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.

Hi I'm Travis

I'm a husband and father of four. I'm a life-long learner. I'm a disciple of Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I live in Texas with our four kids. I work as a Business Analyst and enjoy the challenges of working to solve real-world business problems. We keep pretty busy with my work and chasing after our four little ones, but for fun we like to go on walks, relax with friends, and see the sites around town. After serving a mission for the Church in Guatemala, Spanish has become a big part of who I am. My wife and I speak Spanish around the home and enjoy hearing our little ones speaking Spanish and English. If you happen to know me, feel free to ask me questions. I love sharing what I have come to know as true!

Why I am a Mormon

The short answer is that I feel that being a Mormon, or living the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, makes me happy and gives me peace that someday I’ll return to God’s presence with my family. Life can be hard, but I find that the Gospel gives me the strength and joy I need. I grew up in a Mormon family and never really doubted the teachings of the Church. However, there came a time that I had to know for myself. I prayed to know if the Church was true and did all I could to discover the truth. I came to realize on my own that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's true Church. That realization did not come all at once in some marvelous religious experience, but rather little by little as I felt God's confirmation of the truth. Now I am more sure of this knowledge than I am about anything else in life. I have come to love God and His son Jesus Christ and their Church. I truly feel that every good thing in my life I owe to my membership in the Church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to follow Jesus' perfect example as best I can. I try to find ways to give service in the Church and in the community. I attend my church meetings on Sundays. As often as I can I tell others about the peace and joy the Gospel has brought to my life. I read the Bible, Book or Mormon, and other Scriptures to learn God's will for me and my family and I try my best to put into practice the things I learn. I know I'm not perfect...nobody is. But I try to do my best and help others along the way.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Travis
Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Everything in the Gospel points to God, His plan, and Jesus' atoning sacrifice. We often talk about Joseph Smith because God called him as a prophet, just like Moses or Noah from the Bible. God restored the truth about His plan for His children through the prophet Joseph Smith but we never pray to Joseph or in his name, or worship him in any way. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Travis
The Bible and Book or Mormon are similar in that they both contain God's word to us as recorded by prophets. The main difference is that the Bible was written by prophets living in and around the Middle East, near present day Jerusalem. Whereas the Book of Mormon was written by prophets living in the Americas during roughly the same time period. They are complementary books that both testify of Christ and support one another. Joseph Smith obtained the writings of the Book of Mormon from an angelic messenger of God. The prophets of the Americas wrote the word of God on metal plates because they knew that if they used another media their words would not be preserved for future generations. God gave Joseph Smith power to translate the ancient writings that we now have as the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Travis
For church we all try to wear our "Sunday best". Men usually wear slacks with a white shirt and tie or even a suit. Women most often wear a modest dress or skirt and blouse. As Mormons we celebrate most holidays that other Christian faiths celebrate, like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, etc. Christmas and Easter are extra special times to remember our Lord and Savior's birth, life, atoning sacrifice and His miraculous resurrection. We also participate in other cultural holidays such as Independence Day celebrations in the countries where we live. One custom that might be different for some folks is our respect for the Sabbath, or Sunday. Each Sunday we attend our church meetings and dedicate that day to worship the Lord. We normally don't go shopping, go to sporting events, or go out to eat. It's a special day that allows us to regenerate and recharge spiritually so we normally go out of our way to make it different from all the other days of the week. Other things that set Mormons apart are our strict adherence to what we call the Word of Wisdom, which is a law of health revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1833. The Lord has given us this law to keep us healthy and happy, so we abstain from alcohol, tabacco, tea, coffee, harmful drugs, etc. We also do our best to take care of our bodies by eating nutritious foods and by getting proper rest and excercise. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Travis
Growing up paying 10% of my money to the Church I always thought that God needed that money for His church. Now I know that God does not need our money, but He gives us the opportunity to participate in His great work. Tithing money normally goes to build and maintain meeting houses, temples, and other works the Church feels are appropriate. It's a small contribution that goes to bless the lives of many around the world. Show more Show less