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Dictionary of Mormonese


The head of the local ward (congregation). A bishop has no formal theological training. Often the major criterion for becoming a bishop is success in the business or professional world. His main task is to “judge” people’s worthiness, not to be a teacher or preacher. He also supervises the administration of his ward.

A bishop continues working in his secular occupation during his term of office. Each week he must spend many hours fulfilling his duties as a bishop. This results in a lack of time at home which can often cause stress to his family. Although there is no specified length of service, most serve approximately five years. 

To be called to be a bishop is a high honor—something which is reflected in the high respect they receive in the LDS community.

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