New infographic explains Mormon lay leadership

New infographic explains Mormon lay leadership


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SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has added to its infographics designed to help the public's and the media's understanding of the church.

A new infographic and accompanying outline from Mormon Newsroom focuses on "Mormon Lay Leadership" and how it works. It says the church "functions in large measure because of the unpaid volunteer ministry of its members. In fact, this lay ministry is one of the Church's most defining characteristics."

It explains how stakes and wards are set up. It also offers an overview of various leadership callings from Stake President to Home and Visiting Teachers.

Last month, the Mormon Newsroom presented an infographic called Mormonism 101, intended to clarify the church's beliefs.

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Mark DeMoss, a Liberty graduate and senior adviser to the Romney campaign, told CNN the school has had Jewish and Catholic commencement speakers, and "I think it is a great thing for the university." Previous postings by the Mormon Newsroom explain that the religion is not a cult and cite belief in Jesus Christ as a core of the religion.

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