Bishop. A non-paid leader of a local Mormon Branch or Ward whose duties are similar to the responsibilities of a Christian pastor. Also known as the “judge in Israel” who determines those who qualify for a temple recommend. His duties are similar to a Christian pastor. In a general conference talk, fifteenth President Gordon B. Hinckley explained, “We have more than 18,000 bishops in the Church. Every one is a man who has been called by the spirit of prophecy and revelation and set apart and ordained by the laying on of hands. Every one of them holds the keys of the presidency of his ward. Each is a high priest, the presiding high priest of his ward. Each carries tremendous responsibilities of stewardship. Each stands as a father to his people” (The Shepherds of Israel,” Ensign (Conference Edition), November 2003, 60).
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