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 Herb

Substitute Teacher , Elders Quorum President, Branch Sunday School President, Counselor to the Emergency Preparedness Specialist

About Me

I collect M:TG cards I have a small collection of German Movies a hobby I added after taking a German Cinema class Have a B.A. in English-Creative Writing Emphasis Was called "Brother Brigham," Brother Moses," and "Brother Jeremiah Johnson" by my former bishopric because of my beard. Attend the Marshall, MI Branch, a small group of dedicated LDS members who would love to share the many hats they wear.

Why I am a Mormon

In 1983 I married, not to the wonderful woman I'm with now, but another woman,and she was a member of the LDS Church. One Sunday near the end of June that year I met with Elders Hawker and Nelson. Though I was promised that they wouldn't invite me to be baptized on the first discussion, they did. I accepted, not because I was moved by the Spirit, but because I thought I'd give them a fair chance to talk and if I didn't like it, I'd cancel. As things worked out, I did like what they said and more importantly I had a personal revelation that confirmed to me that the Church was true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God (though for many years I was uncomfortable with the name "Joseph Smith" as it seemed too common for a prophet. After time that I realized that those O.T. names only seemed exotic in today's light; in other words, Abraham was the ancient equivalent of "Bob" or "Steve" or "Joseph"). On July 30th I was baptized into the Church. I can say with confidence that Joesph Smith was the first prophet of the Restoration. That the Book of Mormon is scripture and it testifies of the risen Christ. I know Jesus Christ is the Savior. I know Heavenly Father's plan for all of His children is to bring to pass their immortality and eternal life. I know that today the Church is led by Christ, that He leads it through our prophet Thomas S Monson. That through personal revelation anyone can have a testimony of Christ, of the restored Gospel, and our Heavenly Father's love for us.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through action. Faith without works is a dead faith unworthy of the Savior and of the believer. I volunteer in the community as a baseball coach for the U10 group. I help friends, neighbors, and family whenever I can with whatever they're in need of whether it's temporal or spiritual. As a family we say prayer every night, and bless our meals. As a family we discuss the Gospel and different aspects of it. My wife is not LDS, but we respect each other's beliefs and can openly talk about our thoughts and feelings. At work, as a substitute teacher, I use the respect and courtesy to teach students their lessons. The Gospel tells us that we are all Heavenly Father's children, equal in potential to become like Him, and in our strivings to follow the words of Christ, to be "perfect even as your Father in Heaven is perfect." And our perfection is found through the atonement of Christ, after all we can do.