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 Kami

I served hot dogs at Disneyworld. I've been married 11 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Before I became a wife and mother, I thought I was busy. I played the violin, danced, performed in musicals, travelled a ton (sat in airports a ton....yaaaay standby! :S), worked, took lots of hard classes, and enjoyed lots of time with family and friends. Busy, right? Not really. I married my best friend in 2000. Through the Lord's perfect timing, I finished up my student teaching three days before our first child was born. We now have seven hilarious and beautiful kids. Now I'm truly busy. This parenting thing - whew! - who knew peanut butter could end up so many places? And who knew one could accomplish so much on three hours of sleep? Amazing. :) Since starting our family, we've lived in Arizona, South Korea, Texas, Utah, Mainland Japan, Okinawa, and Idaho. My husband is a bat mammalogist (biologist/professor). We have many adventures as he teaches biology courses all over Asia. We have learned so much and have much to learn still. One of the several important things I have learned so far is that even when I'm busy, there is always the choice to take time to love and listen. Life is about relationships, experiences, and agency. The rest is just fluff. I am grateful for the Gospel, which continually directs us to the things that last.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because what I have discovered to be true is exactly in line with the Gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was actually born and raised in the church, but nobody can lean on their parents' testimonies forever. I had to find out for myself. I'm grateful for the gentle guidance the truth of the Gospel gave me growing up - it saved me a lot of grief. I am also grateful for the comfort the Gospel brings when bad things happen. The longer I live, the more I realize that NOBODY has a life that isn't touched by pain. Being a Mormon - having the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life - has saved me from being consumed by pain.

How I live my faith

I do my best to be a great neighbor and friend. I try my best to be thoughtful and attentive to everyone I speak to in my day-to-day. I serve in church callings. I try to teach my children good principles. I step back and decide to love even when there are times when it's hard to do so. I pray. I donate. Sometimes all I can share is a smile, but I do my best to share that often. I can't explain in much further detail other than I'm trying to be loving and serving and productive in all that I do. I'm trying to be like Jesus (as the Primary song says).

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Kami
Other than general fear of the unknown, I think the Church is sometimes called a cult because of how closely connected church members try to be with each other. We visit with each other, watch for ways to serve each other, etc. When I need help and my biological family isn't able to assist, I know I can call on my church "family" for extra help. There's also a general misconception about Joseph Smith. Some people think we worship him. That's not the case at all. We worship Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We appreciate and revere Joseph Smith as a prophet - just like we revere Moses and Abraham and Peter. I think another reason why the Mormon Church may be called a cult is because of the Temples. Not everyone off the street can go in - and what goes on in there is relatively unknown to those who aren't familiar with the Church. That feeling about the unknown often coincides with the word "cult." Covenants (promises) with Heavenly Father are made in the Temple. These promises are sacred. (not secret - sacred) Think of your most special, heartwarming moments. Part of the sweetness of those moments is the fact that they are personal to you - and often shared with people you love. Those thoughtful journal entries - those quiet conversations - those moments sitting in the middle of nature and just listening.... That's what what goes on inside the Temple is like. It's special, thoughtful, and personal - sacred. Show more Show less