It’s not uncommon in different faiths to have a lay clergy, but I don’t know if any other religion that does this on the scale of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That religion with more than 15 million members has no paid clergy in any congregation.
As a practical matter it’s safe to say that none of those serving are perfect at what they do, but those imperfections give us added opportunities to exercise faith.
Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is a tenant of the church and is generally seen as an action verb. Faith isn’t something you passively have. It’s something you do.
We iterate on most of the things we do in life and that extends to the things we practice in our church.
We know that it requires repetitive practice to become good at anything. Whether it’s playing the clarinet, kicking a ball into a net, repairing a car, or even flying an airplane, it is through practicing that we may become better and better.
The organization our Savior created on earth–The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints–helps us to do just that. It offers a place to practice living the way He taught and blessing others the way He did.
As Church members, we are given callings, responsibilities, and opportunities to reach out in compassion and minister to others.
It’s not just good manners to be patient with others, but our patience is a sign of us exercising our faith in the organization He established here on the earth.