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 Kira Lynn

I am a joyful Mormon.

About Me

I'm 24 years old and I've been Mormon all my life and I LOVE IT! I was married in the Salt Lake Temple to my amazing husband. The two of us recently bought our first house. It is fun doing projects that make the house a home. I enjoy writing, reading, and being out in nature.  

Why I am a Mormon

I've chosen to be a member of this church because I know it's true. I know I've said that I've been Mormon all my life. There came a time in my life when I was a teenager where I really wanted to KNOW for sure without a doubt that this church was true. I can pin down many, but here is one of the earlier incidents where I had that absolute assurance that this was in fact the true church. I was about 14 years old and I went on a Pioneer Trek in the youth program. Trek is when the youth dress up in traditional clothing that the Pioneers would have worn and then have an experience pushing and pulling handcarts with a "family" for a weekend. Families were a bunch of youth (around 8-10 per family) and a Ma and Pa. On this Trek, when I was so young, I decided I needed to push my limits. I needed to prove to myself that I could do something really really hard. We started the Trek in the morning, and I picked being in the yoke of the handcart. I stayed in that yoke nearly the entire day until midnight. Now let me tell you, this this trek wasn't all sunshine and good weather. Oh, no. I got bad in the evening, it got dark and then there was a torrential downpour with thunder and lightning dancing around us. We kept walking through the storm. Twice during the storm the entire party stopped to have a prayer for safety. You see, our leaders had taken a wrong turn, so we were lost and couldn't find base camp, and so we had to keep walking until we found it. It was frightening walking in such a horrific storm. Remember, I had decided to push myself and I, Kira, was still in that yoke. By 10:30 or 11:00 at night, I was spent and I was afraid and I was beyond the brink. I had tears in my eyes from exhaustion and fear. While still walking, I said a silent prayer, asking my Heavenly Father to please protect us and keep us safe. "Help me" I remember asking Him. When I was done praying, I felt this undeniable warmth fill my whole being. It felt as though I was a child again, being comforted after mom bandaged up an owie on my knee. I also felt my Father in Heaven say that everything was going to be alright, and that he loved me. In that moment, I knew that my Heavenly Father was there protecting me. I knew that he knows and loves me. I also learned appreciation and respect for my pioneer ancestors and the hardship they went through every day in order to get across the plains. In that instant, I knew that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true. I knew it, and I still know it. I can not deny it. I am a Mormon because I feel it in my being. I know my Father in Heaven is real, I know Jesus Christ lives and is my Savior. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and restored the true church, the same church Christ had on the earth in his day, in modern day.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day. It isn't something I really think about, it's just something I do. I was brought up to make good decisions. I try to keep my thoughts clean and always have that thought in my head of would I want to do this in the presence of Heavenly Father or Jesus Christ? I live my faith by example.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Kira Lynn
I do. President Thomas S. Monson is a prophet today just like Moses was thousands of years ago. I've asked my Heavenly Father in fervent prayer whether or not there was a prophet, and He testified to me that there was, and that it is President Monson. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Kira Lynn
Family is so important to Mormons because families are everything. In the eternities, families are able to be together, if they are sealed together in the temple, and live righteously in their lives on earth. My great grandfather is nearly 104 and is still alive. He's told me that the only important thing in life is family. He said he's watched all his friends pass away and all the things he knew 80 years ago and none of that's left and none of it matters anymore. "The only thing left is family. Family is everything." Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Kira Lynn
Yes! It is true that Jesus appeared in the North Americas after his resurrection. He appeared to the Nephites, showed them his hands and feet and side. While he visited these people in the Americas, Jesus shared the gospel and appointed Apostles. I have a firm, unshakable testimony that this is true, Jesus came to the people in America after he was resurrected. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Kira Lynn
It's different... well at least i think so from not being a Mormon. We have a standard of living as well as standards and principles that we try and live and live up to. Some people say that it's hard, but I find it pretty easy. Once your in a habit of doing something, it's hard to break that habit. It works for both good habits and bad habits. If you bite your nails, it's hard to stop biting your nails. If you live the Word of Wisdom, it's hard to stop living the word of wisdom. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Kira Lynn
Some things that tell me that there is a God is the sunrise and sunset. Have you ever looked up and seen bright oranges and reds mixed in with the lavender and purples? When I watch the sky, I see Heavenly Father's canvass, creating works of art for us to see. When I see a newborn baby, I know that there is a God. Babies are so pure and perfect. They have just passed through the veil, and I think that they might still see angels on the other side. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Kira Lynn
A testimony is a truth that Mormons know and share with others. For example If I were talking to you and a topic comes up, for the sake of the example lets say Jesus Christ, and I felt compelled to tell you what I believe about Jesus Christ, that would be my testimony. My testimony of Jesus Christ is that he is the literal Son of God and he is my savior and elder brother. He came to earth and lived a perfect life, and was sacrificed so that we might be able to repent and return again to our Father in Heaven. Jesus Christ was resurrected, and came to the Americas as well as the Holy Land. He is a perfect example of who we should model ourselves after. Show more Show less

Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?

Kira Lynn
All of them. The way I love my life is how I have been taught, and my parents taught me the teachings of Jesus. One story of mine stands out though. When I was young, I was the kid that all the bullies picked on. There was one young boy in particular that made my life so completely awful I was in tears many times. Well, I remembered that Jesus taught us to pray for our enemies, and so I did. I prayed for this boy. It felt good praying for this kid. I remember the Lord telling me that things would be alright, and you know what happened? I reached high school, and this kid mellowed out and I wasn't bugged by him any more. Doing as the Savior does really blesses my life. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Kira Lynn
Services happen every Sunday. They happen in a three hour block. The hours consist of Sacrament Meeting, Sunday School, and Relief Society/Priesthood. Visitors are allowed and encouraged to come. We love meeting new people and showing them what we believe and how we worship. All we ask is that visitors don't partake of the bread and water as the sacrament is given. The sacrament is when we renew sacred covenants we've made with our Heavenly Father, and since non-member visitors haven't made them yet, it isn't appropriate for them to partake. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Kira Lynn
The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets in the Americas, including men named Nephi, Jacob, Alma, Helaman, and many more. Each one of these prophets wrote on plates of metal, their teachings and goings on of their times. A man named Mormon was also an ancient prophet, and he took a bunch of the different metal plates that previous prophets had written, and abridged them into one book, written on golden plates. Mormon gave this book to his son Moroni, who eventually hid them in a hill. A couple thousand years later, a young boy named Joseph Smith was led to where the golden plates were hidden by an angel. He took the plates, and by the power of God, he was able to translate the writing from the plates into English. This translation was published and is now known as the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Kira Lynn
Heavenly Father is a God of love. He teaches us by example, giving us his Son Jesus Christ who is separate and distinct from Heavenly Father as well as prophets and apostles who give us the teachings our Father wants us to know. We believe the Godhead are three separate and distinct beings, which include Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. All three of them work together towards one goal, hence them being One. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Kira Lynn
The First Vision is when 14 year old Joseph Smith went out into the woods to pray, and Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him. Joseph Smith lived in a time when there was a lot of religious turmoil. Many faiths were trying to claim they were the one true faith and that he should join their church. Joseph wasn't sure which one he should join. He opened up the bible and read in James chapter one verse five, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." Joseph decided to ask God, and so went our into which Mormons call the Sacred Grove in Palmyra, New York, knelt down and said a prayer. The Father and the Son appeared to Joseph, the Father calling him by name, saying "This is my beloved Son, Hear Him!" The Father and Son proceeded to tell him none of the churches were correct, and that he should join none of them. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Kira Lynn
Only Mormons who are in good standing, which means those who can honestly answer a series of questions given to them by the bishop and receive a Temple Recommend can go into the temple. Just like you wouldn't want somebody who has mud on their boots to come into your home, Heavenly Father wants only those clean and pure in spirit to enter his House. Sacred ordinances are done in the temple including baptisms for the dead, endowments, and marriages. These things aren't secret, they're sacred. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Kira Lynn
When you are worried about something, don't you go to your mom or your dad here on earth? It is the same. Talk to your Father in Heaven, let Him know what you are doing, what you are thinking. Tell him your worries, your joys. Let Him be part of your life, and then he'll be part of your life. He'll share things with you too. My favorite is His love and His hugs :) Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Kira Lynn
We should have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Kira Lynn
 No. Definitely no. Mormons help anybody who is in trouble. We are just like any other people. Often during natural disasters, you will find Mormons helping to clean up. There were Mormons helping when Hurricane Katrina messed up Louisiana , There were Mormons helping in Indonesia and the other places where the tsunami hit in 2004. There were Mormons helping and are still helping in Haiti where the earthquake hit. There are Mormons helping out in the current disaster happening in Japan. We are always around to help those in need. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Kira Lynn
Faith is the belief, or trust in the truthfulness of a person, concept or thing. There is a primary song that many Mormons learn titled "Faith" in which the verse says 'Faith is knowing the sun will rise/lighting each new day./ Faith is knowing the Lord will hear/my prayers each time I pray./Faith is like a little seed/if plated it will grow./Faith is a swelling within my heart/when I do right I know.' Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Kira Lynn
No. The church encourages us to use our own judgment and vote for who we think is best for the job when it comes to all things political. Show more Show less