Church leader shepherds the 'chosen generation' — From the Pulpit

When Elliott Ellsworth was called to be the bishop (ecclesiastical leader) of a group of single, 18- to 30-year-olds, he embarked upon a new adventure.

Professionally, Ellsworth is the director for Information and Technology for the city of Ontario. He is also a husband, father and grandfather, and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rancho Cucamonga. As of April, 2017, he was set apart to lead, teach and serve the young, single adult church members living in Rancho Cucamonga, Upland and Fontana.

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A young single adult ward (or congregation) provides an opportunity for members to meet and worship with other young adults who share similar values and interests. Young adults are also given leadership positions in the ward to help them learn important life skills.

During this time in their lives, young adults often make their most important life decisions, including marriage, education, career, friendships, church activity and developing spiritual beliefs and values. Mature church leaders, like Bishop Ellsworth, encourage and mentor the young adults to develop spiritual, social and temporal self-reliance.

When Elliott was asked about his role as bishop of the Deer Creek Young Single Adult Ward, he said: “Bishops are to minister to the members with love and concern, helping them to become true followers of Jesus Christ.

“There are so many pressures and challenges on our youth today. As a bishop, I…

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