LDS Church meetings held every day of the week in Hong Kong

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  • dw65 Hong Kong, 00
    July 25, 2014 4:13 a.m.

    I have resided in Hong Kong for a few years and have learned first hand what it is like for church members in this part of the world. I attend a branch in the Wanchai Chapel. It is a magnificent structure, complete with 3 chapels, stake and district offices, area offices, and living quarters for the area presidency, stacked on top of each other on 13 floors.

    Regarding the Sunday temple sessions, the First Presidency gave authorization this past March to have the temple open one Sunday each quarter of the year. On the designated day, 4 Filipino branches combine for block meetings.

    It is difficult if not impossible for the domestic helpers to get time off from work. Many are required to work 6 days a week and the employer often assigns the day off. Even some members attending meetings on Sunday only get every other Sunday off.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    April 13, 2014 9:31 p.m.

    The idea of having church services every day - everywhere sounds tempting to be sure, however, as I see it, there is a tremendous difference between the situation in China or even the Middle East with regards to the burdens placed upon the members.

    Granted, there are exceptions to everything, but I suspect that a great many people would see such a thing here in the States as a means to not have to choose between Sunday recreation; including the Super Bowl and church services. Some have to work on Sundays, and there are also several who choose to work Sundays because they are offered bonuses and other incentives to do so. Again, I realize there are exceptions, but I suspect more people simply choose not to have time for Sunday worship than who have absolutely no other alternative.

    I seriously doubt that many of us have the discipline to reverence the Sabbath on which ever day it was situated. It would no longer be a holy day, but would soon degrade into just another day where we had to give up a few hours of our precious time for church.

  • David M Metairie, LA
    April 13, 2014 9:30 p.m.

    Though many employers require work on Sundays here in the U.S., most can allow a Sunday off at least on a monthly basis.

    To widely give an optional service on another time or day would drastically change the current geographical structure of the ward.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    April 12, 2014 7:53 p.m.

    Sunday work requirement is common especially in tourist areas such as Orlando, Honolulu, etc. With mouths to feed these workers can't be picky when they work. Often these folks are more dedicated to attend on their day off than many affluent who prefer to golf or fish on Sunday.

  • ? SLC, UT
    April 12, 2014 4:17 p.m.

    I went to a fast food establishment today. At the counter they advertised the need for workers. However, the sign stated in bold and underlined that the availability to work on Sundays was mandatory. As was also being available at any other time the establishment is open during the weekend or on holidays, but this part was not in bold or underlined.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    April 12, 2014 12:43 p.m.

    Local mission and stake leaders can make similar decisions if they feel a need to conduct meetngs at irregular times. However in m experience even those who cannot attend every Sunday generally can attend some Sundays. I have a brother-in-law who has to work almost every Sunday, but he is able to have his schedule such that he works later than when his ward meets.

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 12, 2014 11:04 a.m.

    There is one God so shouldn't the rules be the same everywhere? The only way you can say 'no' is if you don't think the rule is important. If the rule (that Sundy is the Sabbath and therefore church should be held on Sunday) is not important, then meetings should be held on all days everywhere.

  • timpClimber Provo, UT
    April 12, 2014 7:21 a.m.

    This is not new. The Copperton Ward held Sunday evening Priesthood meeting with sacrament 60 years ago for KCC workers.

  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    April 11, 2014 9:48 p.m.

    I enjoy hearing these stories. I think the LDS Church should find more ways to make Church meetings more accessible for all.

  • Don37 Nottingham, MD
    April 11, 2014 8:03 p.m.

    It is not only those who work in and from third world countries who must work on Sunday. On your way to and from your Sunday Services look at the number of businesses which are open. They range from drug stores, to grocery stores, to gas stations, diners, fine dining, and fast food. Many of their employees are holding their first job and are given weekend assignments. They often have the choice of working Sunday or not working. Then do not forget the hospital staff, firefighters and police.
    I the United States, many work on Sunday.

  • markb Craig, CO
    April 11, 2014 1:28 p.m.

    I used to travel to Hong Kong and mainland China for my work, and I would attend services as often as possible. The first time I attended, I found the building without difficulty, but it was a high rise structure with meeting spaces on several floors. When the elevator door opened, the room was deserted. Luckily a sister told me sacrament meeting was on the next floor up. When the doors opened this time, the entire room was filled with sisters. I thought I had walked in on relief society and was backing up into the elevator, when the elders poked their head around the corner and invited me in. Sure enough, it was sacrament meeting, but there were a grand total of four males in the whole branch. Two elders, a senior couple, and one male who was married to a Chinese national and lived in Hong Kong. All these sisters were converts who were employed as domestic help and were attending the English speaking branch to learn English. What a great and uplifting experience it was.

  • AZKID Mapleton, UT
    April 11, 2014 11:44 a.m.

    How about simply having a dependent branch in every Utah (or US) stake or region, that has a 2 (or 3) hour block meeting every Sunday evening to accommodate those who have to work on Sundays for whatever reason.

    In working to activate less-active church members for many years in a variety of callings and capacities, I would say that this simple offering would reduce the prevalence of less active families (and perhaps more importantly, the inter-generational repercussions of same) by 30% to 50%.

  • Sports Are Great Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2014 11:18 a.m.

    Moracle - Its an interesting idea. However, I can't imagine it ever really happening in other areas. It certainly isn't just medical and transportation employees that work on Sundays. Every profession has people that work on Sundays during the day.

    And we could never just pick one other day so pretty soon you'd have people everywhere asking for 7 day a week services. Can you imagine that nightmare of logistics and unnecessary work on the local church leaders?

  • Moracle Blackshear, GA
    April 11, 2014 9:53 a.m.

    I've often wondered if similar accommodations could be made in the U.S. for those areas where many are in the medical and transportation fields of employment, or other fields that require 24 hour, 7 days per week staff. These positions require Sunday employment, and those without seniority enough to get Sundays off are left with no Church worship services to attend, even though they would like to very much.

  • Let it Go! Omaha, NE
    April 11, 2014 9:42 a.m.

    That has got to be a cool mission. I hope they (the missionaries, you guys are cool! :D) have fun with it!

  • BrentBot Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2014 9:16 a.m.

    LDS Church services in Egypt and Israel are held on Friday and Saturday. We adapt to local custom for the Sabbath.

  • GentleBen2954 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2014 9:15 a.m.

    A few years ago when I was travelling in Ghana, I encountered a similar situation when I met a young woman walking along a road on a Thursday and asked where she was going. She told me she was on her way to church because it was their worship day. She said that each village had their own festival/worship day when everyone got together and worshipped and had a village market day instead of working.

  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    April 11, 2014 7:46 a.m.

    Church services seven days a week?! Wow. That would be awfully convenient to have here, although the Lord still commands is to make Sunday our day of rest. Unfortunately people from Third World don't always have the privilege of being able to keep that commandment as strictly as those of us in the U.S. can. Still, it is good for them to at least try to attend once a week, if not consistently on the same day.