What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

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 Ian Roux

Born & Raised in South Africa, I'm grateful to be a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, and father to 2 loving boys. We were all born in South Africa,

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in a part member family, the difference in lifestyles and beliefs between my parents was glaring. My mother patiently would endure persecution for her beliefs, but yet always taking the children with her to church despite the upheavals it caused in the home. As a teenager, I had many friends from other faiths, and would enjoy going to their church youth nights, listening to many sermons from many pastors. Sometimes friends I was with would tell their pastor that I was a Mormon, and this would stir up great anxiety and resentment for my beliefs, many times being told that if I was not "born again", I would go to Hell. This puzzled me greatly as a teenager, that I was the one feeling the inner peace with were I was spiritually, and the Pastors were the ones showing contempt for my beliefs afterward saying that they would pray for me. While pursuing studies & a career in my later teens & early twenties, I was what you would call "a Dry Mormon", religion was important, but not that important, kinda luke warm. I remember a day in my early twenties, when of my work colleague invited me to bible study class, which I duly accepted. I felt that something was lacking within these classes, what discussed seemed shallow and random in belief. It was then that I decided to find out for myself for the fist time that the Church and all its doctrines was true. This was one of the most painful and happy moments that have defined my life since that day, when I studied and prayed in sincerity to know if what I had been taught in my life up to then was in fact true. That answer came not by loud chanting or an angel appearing, as I may have expected, but by a warm peaceful feeling, that I can remember 20 years later.

How I live my faith

Faith is simple, do not live with expectations. Take each day at a time, live the law and commandments and trust that all will be well.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Ian Roux
Be the head of the home, spiritually and emotionally. Help your spouse as an equal in as many things as is required to make a happy home for all (including cooking, cleaning, changing diapers, disciplining children, laundry), and importantly providing for ones family physical needs. As Brigham Young stated: “You may say,” says Brigham, “‘If we live, we must eat, drink, and wear clothing’; and ‘He that provideth not for his own household, has denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel’; by 'providing' the same writer means 'food and raiment . . . and therewith content' numberless arguments of this kind will present themselves to the minds of the people, to call them away from the line of their duty.” Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Ian Roux
This website is one of them. Helping people share their personal experiences with anyone who wants to hear. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Ian Roux
It is both commandment and blessing. I have personal witness that the payment of tithes blesses us in many more ways than what the 10% costs. To my detriment, I have experimented with this principle far too many times. Pay your tithes if you want a prosperous and worry-free life. Pay in faith, and live in faith. Never expect rewards, your expectations may not be what the Lord has in mind for you. If we believe He is good, then we must expect chastisement that will make us stronger and more prudent. Show more Show less