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Any Mormons here? Trying to clarify some terms...(unit/ward/branch)

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by KJIM, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    For anyone with knowledge of the LDS, can you please clarify the difference between a ward, a unit and a branch?

    I'm in an area with three wards, I think, and a neighboring city has two, but the guy (a high councilor for something) instead kept referring to the 14 "units" in the area. Is this somewhat interchangeable? Like maybe a unit is a more general term for a ward or a branch?

    Essentially, if I refer to these collectively, which term should I use?

    (Story: LDS sending teams to volunteer in rebuild.)

    Thank you. I didn't see "units" on the LDS site or Wiki, but that is definitely the word he kept using.
  2. I am LDS, but I have never heard the word "unit" when it refers to our church. Not saying he didn't use it, just that I have never heard it.

    A ward is a congregation, and is determined by where one lives. A city with a large concentration of Mormons will have a lot of wards.

    A branch is just a smaller version of a ward. For instance, in my city, we have eight wards, and we also have one branch for single adults.

    I am not sure if that helps. My guess is he was referring to wards and branches combined as units, but I can't guarantee it.

    Any other questions, just holler.
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