisting missionaries in their areas of responsibility, and general accountability to the mission president for the well-being and progress of the missionaries under their stewardship.
A district typically encompasses four to eight missionaries, and may or may not comprise more than one proselytizing area. An area is typically a portion of the LDS ecclesiastical unit known as a ward or congregation , one ward, or multiple wards. In addition to the leaders mentioned above, the mission president has two or more assistants.
They serve as the president's executive assistants, administering policies and helping missionaries throughout the mission. The number of missions in the church typically varies from one year to the next.
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The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles determine when new missions are created, consolidated, or discontinued. In October , the church announced that, in an effort to increase missionary safety, the number of missions would be consolidated.
The extent of those consolidation plans is yet to be announced. Missionaries are expected to pay their own expenses while on the mission, often with assistance from family. In the past, each missionary paid his or her actual living expenses, but this approach created a disproportionate burden on missionaries who were assigned to more expensive areas of the world. In , a new program was introduced to equalize the financial responsibility for each missionary and his or her family. Now, all young missionaries pay a flat monthly rate which is then redistributed according to regional costs of living.
Missionaries are asked to bring extra personal money for any personal items they would like to purchase. Once the money is received by the church it is then redistributed to the missionaries in amounts proportionate to the cost of living within the assigned mission area.