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Hi I'm Liz

I live in Missouri. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Family: I married the man of my dreams and together we had four beautiful children. I am incredibly blessed. Education: I began my college career as a vocal performance major but found my true passion in comparative history and languages. Hobbies/Interests: OH how I love to read! History books/historical novels are obviously my top favorite subject to peruse in the library, but I also love Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, James Herriott, and the comic strip "Fox Trot".

Why I am a Mormon

At first, I was a Mormon because my parents were Mormon. They were both Methodists in their youth and later joined the LDS church as adults, before I was born. When I turned 8, I was baptized. This gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in the faith, to "try it on" so to speak. I attended primary, seminary, college religion classes, and I spent a great deal of time studying the scriptures on my own. In addition to study, I had to practice what was being preached at me from the pulpit, especially from the Prophet, if I was truly to "try it on" so I did, and with very positive results. I saw myself becoming steadier and more in control of myself over time. My temper was more manageable, my patience with my children more constant, and my love for others expanded. I found greater happiness in my life when I truly began to live what I was being taught, and when I studied the scriptures in earnest, both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, I felt a familiar peace, the same peace I feel when I watch a breathtaking sunset, or when I hold a sleeping child in my arms. And when I attended the temple for the first time, I found that familiar peace in abundance there. My understanding of the scriptures and of the world around me increased. There was less confusion, a greater sense of purpose. So.... You'd think that would be enough, but it wasn't. There are many good people of many different faiths that I know personally who strive to live good lives. What do Mormons have that I need and that I couldn't get anywhere else? There were two experiences I would like to share that answered this question for me. As a young adult attending college, I wanted to know if what I was being taught in church was true, or only partly so. I was ready to leave the church and join another, if that's what the Lord wanted me to do. I decided I would attend the upcoming general conference in Salt Lake City, in person, and see for myself if the man I called a Prophet was truly the Lord's Prophet and not just a nice old man with a following. So I prepared for that day through fasting and prayer and by studying the Bible daily. Soon I made the long trip to Salt Lake City and attended conference in the tabernacle. When the Prophet entered, my heart leapt and I started to cry. I was filled with joy! That familiar peace was there. I knew my prayer had been answered. Later that day, during the final session of conference, I was seated in an auditorium trying to listen to the speakers, but I was so tired I kept nodding off it was a long drive from my home to Salt Lake City. I was in such a stupor I no longer heard what was being said. Imagine my surprise when I suddenly woke up, tears running down my face, not knowing why. I sat up, rubbed my eyes and saw the Prophet giving his closing remarks. The spirit stirred in my heart I felt a comforting warmth and joy, confirming to me AGAIN, unexpectedly, that this was the Lord's prophet. I was deeply astonished and profoundly grateful. The second experience occurred about five years ago. I had many questions about Joseph Smith. I'd heard so many conflicting reports about him that I didn't know what to think. I decided to find out for myself. I felt I needed to use as my research only that which Joseph himself had written, not what others had to say about him, be they positive or negative. I wanted to know what he had to say for himself. I read the Doctrine and Covenants and his personal history. I also studied the Bible, to see if what Joseph was saying was in harmony with it's teachings and with the spirit of the Lord. I kept a record in my journal of what I felt at the time. Here is my final summary from my journal in April 2005: "Now we beseech you...that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled...as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first..." - 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 So we know there would have to be a falling away in the church before the second coming of Christ. Can a living branch be taken from a dead tree? Can a Restoration of what Christ gave in person be achieved w/out additional contact from Him? Can a true interpretation of the Bible be achieved without divine guidance? The Christian world does not currently agree on how to interpret the Bible. Who is right? Can the COMPLETE gospel of Christ be maintained, as a church, without a prophet to guide it? Has that ever been the case? I could not find an example of the church w/out a prophet in the Bible. If Christ's mission was completed after his death and he was never to return until the end of time, why did he appear to Stephen? And to Paul? This occurred AFTER the Holy Ghost was given to the people. Persecution and ridicule are not indicative of a person's rightness or wrongness. See Christ himself! I've heard it said that the different Christian churches are all parts of the body of Christ. Paul said "If the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?" If the different Christian denominations cannot agree on what the Bible teaches, how can we live the gospel correctly? The teachers of the Lord's gospel HAVE to agree! He didn't mean two or more opposite things when he had his prophets write His words down. How could He sanction the teaching of opposing principles within his own organization - created to teach his children what he wants them to know and understand, not what we THINK he wants us to know and understand? As I've studied the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, and other writings of Joseph Smith, I don't see how Joseph could have written these things from his own genius. He didn't have the time, even if he'd had the talent. The Book of Mormon was written in about 4 months. It was published in his lifetime. He received no riches, no prestige from the world. He was imprisoned for what he did. The people would have left him alone if he would have denied it. He could have gone quietly home to his family. He gave his life for what he believed in and would not deny any of it. Why would he do that? I've read his writings. He doesn't sound mad. Listen to crazy people in the media - they sound disturbed. Joseph does NOT sound that way. Was he deceived? Look at the fruits of his labors: What does the Book of Mormon do? It testifies of Christ, I feel the spirit when I read, and it uplifts me and humbles me in short, it makes me want to be a better person and serve others like Christ did for me. Are these Satan's aims? Why would he plant it in the heart of Joseph to provide a testimony of Christ? Continued revelation from the Prophets has not added confusion, but rather has opened up the scriptures to my understanding, like being able to take several steps back from a puzzle so one can make more sense of the pieces in relation to the picture on the box. I do not believe it is a question of "all" or "nothing", "all" being one faith, and "nothing" being everyone else. It's a question of "nothing" meaning NO faith, "something" in it's varying degrees of faith, and "everything" meaning the COMPLETE gospel of Jesus Christ as personally organized and overseen by Him and his anointed servants, as it was in biblical times. So it would appear that I have everything.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by learning all I can about the Savior and then going and doing what I know He would do. I think the following scripture sums it all up quite nicely: "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." James 1:27

Are Mormons Christians?

Liz
Yes, faithful members of the Mormon church are Christians. "By this shall all men know that ye are MY disciples, if ye have LOVE one to another." -John 13:35 "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." -Matthew 7:21 According to the Savior, when I strive to love others and follow Him, I am a true Christian. Show more Show less