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 J. David

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just recently retired after 38 years as a teacher. My wife and I have 10 children and 34 grandchildren so much of our time is spent with family. I also enjoy traveling, gardening, family history and reading.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are members of the Mormon faith so I have been a member my whole life. Yet I had to find out for my self if I would believe and follow the faith of my fathers. I have studied and prayed and searched and can honestly say I am a member of this church of my own free will and choice. My feelings about the church and gospel of Jesus Christ are mine independent of any other. I can say for my self that I know God lives and is our Father, the Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer and that in these last days God and Christ appeared to a young boy named Joseph Smith and called him to restore the Church of Jesus Christ and translate the Book of Mormon. My family and I are blessed daily by our membership in this church and we experience God's kind and tender mercies in our daily lives.

How I live my faith

I attend our church meetings each Sunday. Currently I work with the leaders in our church unit to help them learn better how to minister to the members. I have an assignment to visit each month some of the families that live near us and and am privileged to enjoy their friendship and concern. My wife and I also serve in the temple. We try to read scriptures and pray every day. Once a month we fast for two consecutive meals. We donate a portion of our money monthly to the church. We have received a call to serve for 18 months as missionaries in Brazil. This will be the third time I have been able to serve in Brazil.

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

J. David
Both the church and the temple are so important in my life that they are more similar than different. In both we learn the gospel of Jesus Christ. In both we make sacred covenants with God. In both we participate in sacred ordinances. The church with its meetings and teachings is a preparation for greater understanding and commitment that comes from the temple. If that makes any sense to you then you will understand that while our churches are open to everyone, but the temple is reserved for those who have prepared and are ready for a greater commitment. And yet having been to the temple the weekly church sabbath experience is still essential and edifying for me. Show more Show less