Members praise, criticize LDS Church move to two-hour Sunday services

LDS Church moves to two-hour Sunday services. (Photo: KUTV)

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints got to spend an extra hour at home with their families Sunday as the church officially moved from a three-hour block to a two-hour block.

Many LDS members praised the move on social media, while some were critical of the move. You can see their tweets below.

The change was first announced during the 188th Semiannual General Conference in October 2018 by President Russell M. Nelson.

“As Latter-day Saints, we have become accustomed to thinking of ‘church’ as something that happens in our meetinghouses, supported by what happens at home,” Nelson said. “We need an adjustment to this pattern. It is time for home-centered church, supported by what takes place inside our branch, ward, and stake buildings.”

Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles further clarified details about the change.

“The Sunday meeting schedule will be adjusted in the following ways, beginning in January 2019,” Cook said. “The Sunday Church meetings will consist of a 60-minute sacrament meeting each Sunday, focused on the Savior, the ordinance of the sacrament, and spiritual messages. After time for transition to classes, Church members will attend a 50-minute class that will alternate each Sunday. Sunday School will be held on the first and third Sundays. Priesthood quorums, Relief Society, and Young Women meetings will be held on the second and fourth Sundays. Meetings on the fifth Sunday will be under the direction of the bishop. Primary will be held each week during this same 50-minute period and will include singing time and classes.”

It's the first major change to the LDS meeting schedule since the church moved to the three-hour block in 1980.

Members across Utah and the world celebrated, discussed, and criticized the change on social media.

Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox celebrated "2 hr church day" by enjoying "some of the best snow of the year."

Below are social media posts regarding the two-hour change.

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