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No Paid Clergy

May 2nd, 2018
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  1. "Why does the Church have unpaid clergy? From the beginning, the Lord has called His disciples from among ordinary people with diverse backgrounds. They served out of love for the Lord and for others. In the Book of Mormon, for instance, the prophet Alma chose priesthood leaders and “commanded them … [to] labor with their own hands for their support."
  2. - "Whom the Lord Calls He Qualifies" Ensign, July 2013
  3. https://www.lds.org/ensign/2013/07/whom-the-lord-calls-he-qualifies
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  5. "Because there is no paid ministry, almost every churchgoer has a responsibility."
  6. -"Why Mormons Make Good Neighbors" by Larry Y. Wilson, July 2012
  7. http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/why-mormons-make-good-neighbors
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  9. "We have no professionally trained and salaried clergy in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."
  10. - "Sacrifice" by Elder Dallin H. Oaks, April 2012
  11. https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2012/04/sacrifice
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  13. "Members volunteer their time to serve in various positions in tens of thousands of congregations throughout the world. Their service is critical at the local level because the Church has no full-time paid clergy."
  14. - "The Church's Unpaid Clergy" by Doug Andersen, September 2009
  15. http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/blog/the-church-s-unpaid-clergy
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  17. "Learning that the Church has an unpaid ministry or that living oracles guide the members is often surprising to investigators."
  18. - "Coming to Church, Becoming Converted" By Dale M. Valentine, September 2008
  19. https://www.lds.org/ensign/2008/09/coming-to-church-becoming-converted
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  21. "I answered that the Church is not wealthy but that we follow the ancient biblical principle of tithing, which principle is reemphasized in our modern scripture. I explained also that our Church has no paid ministry...."
  22. - "Our Sacred Priesthood Trust" by Thomas S. Monson, May 2006
  23. https://www.lds.org/ensign/2006/05/our-sacred-priesthood-trust
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  25. "We are a Church of lay leadership. What a remarkable and wonderful thing that is. It must ever remain so. It must never move in the direction of an extensive paid ministry."
  26. - "To Men of the Priesthood" by Gordon B. Hinkley, October 2002
  27. https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2002/10/to-men-of-the-priesthood
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  29. "Over the years of my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have greatly appreciated the opportunities for service, for there is no paid ministry."
  30. - "What’s the Difference?" by Derek A. Cuthbert, October 1985
  31. https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1985/10/whats-the-difference
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  33. "In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints there is no paid ministry, no professional clergy, as is common in other churches."
  34. - "Follow the Brethren" by Boyd K. Packer, September 1979
  35. https://www.lds.org/liahona/1979/09/follow-the-brethren
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  37. "I am persuaded that one of the reasons our Church is designed differently from others, without a paid clergy, is that the Lord knows that only through service can we learn the most important virtues."
  38. - "Midlife Report" By Carlfred B. Broderick, July 1979
  39. https://www.lds.org/ensign/1979/07/midlife-report
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  41. "Soon after baptism new members receive from priesthood leaders the blessing of a responsibility to help in the Church. This is referred to as a calling. All of the work in the Church is voluntary. No one is paid for such service.
  42. - "Preach My Gospel"
  43. https://www.lds.org/manual/preach-my-gospel-a-guide-to-missionary-service/lesson-5-laws-and-ordinances
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  45. "priests were not to depend upon the people for their support"
  46. - Mosiah 18:26
  47. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/mosiah/18.26
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  49. "[The Lord] commandeth that there shall be no priestcrafts; for, behold, priestcrafts are that men preach and set themselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get gain and praise of the world; but they seek not the welfare of Zion."
  50. - 2 Nephi 26:29
  51. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/2-ne/26.29
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