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 Abby

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of three girls. I am a stay-at-home mom which also means I am a chef, doctor, teacher, friend, disciplinarian, maid, you name it! I am the first to admit that it isn't an easy job. But I cannot bring myself to do anything else because, for me, this is the most important job I can do. I love to crochet when I have a little time to be myself for a little while.

Why I am a Mormon

I was absolutely blessed with the most loving family, though imperfect we may all be. I have learned that our "family first" motto holds true when it comes to sticking together through thick and thin. I grew up with the influence of an atheist, a homosexual parent, and no religious foundation. My parents divorced when I was young which had a profound effect on my life. Now, as a wife and mother, I strive to do what is best for our family by following Jesus Christ. Several years before my baptism in 2009 I spoke with some mormon missionaries. I was never planning on really listening, however, even through my stubbornness there was something about the message that they were sharing that was truly amazing and I could feel God's love for me. It wasn't until 4 years later and getting frighteningly sick that the Spirit prompted me to seek out the missionaries again. When I did so, I couldn't help but soak everything up that they were teaching. I had several friends in the church so it was easy to talk to them and ask them my questions. They were so willing to help me without pushing me to do what I didn't want to do. However, I didn't even think about being baptized until the missionaries invited me to do so. When they asked me to enter the waters of baptism I will never forget the great feeling of peace and love that washed over me even though I was a little scared. After telling my family members one by one, they grew to accept what I was doing. Some certainly tried to talk me out of it, but I already knew what God wanted for me, and that was to be baptized into His church. Great joy filled my heart when I saw each of their faces walk into church to be at my baptism.

How I live my faith

After being a member of the church for a short time I realized that much of what I say about the church isn't heard by those I love but it is by what I do that is heard and seen. I live my faith by trying everyday to love my family, friends, and fellow men. I have taken risks to be where I am - married in the temple where my only family that was present was a distant relative, I stopped schooling to have children having adopted one of our children - just to name a couple. I live day by day studying the scriptures and listening to living prophets and apostles and make the necessary changes to my life that always result in coming closer to God and being not just happy, but joyful.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

This was an important question that I had when I was learning about the church because my Mom is gay and married her partner. It was important for me that I need always accept her and love her. The churches views on homosexuality can be found in the Bible. It states that marriage is between a man and a woman. A friend said it to me best, she said, "The church does not support same-sex marriage, but we do support families." That was all I needed to hear. Even though I am a member of this church and I do believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, I still love my mom and her partner. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Yes! The Bible (The Old Testament along with the New Testament) is Holy Scripture. And we read it along with The Book of Mormon. However, The Bible has been through generations of people translating it, so we believe it as long as it's translated correctly. We are so fortunate to have The Book of Mormon (another Testament of Jesus Christ just like The New and Old Testament in the Bible) because it has been translated just once by Joseph Smith by the power of God! The Book of Mormon also helps to understand better The Bible. What a great blessing both books are. Show more Show less

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

Yes! There is a living prophet on the earth today. A prophet like Moses and like Abraham and like any prophet there is! God loves us so much, especially in this time (it has been prophesied by many prophets in The Bible and The Book of Mormon that the latter days would be full of wickedness) that He would never leave us alone when we need a prophet the most! I learned that President Thomas S. Monson was a prophet when I watched General Conference (a conference where the prophet and the apostles speak to the members of the church that is broadcast to all over the world) for the first time in April of 2009. As he spoke I felt such a great feeling of peace and happiness. I knew then that Heavenly Father was telling me that this man was the living prophet on the earth today, just like the prophets of old, like Moses and Abraham. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Christians are people who believe in Christ. Mormons are Christians. We believe in Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of our Heavenly Father and the Savior of all mankind. Only through Christ can we return to Heaven and be with our Heavenly Father again. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

First of all, the missionaries are friendly and aren't pushy or threatening. All they want to tell you about is Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. They want to share with you about the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Meaning, this church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) is the very same church that Jesus Christ himself brought to the earth when He was here. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

As a parent, I can't imagine loving only one or two of my children and not caring about the rest. In this same way, God loves all of us, because each of us is his child. So why would He ever want just a fraction of his children to live with him again? Not only does He want you and me to return to Him, but He wants every single person who has ever lived on the earth to return to Him. He loves each of us. But it has been said that in order to return unto Him that we must first be baptized (John 3:5), it's necessary to have a body in order for this to happen. This is why we go to the temple, to do proxy baptisms or rather, stand in the place of those who no longer have their body and be baptized for them. It is something that must be accepted by them as a spirit. Everyone will be baptized, and whether or not they accept it is up to them, nothing is forced. I love that God has allowed for us to do this. We each have ancestors that would have accepted the truth had it been restored to the earth in their lifetime, and through this scared temple ordinance can they have the opportunity to accept the Gospel and return to our loving Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Joseph Smith is not someone we worship or pray to but it someone that we greatly respect. He was a prophet and a man. I enjoy studying about his life and the more I learn the more I respect the man Joseph Smith. He sacrificed so much for what so many believe to be a book of fabrications. He was tortured, put in prison on numerous occasions illigally, his family suffered and all who associated with him were persecuted. I cannot believe a man would sacrifice so much for a fabricated story, but in fact, sacrificed all that he had, even his life, for the restoration of the church of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

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

When my daughter was born I couldn't help but be amazed at how perfect her tiny little body was. Everything was there; 10 fingers and 10 toes, hair and nails, and beautiful eyes. I thought, "There are so many things that could have gone wrong when she was in my belly; her skin, eyes, hair, fingers, toes, limbs, organs, blood, senses, mouth, everything could have had a problem with it, but none of them did. In fact, it's not commonplace that a baby is born today with severe problems." I couldn't see how anyone could look at a baby and think it was not a miracle from God. For example, if you took a Rolex watch apart and put the over 100 pieces into a bag and shook the bag do you suppose there would ever be a time when every piece would fall into place and you open that bag to find a fully constructed watch? It would never happen! For perfection to happen in this world of constant chaos it requires a miracle that only God can provide. So, evidences of God's existence are everywhere you can look, but it's up to you to look long enough to see. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

It is only through the grace of God that we can live with him again, but what separates Mormons is that we also believe that what we do in this life matters, "it is by grace we are saved after all we can do" (2 Nephi 25:23). Although it is only through His grace that we can return to Him, our exaltation solely depends on us and what we do in this life. What is exaltation? Well we know through revelation that there are many different levels of Heaven that will suite almost everyone. It makes sense that way. What if someone was a good person in this life? What if they donated to charities and helped the poor and gave of their substance so that another might have comforts, but this person was not baptized into God's church? Even though they made many good choices in their life does not getting baptized mean they will go to Hell? Does it make sense that they would? Absolutely not! There are different kingdoms in Heaven where glory defies all description. Good people will go to Heaven but might be in a lesser kingdom as opposed to the good person who was a member of God's church and partook of all of the ordinances possible who might be in the highest kingdom. God has room for all of his children but it depends on us which kingdom we will go to. For clarity, we do believe in Hell, but few people will go there for it is a place for those who, after gaining a knowledge of the Savior, deny him and deny the Spirit. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Jesus Christ is central to the church and only through him can we return to our Heavenly Father. Jesus Christ lived a sinless life full of charity and example that we must follow. We know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who was sent by His Father to live and die for us so that we might repent and be baptized in His name. I belong not to just any church, but His church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Simply put, Mormons believe that God has restored the church that Jesus Christ set up when he was here 2,000 years ago through the prophet Joseph Smith. This restoration of the Gospel was prophesied by the Apostle Peter in Acts 3:19-21. We believe that after Christ and the apostles died the authority to act in God's name left the earth and then began the time time of the Great Apostasy that helped create many different churches and different ways to interpret the Bible. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has the original organization that Jesus Christ set up when he was here. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

As the Savior taught, we must "teach all nations" (Matthew 28:19) but I find it hard not to talk about it! Have you ever loved something so much that you want to share it with others? Right now, my husband and I have adopted a vegan diet. We have been so successful and love it so much that we tell everyone we can about the health benefits and how it can change their lives! Sharing the Gospel is similar in that, we love it so much we can't help but want to share the good news of the restoration of God's church. Missionaries spend their own money and time to travel far to live in very humble conditions to share something they hold so dear. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

It is not easy to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In fact, it's a lot of work. So the fact that the church is growing rapidly isn't because people want to dabble and not be serious about it. The church is growing because it is simply the restored church. Once people really want to learn who mormons are they find that what we believe just makes sense. At least, that's what I thought before I joined the church in 2009. If you've read the Bible you'll find that everything taught in the church supports everything taught in the Bible. When you speak with the missionaries you will find that they can easily provide answers to the most difficult questions; Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going when I die? Will I ever see my family again? You can be certain that the answers to those questions will bring great happiness to your life. And that is why the church is growing, because it makes people happy. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

The easiest way is to talk to your mormon friends, they can set you up with a set of missionaries who are volunteering two years of service to teaching what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to people like you. You can also find a link at the top of this profile called "request a visit," and some missionaries will be notified and come visit you. Once you learn more about the Gospel and gain a testimony, or pray and know the church to be the true restoration of Christ's church, and you live the way God has commanded us - by following the commandments, you can be baptized by a member of the church who has the authority given from God (most male members have this authority). It is only through following the commandments that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father again - as scary as the first step can be, to talk to the missionaries, I can tell you that it's worth it and they won't be as intimidating as you might think. In fact, the missionaries are the nicest people you'll ever meet! Show more Show less