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 Dave

I grew up in California, and study accounting at a university in Utah. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. When I graduated high school, I moved to Provo, UT to attend Brigham Young University. After my first year of studies, I left to serve as a missionary for the church in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I really found myself through that experience and returned home to continue school in Provo. I study accounting and am working on my master's degree. I plan to work as a CPA in public accounting when I graduate. I got married in Utah in 2008 to my best friend and we've been happily married since. I love to music including playing guitar and piano and I really enjoy the outdoors particularly snowboarding, fly fishing, golf, and hiking. I like technology and in my spare time I like improving my computer skills by learning various programs.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are Mormon so I was raised on those principles. When I was about 15 I really began to question the validity of the church. I would constantly ask myself: Is God really there? Does he care about me? How can I know? What is the purpose of life? Although I had been taught clear answers to these questions growing up, I couldn't just simply take their word, I had to ask for myself. How could I really know? After some serious reflection the idea of faith came to my understanding. I thought to myself that even if I don't know right now, I at least can believe or assume it's true and see the results that follow. In taking that step of faith, I began to act and live as if it were true, I read the scriptures daily especially the Book of Mormon, I prayed, I attended church and served others and I tried to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. In doing so, a major transformation occurred. Feelings of doubt and despair were replaced with hope and enthusiasm. I felt in my heart that things I was doing and living were true. I wanted to be a better person and I wanted to know more. That transformation has influenced the rest of my life. To this day, I continue to grow and find faith through the teachings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I would encourage anyone that has similar doubts to exercise faith and find out if what I now believe is true.

How I live my faith

Given my background in accounting, I've had a lot of recent opportunities to serve the local congregation as a financial clerk. This experience has been a win win because it is a way that I feel like I can serve others and at the same time work on my own skills and abilities. I also have several families that I visit on a monthly basis to share a spiritual message and look after their needs. My wife and I spend some time each day to read scriptures with each other and talk about what we learn.

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Dave
We believe that eternal life is the blessing of returning to live with God in heaven and it is the greatest of all of God's gifts to His children. Everyone can have the gift of eternal life, but they must be cleansed from sin through the Atonement of Jesus Christ in order to receive that gift. We learn in the scriptures that no unclean thing can dwell with God. Without the Atonement, we cannot be cleansed to return to live with him. Eternal life is different from immortality. All will have immortality because through Christ all will be resurrected, but only those who repent and live the gospel will have eternal life and live in the presence of God. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Dave
Tithing is used to fund the church. Most directly, tithing is given back to the local congregations so that they can use it for materials and fellowshipping activities. The church also uses tithing funds to build churches and temples. All church leaders volunteer their time, so tithing does not fund church leaders' salary. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Dave
God has glorified perfected body. We believe this because the Bible teaches us that we are made in the image of God. This is also confirmed through God's visit to Joseph Smith in what is often called the First Vision. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Dave
When Joseph Smith was 14 years old, he prayed to ask God which of all the churches at his time were correct. In response to his prayer, God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith. He was told that he should join none of the churches and that he would at a later time be the prophet to restore the true and full doctrine of Jesus Christ on the Earth again. Just like God appeared to Moses and taught him correct principles in Biblical times, He appeared to Joseph Smith in our day and age to restore His true teachings. This experience proves that God is the same yesterday today and forever. He reveals the same teachings today that he did through prophets in Biblical times. The First Vision is a miraculous demonstration of Gods power and love for us in modern times. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Dave
Modesty in dress and appearance places emphasis on the importance of chastity. Our bodies our sacred and we have to treat them with respect in how we dress. Avoiding modesty in dress will suggest that chastity is not important. Modesty should be taught in the home. Parents should help their children pick out their clothes and learn to speak and behave respectfully. Most importantly, parents should teach the children of their inherent worth as children of God. Knowing this will give children incentives to live modestly. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Dave
The Book of Mormon is a record of a people who lived on the American continent from 600 BC to about 400 AD. Although they were on the other side of the world, God taught them his gospel through prophets just as he did in the Biblical times. The ancient record of their history and God's teachings is available today because the prophet Joseph Smith was given the record and the means to translate it. The book is a companion to the Bible. Both are records of God's dealings and teachings with different people. We can read them together and learn what God wants us to know. We can find great direction from the Book of Mormon. By reading the Book of Mormon, one can gain a testimony of its truthfulness. By learning that the Book of Mormon is true one can also know that Jesus Christ is the savior of the world and that Joseph Smith was truly called by God to be a prophet in these modern times to restore Jesus Christ's true doctrine. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Dave
Absolutely. Why not? God has always called a prophet to lead His church and teach His doctrine. It is a pattern that has been followed since the beginning of time. Why not now? By listening to the Prophet today, I absolutely believe that he teaches the will of God just as Moses did to the Israelites. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Dave
The Church believes that homosexuality is a practice that is contrary to the commandments of God. The practice of homosexuality is a sexual sin like adultery or fornication. However, there are many faithful members of the church who have same-gender attractions. Emphasis in the church is placed on the sin and not those that have those temptations. God loves all His children especially those that have the challenge of same-gender attractions. The issues of homosexuality and same-sex marriage are important to the church because they question the nature of the family, which plays a critical role in God's plan. The family is designed and ordained by God so that a man and a woman can raise children. Both men and women each have divinely appointed roles in the home to fulfill God's purpose for families. Homosexuality and same-sex marriage is not conducive to these roles. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Dave
Polygamy has been allowed at various times to select people throughout history. This practice only exists when God commands it. For example, in Old Testament times David and Saul both had plural wives. For a period in the modern church's history there was also a period of polygamy. In the Book of Mormon we learn that sometimes God will give this commandment in order to raise children (Jacob 2:30). God's commandment has always been one wife unless commanded otherwise. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Dave
We can stop the spread and influence of pornography through education, self control and focusing on family values. Many people in the world do not understand the addictive and destructive power of pornography, by educating others we can shine line on its negative effects. Self control is really the only form of control. There are many ways and means to help prevent the usage of pornography, but when it comes down to it, the only way to avoid it is to have self control. Each of us has that ability and should use it to avoid pornography in all its forms. Lastly, family values will limit the effects of pornography. Children should be taught by their parents to avoid pornography. Parents should be an example of the true love that exists in the family. By demonstrating this true love, the perils of lust and pornography can be avoided. Pornography is destroying families everywhere. We should be aware of its effects and strive to restore strong family values in our society. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Dave
The Holy Ghost is a personage of Spirit. He does not have a physical body and that is why his influence can be felt in more than one place at a time. The Holy Ghost has a specific mission to testify of truth. Every person who seeks for truth from God can receive a personal witness of the Holy Ghost. Everyone can have the direction of the Holy Ghost but only those who are baptized and given the gift of the Holy Ghost by proper priesthood authority can have the constant influence of the Holy Ghost. Those who have this gift can receive direction on a day to day basis to confirm righteous decisions and deter unrighteous temptations. To maintain the gift of the Holy Ghost one must keep the promises made at baptism. When we fail to keep those promises we lose the guiding influence of the Holy Ghost until we repent. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Dave
Grace is absolutely a true doctrine. We believe that grace is a saving power available through the Jesus Christ's Atonement. Grace is available to all who repent. Of course we are not perfect and we will sin, but Jesus Christ as provided us repentance. If we have done all we can to repent, grace will save us. Without the grace through Jesus Christ's atonement there is no way that we could be saved. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Dave
Missionaries are asked to contribute a fixed amount for their living costs each month regardless of where they serve. When the missionaries do not have means to pay for their mission family members and other church members in the local area can contribute to the missionary's support. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Dave
Jesus Christ was a perfect example of love and service. By developing faith in Him, we want to follow his example and be kind and loving to all those we interact with be it family or friends. Jesus Christ also gave the ultimate sacrifice of his life so that we can be forgiven of our sins. Developing faith in Jesus Christ allows us to be forgiving of others' mistakes because he allows everyone to repent and come unto Him and be forgiven of their sins. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Dave
Absolutely. The Bible is the word of God and Holy Scripture. The Bible contains as does the Book of Mormon the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The other books that we consider to be scripture like the Book of Mormon do not diminish the scriptural nature of the Bible. In stead, all books of scripture teach the truths of God. We believe that God is the same yesterday today and forever who can and will reveal the gospel to all nations. The various scriptures that we have including the Bible are records of God's teachings to various people at various times but all teach the same eternal truths. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Dave
The most general definition of a cult is "followers of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices." Some people feel that our practices and beliefs are exclusive in that only a select few can participate in our faith. This is completely not true. We invite everyone to participate in our religious beliefs and practices and everyone is allowed given that they meet certain requirements. None is excluded from such practices but there is an order to all things. It is the same idea that you must first complete grade school before entering college. Just because there are prerequisites for some of our religious practices does not mean that they are exclusive. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Dave
No. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do not practice polygamy. There are other organizations who practice polygamy that are not affiliated with our church and sometimes call themselves Mormons, hence the misconception. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Dave
We believe the family to be the single most important structure in this life. The family is the place ordained by God for children to be raised, nurtured, and taught correct principles from a loving mother and father. The teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ can unite families and bring peace and harmony in the home. As a husband I have experienced how my wife and I strengthen our relationship by studying scriptures, attending church, and praying together. Show more Show less