As you look up the listings in the white pages of your local phone book (or on the Internet) it will be helpful for you to know a little bit about the organizational makeup of the LDS Church.
WARDS: The local congregation (like a parish in the Catholic Church) is called a “WARD”. The Ward is headed by an official called the “BISHOP”and they meet in a building called the “CHAPEL”. You will likely see several listings for the Bishop's office or the Ward Building Foyer" for these local buildings in the phone book. There would normally only be someone there on Sunday during the hours from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. to answer that phone. But if you do find someone at the Bishop's office, they would almost certainly be able to tell you where to find the local LDS Employment Center.
STAKES: The regional congregation (like a Diocese in the Catholic Church) is called a “STAKE”. There are normally about 8 to 10 Wards that make up a Stake. The building where the Stake offices are located is called the “STAKE CENTER”. The official over the Stake is called a Stake President and you will see listings in the phone book for his office in the Stake Center as well. Again that phone would only be answered on Sunday.
LDS EMPLOYMENT CENTERS: : The LDS Employment Centers are normally located in the building they call the “STAKE CENTER”. It is also used as a Sunday meeting building for some of the local Wards. That building is also where you will normally find the LDS Genealogy Library or Family History Center. The location of the Family History Center and Employment Center may of course vary depending on the size of the congregations in your area and the number of buildings they have. You may have to go to a larger city to find the LDS Employment Center if you live in a very rural area of the United States. However, it is well worth taking the time to find the LDS Employment Center to assist you in finding a stable and worthwhile job.
Here is a typical listing for an LDS Employment center in the DEX phone book
on the Internet. This one is found in Maple Valley, Washington (A suburb of
If you can not find a listing in the local phone book for the Employment Center
you can usually call the listing for the LDS Mission Home office and get the
information about where an LDS Employment Center is in your area.
Here is a sample listing in the DEX Internet phone book for the LDS Mission Home Office in Seattle Washington:
The local mission office in your area is a good number to call because there is normally always someone there during normal business hours. They would be able to tell you where any LDS Employment Centers are in your area.