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Welcome to the website of the Laestadian Lutheran Church (LLC), the central organization of Laestadian Lutheran churches in North America. The website provides information about our faith, mission, organization, and activities. Here you will find an overview of our publications and links to member congregations. Selecting "Worship Services and Events" will lead you to hearing the spoken Word of God at various worship service occasions, both live and archived. Welcome to our website and welcome to our services!


News & Notes

February Update

This time of year as we make plans for the coming camp season, our thoughts often turn toward our children and youth. God has given us His kingdom and blessed us with a time of work. He has gifted opportunities for us to teach and care for our young. So often my thoughts turn to the words of the psalmist, where he says, “How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God” (Ps. 84:1–3). In a restless and sinful world, God’s kingdom remains as a safe haven for the child of God. It is a secure place where the gospel is preached and a place where we can raise our young.

January Update

Happy New Year! Yet another year has ended of the time allotted me. For thy gifts of mercy, Father, I will thank Thee joyfully, for Thy love that guides my way, for Thy goodness ev’ry day. Thou hast shed on me Thy blessing through this year which now is passing.—SHZ 56:1

As a new year begins, we often look back and remember events of the past year. We also look forward to plans for the coming year. As we reflect on this past year, 2015, one thing that is very heartwarming is the believers’ support and generosity in LLC’s many work forms. Without this support, the work would be in vain. Looking forward, we wonder what plans God has in store for us. On the horizon we see additional needs at our camp centers and the possibility of adding more facilities to support in the area of camp work. Local congregations continue to grow and so do the requests for additional support from the office. With these requests we prayerfully ask for God’s continued guidance and blessing.

December Update

On behalf of the LLC office staff, I would like to wish each one of you a joyous and peaceful Christmas season. Scriptures relate how many years ago the heavens opened as angels announced the birth of our Savior. The message brought relief and joy to the tired traveler. The same joyful message resounds today, gives comfort to the weary traveler, and gives hope of an eternal Christmas in heaven. May this message of God’s perfect gift to all people be centermost as we gather with loved ones this Christmas season. 


Voice of Zion - Featured Articles

Editorial: Making Time for Family

Many parents and childcare experts talk about the importance of spending quality time together as a family. For some, life has become so busy that it’s difficult to fit quality time with their children into an already hectic schedule. But what is quality time? Is it enough to be available when it is convenient? Has spending time with children become an obligation?

Home & Family: What Is Sin?

One definition of sin states that sin is everything that is contrary to the will of God. Sin is also described as the falling away of the heart from God. We cannot fully understand or know all our sins. “Sin is a religious concept. It cannot be understood by reason. It becomes apparent only in the light of God’s revelation” (Bible Concepts: Sin Voice of Zion, Sept. 1993). Sin is more than doing certain deeds or leaving deeds undone. Prophet Jeremiah relates: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9). “Sin continually corrupts man’s soul and body. Man’s reason is blinded and his will inclined to evil” (Christian Doctrine 24). 

Historic Finnish “War Bible” Gifted to LLC Archives

The date inside this old and treasured Bible reads 1683, which means that the Bible is now 333 years old. In August 2014, Doug and Margaret Bratt, Minneapolis-area elders, asked if they could place this treasured Bible into the LLC archives’ safekeeping. 

Dates to Remember

2016 LLC Winter Services, Phoenix
2016 LLC Winter Services, Phoenix
Febrary 25–28, 2016 | Phoenix, AZ

Motto: “Seek the Lord and his strength” (1 Chron. 16:11)


LLC Camp Staff Workshop
LLC Camp Staff Workshop

 LLC Office, with teleconference connection

Featured Publications

LLC eBooks
LLC eBooks
Visit our online store for eBook offerings. Available in Kindle and ePub formats.
At the crossroads of choosing
At the crossroads of choosing
“You are young. You live the life that you have been given. Live passionately! Live beautifully! Live in such a way that you value yourself, your friends, parents, siblings, and those close to you,” says this book’s preface. Through 34 powerful topical essays it encourages young believers to hold on to faith, their greatest gift.
Bible Story Illustrations
Bible Story Illustrations
This CD and USB combo set includes pictures for 210 Old and New Testament Bible Stories and is intended to increase the Bible knowledge and interest of children and youth in the Holy Scripture..
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