I’ve been to many LDS sacrament meetings throughout my life because my wife is a member. I notice a great deal of difference between LDS worship and Catholic worship–not just in a liturgical sense, but in the very object of that worship. In Catholic mass, the emphasis from beginning to end is on Christ. In Mormon worship, however, the emphasis seems to be more on the church itself rather than Christ. The talks mostly seem to focus on how great the church is, or how wonderful Joseph Smith is, or how great the current prophet is, or how wonderful it is to be a member of the church. In fact I would go as far to say that though the LDS claim to worship Heavenly Father (and I believe they do in their prayers), in practice their sacrament meetings seem more like they are worshipping the church.
In Catholic mass the emphasis of the worship and the homily is not about the church itself. It’s always about Christ. Though we love the church, we don’t constantly dwell on how wonderful it is to be a member. But in a typical Mormon sacrament meeting you will hear more about the church, or Joseph Smith, or one of their current leaders than you will ever hear about Christ. Any thoughts?