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 Jerie

I like mornings. My favorite place is wherever my family is. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Any day that I spend time outdoors--bicycling, hiking, swimming, camping--counts as a great day. Though I work part-time as a bookkeeper and freelance writer, my full-time career and passion is my family. Nothing stimulates and stretches me like marriage and motherhood do. I love words and ideas and getting lost in a compelling book.  

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised me in the Mormon faith. Their greatest teaching tool was the quality of the life they made together. In my teens, I could easily tune out their parental "speeches." But I could not ignore the beauty of their marriage, the service they rendered, the quiet strength with which they overcame challenges, and the joy and confidence that surrounded them. Building my life on the principles of Christ's gospel has brought the same blessings to me and my family.  

How I live my faith

I cherish being a part of a lovely "sisterhood" in my church congregation and neighborhood. It delights me to look after a tired friend's toddler for an afternoon, take dinner to a new mom, visit with a homebound sister, or drive an elderly friend to a doctor's appointment. On the other side of the coin, I know that when I have times of great need or challenge my "sisters" will arrive on my doorstep with willing hands and loving hearts to lift and help me. There is tremendous power in this network of love and support. The powerful truths of the gospel Jesus Christ have their most profound impact at home. As I learn about the attributes of my Savior it becomes clear that the family provides the optimum situation for developing and practicing Christ-like virtues. I think of Christ's humility, his obedience to Heavenly Father, his submissiveness, compassion, unselfishness, moral courage, and pure love. Aren't those the very character traits that I need in my essential roles as wife, mother, sister and daughter? When I try to love as Christ loved, to teach as he taught, to reach out and heal as he did, miracles happen in my family. God acknowledges our family efforts to draw near to Him through consistent acts of daily devotion. When we try to pray together, read His word, serve one another, and walk in His way, He opens the windows of heaven and pours light into our lives. Home becomes a haven of light and peace--a place of shelter in a chaotic and confused world. Our gratitude for these blessings of peace and joy compels us to open our door to friends, family, neighbors, strangers. Whether their need is physical or spiritual we want others to feel God's life-changing love. So, I keep the light on and the fridge full and live my gratitude and my faith by sharing it.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

When I stop to think about Jesus Christ's sacrifice for me and for each of God's children, I am overwhelmed by the perfect love the Savior demonstrated. He values every soul enough that he was willing to suffer and die for us. What does that tell me about the value of every human being that crosses my path? Every child of our Heavenly Father has infinite worth as a precious, beloved son or daughter. The pure love of Jesus Christ is the greatest transformative power in this world. My faith in and love for him motivates me to try every day to live as Mother Theresa suggested "Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting." Christ's own teaching sets the standard "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."John 1334  Show more Show less