A religious or political elder
is valued for his (it is usually, but with exceptions, a man) wisdom, by the logic that the older you are the more you know. The concept of an elder was common in parts of the world where what is now called civilization
had taken over. The elders in the Bible
were also called Scribes
Elder is a title for a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints or Mormon, no matter the age of the member.
In some Protestant churches, an elder is a senior member of an individual church who has not been ordained as a minister; elders, or all confirmed members, may vote on local issues.
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