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 Summer L.

I'm a wife and a mother with passion for theater and education. I live with my husband and two daughters in Japan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from college with a degree in Theater Education and my biggest audience is my husband and daughters. I love everything about theater, from being on stage to behind the scenes. I love sharing stories with others. My husband is a math teacher, so he makes up nicely in those scholastic areas that I lack in. I feel so blessed to be able to stay at home to raise our children while also being able to volunteer at our local high school directing the school plays. We live overseas, far from family and so many familiar things. But I am so thankful for the support I find in the church. I have an instant family wherever I go. No matter the language, country or culture, we are all God's children.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church, but staying in it was definitely my own choice. At many crossroads of my life I have turned to the Lord in prayer and found peace and understanding through His Spirit. I have felt the confirming witness of the Holy Ghost that the things I have learned in my youth are true. I would like to share one experience about this. My two sisters died in infancy from SIDS (crib death). I was almost 3 years old when my first passed away. I remember my parents taught us about Jesus and His death and resurrection, and how that makes possible our resurrection, even my sister. They taught us that God wants our families to be together forever, and how my parents had been married for time and all eternity in the temple. I knew then that these things were true. When my second sister died I was 10 and perhaps grieved a little more, but the Spirit testified to me that she was not lost to us forever. It was the greatest comfort and peace to our family. I know that Christ lived and died for us, and that on the third day He rose again, conquering death and making it possible for us to return to our Father in Heaven. Living the gospel has brought me every great joy in my life. It has answered important questions about my purpose and my Heavenly Father's love for me. I know I am His daughter, and that He has a plan for me.

How I live my faith

Everyday is an opportunity to live my faith in Jesus Christ. I'm not perfect, but I try to follow His example. I pray and study the scriptures daily. I look for opportunities to serve as Christ did. I remember that my greatest opportunity to become like Christ is by nurturing my family in the gospel. I serve in the women's group in our church, teaching and serving my fellow sisters. It has been a challenge for me and such an amazing opportunity to learn and grow. I am constantly amazed by the talented, intelligent, faithful, and dedicated women I meet in the church.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Summer L.
In the Book of Mormon there is a phrase that describes the people who live the gospel. It says that they "lived after the manner of happiness." I believe that to be completely true. It doesn't mean that bad things don't happen. But when we live the principles of the gospel, we can have the Holy Spirit with us and be strengthened and comforted in trials. As to more specific lifestyle choices, it's easy to list the things we don't do; we don't drink, smoke, swear, dress immodestly, gamble, watch immoral entertainment, and other things. But I think it is more important to recognize the things we do try to do regularly; we do pray, study scriptures, spend time together as families, attend church every Sunday, serve in the Church in various capacities, serve in our communities, keep God's law of chastity, keep our bodies from from harmful and addictive substances. We choose to follow Christ's example of loving God and our neighbors. Show more Show less

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

Summer L.
Absolutely yes. I remember being asked a lot about this in high school and when I served a mission. There is a scripture in the Book of Mormon that answers this best. It says, "We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." (2nd Nephi 25:26). I know Jesus was the Firstborn of the Father, the Only Begotten in the Flesh. That He lived a sinless life on this earth, suffered and died for our sins, and then was resurrected. His perfect sacrifice makes it possible for us to repent and become clean, that we might return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less