Learn about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints With Us

Expand your appreciation of St. Louis’ religious community and join with people of faith for informative dialogue and celebration Sunday, Dec. 2, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Audiences will gain a greater understanding of the beliefs and doctrine of the Mormon Church at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 in a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) meetinghouse at 15081 Clayton Rd. in Chesterfield. The informative, non-proselyting event is open to all and is sponsored by Interfaith Partnership.

In addition to learning from keynote speakers Mary Pedersen and LDS Stake President Paul Hintze, guests will be treated to the rich and stirring sounds of the Rising Generation Youth Chorus.

Paul and Mary’s unique perspectives and experiences help formulate the ideal base for an event such as this.

Mary has served as the Regional Community and Interfaith Relations Specialist for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for more than 16 years. Her energy and love for interfaith work has been visible for more than a decade as she has recruited countless volunteers from the LDS faith to support interfaith service projects and created educational forums and celebratory events in St. Louis. She has written several published articles concerning her outreach efforts and also serves on the Board of Directors for The Living Insights Center and the St. Louis Archdiocese High School’s Parent Network. She currently is pursuing a degree in Religious Studies at Webster University, is a public speaking ambassador for Lydia’s House (a domestic violence shelter), plays the piano for the children’s choir in her local congregation, is married and has three children.

President Hintze has served as a Stake President in the St. Louis-area Mormon church for the past five years and, before that, as a Bishop, youth leader and children’s Sunday School teacher, among other duties. In his professional career and after 15 years of practice in internal medicine and rheumatology, President Hintze is the current Chief Medical Officer at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. The third of four children, he and his wife Patti have been married 41 years, following in the footsteps of his parents, who have been married for 70 years. Together, he and Patti have eight children and 18 grandchildren.

The Rising Generation Youth Chorus has been delighting audiences of all faiths in St. Louis for more than a decade. Directed by Michelle Martin of St. Peters, the well-polished choir is composed of select, talented teens from the metro area and performs at various community and church-related venues throughout the region.

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