Mormon Lingo

Common Missionary Words:

MTC: stands for the "Missionary Training Center," or MTC, that's located in Provo, Utah. The training center is the first stop in the adventure where missionaries learn how to teach the Gospel effectively.

Companion: All missionaries are assigned to be with another missionary for one or several transfers, or a period of 6 weeks.

Greenie/Trainer: A greenie is a brand new missionary in their first transfer, and the trainer is the experienced companion.

Junior/Senior Companion: All companionships have a Junior and a Senior companion, decided upon by the Mission President, but usually is determined by who has been in the area the longest or who has the most experience in the mission field.

General Terms:

Sacrament Meeting:
 The general worship meeting held each Sunday that's open to all people. All Sunday services begin with the blessing and passing of the sacrament, or the equivalent of communion in many other Christian churches, but Sacrament Meetings contain usually 3 assigned speakers from the congregation.

Testimony Meeting: On the first Sunday of each month, we have an "open mic" where members are free to stand and share how they feel about the Gospel in place of the regular assigned speakers.

Ward: Congregations of the Church are organized geographically and members attend worship services near their home. Each member belongs to a ward or branch. Wards typically contain 300-500 members, while branches are smaller.

Bishop: The unpaid leader of a ward, equivalent to a Pastor in other religions. A Branch President is the leader of a branch.

Stake: A group of 7-9 wards and branches. A Stake President is the leader over a geographical Stake.

Active/Inactive Member: While both have been baptized into the Church and are on Church record, active members attend most or all church meetings, while inactive members do not attend often or at all.