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 Rick Dalton

I was an "all American" youth, but got into drugs after high school. I'm a retired cop; now a teacher and coach. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My ancestors joined the LDS Church in 1840 in England, emigrated to the US and lived in Nauvoo, Illinois with the Prophet Joseph Smith. They suffered the persecutions of those years, crossed the plains with Brigham Young to Salt Lake City. That heritage didn't, though, guarantee that I would have the same faith and testimony. Raised in the Church from birth, I excelled in my youth, but didn't have a personal relationship with the Savior. In college, I made bad choices and ended up addicted to drugs, living on the streets of San Diego, eating out of dumpsters and living on the beach. One night in desperation, I prayed sincerely for help, and I felt the light and warmth of the presence of the Savior. I began the long hard process of returning to my family and my Church. Eventually I became active and faithful, finding a wonderful wife and building a family. I served for 20 years as a police officer, and recently eretired from teaching high-school history and economics, as wellas coaching baseball and softball. As I have tried to live the commandments and to get closer to Christ, He has blessed me with success. I now have 14 grandchildren. My wife died several years ago, but I know I will be with her again, because we were married for eternity in the Holy Temple of God. I play guitar and drums in a band, and love playing golf and traveling. I know God lives, and that Christ Knew my name, and yours, when He gave His life for us. This is his Church. You can know it to.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know this is Christ's Church. It possesses all the knowledge, authority and doctrines to lead mankind back into the presence of God from whence we came. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is truly the restored organization that the Savior Himself set up on the earth. As a practical matter, the teachings of the Church help me in my daily life, whether in my personal or professional life. Participation in the restored Gospel gives my life purpose and meaning. I left the Church as a young man, and lived outside it's protection. I returned consciously and intentionally. I have lived on the streets, felt lost and alone, but I have also felt the redeeming love and forgiveness of my savior Jesus Christ. That is what makes me somebody. He touched me, and made me whole. And through His church, He can help us all to live the lives and obtain the blessings he has for us. I invite you to find out about why so many millions have embraced the restored Gospel. I am a Mormon because the Church is not only the guide to eternal life, but it has the guidelines for everyday life. The problems, the joys, and the sorrows of life all have meaning and all make me a better person because I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I participate in my local and regional church organizations. I have been able to serve in various capacities, such as youth Sunday School Teacher, counselor to a bishop, scout leader and others. Each calling gives me more knowledge that God is indeed at the head of the Church, and that He directs it through a living prophet. Everything I do is shaped, guided and improved because of my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.