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 Tony

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born and raised near Los Angeles, CA, I now find myself living just outside of Boson, MA. I love the East Coast (though I still firmly declare myself an L.A. sports fan). Married with three beautiful little girls, I enjoy being a husband and father and strive to spend all the time I have with them. Between my responsibilities as a technical consultant and a part-time college instructor, my passions have always revolved around writing and reading literature. As a result, I start my PhD in Literature & Criticism in the Fall 2010 where my family and I will be residing in western PA for the next three to five years as I complete my degree and prepare myself for a career as a college literature professor and full-time writer.

Why I am a Mormon

I haven't always been part of the LDS faith. I actually grew up Roman Catholic and had plans to become a Catholic priest as I finished high school at a well-known Catholic high school in west Texas. It was in my senior year of high school that I met a wonderful Mormon girl who maintained a very high standard of morals and principles...I was instantly impressed. While dating, she gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon with her personal testimony written on the inside cover. And then she gave me the solemn promise that she would only marry in one of Lord's Temples. The funny thing about my conversion was the fact that I wasn't even looking for another faith. I was completely happy in the Roman Catholic faith and had no desire to ever change. However, what I did have was an obligation to the truth...so I decided to do some research and found that THIS was the only Church to boldly tell me, "Don't take our word for it...confirm these things with the Lord." So that's exactly what I did... As I read the Book of Mormon and was taught the Gospel, I took these things to the Lord. I had an obligation to confirm that these things were (are) truth, and I declare that I received answers to my prayers. Nothing spectacular. Just small, subtle whisperings and living the principles of the Gospel that eventually confirmed the truth of these things to me. Nothing will ever, ever shake my faith from this Church. I firmly believe and declare that this IS the ONLY true Church on the face of the earth that contains the complete truth to enable us to return to our Father in Heaven. Now, with that said, there are some great churches out there that have some great people in them...there are some wonderful Christians that live a worthy Christ-like life. I'm not trying to discredit any of those people...but what our Church has is the only true priesthood authority to act in God's name...the only true authority to baptize and receive the Holy Ghost...and to seal marriages for time and all eternity. Never before have I experienced a love for my God as profoundly as I have in this Church...prior to being Mormon, I could only spiritually progress so far...now that I'm a member of the true Church, I have the blessings of the full Gospel to enable me to progress and grow spiritually as I never have before. I have researched and found that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has every element of Christ's Church in it...it is complete. And to this, no other church can declare the same... If you're reading this, I strongly urge you to do the same I have done...you have a moral obligation to the truth. Take a copy of the Book of Mormon...study it side-by-side with the Holy Bible...there is no contradiction. They both teach of Jesus Christ and testify of Him. Study the teachings of the Gospel...pray about everything you receive...and I promise, you WILL receive a confirmation that this Church is true.

How I live my faith

Since my baptism in August 1991, I have been very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A few weeks after my baptism, I was assigned to be the Gospel Principles teacher...and since then I have accepted every calling since then. A year after my baptism, I submitted my papers to be a missionary and was fortunate to serve the Lord for two years in the Indiana Indianapolis Mission. This was, by far, the most spiritually educational experience of my life and prepared me for callings to serve and teach the children, the youth and many others over the years since then. In addition to the Church callings I continue to fulfill for the Lord, I also find it extremely rewarding and fulfilling to serve in various community service projects in and outside of Church. When I'm serving, whether it's a hometeacher or in a service project, I find my life so much more fulfilling and feel so much closer to my Savior. One of the many things I find so impressive about our Church is the fact that we have NO paid ministry. Everyone volunteers their time and talents for the good of the Lord's work and service. I wouldn't have it any other way...

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

I personally don't "donate" anything...I simply return to the Lord 10% of my income. The money that I make is not mine...it came from the Lord. All of it. Every single penny. And as I have done so, I have blessed with everything that I have ever stood in need of. Miracles do happen in this present day...and if you don't believe me, simply practice the Law of Tithing and you will see first-hand the promise of the Lord being fulfilled in your own life to bless you beyond measure... Show more Show less