What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Marcy

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and mother of six who occasionally tries to be creative and is always working on being more compassionate. I grew up on a farm, and love and appreciate the examples of hard work, faith, love and service my parents, now in their eighties, have always provided to me and my siblings. My greatest interest and joy has always been being at home with my family. My husband is my loyal friend, my example, and my supporter in so very many ways. I love my children, who are my friends, and I love the wonderful people that they are becoming. I am very proud of them all, but sometimes I do miss the days when they were small and I had them home with me every day. I do however enjoy this time of my life where I have more time to develop my own talents and interests. I enjoy being creative in many ways . .cooking, gardening, sewing and quilting, and creating both fictional stories and life histories of family. I am always working on being more compassionate and following the example set long ago by Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. For as long as I can remember I have known that God is my Heavenly Father and that he loves me. He hears and answers my prayers, and guides me through the power of the Holy Ghost. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and my Savior. He suffered for my sins and my failings so that I may repent and progress and someday return to my Heavenly Father's presence. I remember vividly the first time I watched a video presentation of Joseph Smith's vision of God the Father and Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost bore witness to me through powerful feelings in my soul that Joseph Smith actually did see our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and was the prophet called by God and given the authority to restore His Church to the earth in modern times. I am grateful to live in a day when we have a prophet living on the earth to guide us with revelation from our Heavenly Father. I love The Book of Mormon. As I try to read from it daily, it brings me comfort and peace and the confidence that I need to face life's daily challenges. It isn't always easy to live the gospel and try to serve and love others in the way that Heavenly Father and Jesus have taught, but I know that the gospel explains the purpose for our lives, and helps me to have the courage to face disappointment and the challenges that we all face. It also brings greater meaning and joy to the wonderful times spent serving and loving my family and others in my life.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day by having true charity and treating friends, family, co-workers, and even strangers in the way that Jesus would treat them. I often fall short and make mistakes, but I do try to live my life with integrity in all that I do. I try to read from the scriptures and communicate with my Heavenly Father daily through prayer, both on my own and with my husband and children. I rely on the guidance I receive from our Heavenly Father as I make decisions and prioritize my time and other resources at home, at work and with everything I am involved in. We attend church services as a family each Sunday, and accept opportunities to serve others in our congregation whenever we are asked. In the past I have had opportunities to work with our women's organization, the youth, and most often with the children in our church. Currently my adult daughter and I together teach a class of four and five year old children each Sunday. I love their enthusiasm for life, their innocent faith, and their unconditional acceptance and love of others. I love sharing scripture stories with them and helping them to develop an understanding and love of the Savior and His gospel. My hope is that Jesus Christ will always be a real part of their lives also.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

 The purpose of life is to help us to grow and progress and become like our Heavenly Father. We believe that we lived previously to this life as spirit children of God, our Heavenly Father. He has a perfect, immortal, physical body. We knew him well, and wanted to become more like him. Our life here on this earth is part of God's plan for us to learn and grow and become like him. At birth we each receive a physical body. Our body is a gift that we are responsible for and need to care for. Here on earth we have the chance to learn to obey God and his commandments, to learn to be happy, and to love and serve others in the way that God the Father and Jesus Christ love and serve us. After our life on earth is over, we will each return and meet with God the Father and Jesus Christ. Because of the atonement of Jesus Christ, we will all be resurrected and one day be reunited with our perfect, immortal physical bodies. Jesus Christ, who has atoned for our sins and understands each of us completely, will be our Judge. If we have completed our life's test and done all that was expected of us to do, we will be able to live forever as families in the presence of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, each Sunday we attend worship services in our local church where we partake of the sacrament. Sunday school classes for different age groups are also conducted each Sunday and various activities for different age groups or for families are also held at the church at different times during the week. The temple is The House of the Lord where worthy church members can receive all of the sacred ordinances necessary to return to live with our Heavenly Father after our life on this earth is finished. After receiving these ordinances for themselves, worthy church members can return to the temple to receive these ordinances by proxy for others who were unable to receive the ordinances for themselves during their lifetime. Each person has the chance to either accept or reject these ordinances. In this way we hope to help everyone who has lived on this earth to have the opportunity to receive every blessing that God has promised to his children.  Show more Show less