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 Jake

I'm a husband, a father, a thinker, a college football fan, an avid reader, and currently a law student.

About Me

I grew up in Spokane Washington as the youngest of four boys. I met and married a cute girl from Idaho while in college at BYU and we have two children. I enjoy playing sports, reading books and being with family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ and have felt his spirit as I have participated in the church throughout my life. I'm a Mormon because I've read the Book of Mormon and believe it to be true. I'm a Mormon because I believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet called by Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon because I have felt the holy spirit day by day confirming to me that God lives, that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and that true happiness comes from following the teachings of the Savior. I'm a Mormon because I have tested this faith, tried its teachings and know for myself that it is true. Being a mormon is fabulous. We try to be good people. We try to eat right and take care of our bodies. We pray to God and read from the scriptures almost every day. We love our families and typically enjoy spending time together. We are united by our common beliefs. We are a very diverse group of people. We come from cultures all over the world. We have rich and poor, educated and uneducated, social butterflies and wall flowers. We feel very devoted to our local wards and stakes and we all put in time to help our local churches to operate so that we can worship together and draw closer to God.

How I live my faith

Most recently, I have been teaching new primary children during Sunday School. It can be tough to keep the attention of three year olds but I love their simple faith in Jesus and their desire to be good kids.

What is the priesthood?

Jake
The preisthood is the power and authority of God delegated to men on earth to accomplish the works, designs and purposes of God. We believe that Joseph Smith was called to be an Apostle of Jesus Christ, and that he was visited by the resurrected Peter, James, and John, three of the original Apostles in the New Testament, and that they conferred upon Joseph Smith the priesthood authority to organize and establish the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We believe that all priesthood authority must be conferred by someone holding the priesthood physically laying their hands on another and conferring that priesthood power upon them. However, we also believe that since this is God's power, and not man's that God will only work through those who are worthy to hold this sacred trust. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Jake
Joseph Smith was a prophet, which means to us that he was called of God and given priesthood authority. Joseph was not just a prophet, however. He was the first prophet called of God upon the earth following the apostasy of the Church of Jesus Christ upon the earth. We view Joseph Smith as we view Peter, James and John in the New Testament. He was the first man whom God called in our modern era to whom God gave his priesthood authority and revealed the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As part of his mission to restore the doctrinal truths that had been lost, God gave Joseph Smith power to translate an ancient record written by prophets who lived in America who believed in and were visited by Jesus Christ. This is the Book of Mormon. Joseph helped to establish the Church of Jesus Christ again on the earth according to the commandments he received from God. He spent his life sharing his beliefs, establishing communities where he and other church members could worship in peace, and revealing more and more to the people about who God is and what his plan is for us. Show more Show less

Why I am a Mormon

Jake
Being a mormon is fabulous. We try to be good people. We try to eat right and take care of our bodies. We pray to God and read from the scriptures almost every day. We love our families and typically enjoy spending time together. We are united by our common beliefs. We are a very diverse group of people. We come from cultures all over the world. We have rich and poor, educated and uneducated, social butterflies and wall flowers. We feel very devoted to our local wards and stakes and we all put in time to help our local churches to operate so that we can worship together and draw closer to God. Show more Show less