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Hi I'm Jordan

I grew up in New England. I served my mission in Oregon. I'm studying to be an engineer at BYU. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am many things: a student, a brother, a leader, an athlete, and a Christian. I have been studying to be a mechanical engineer at college. I want to be an engineer because I am an analytical person. I like to try to understand things and make sense of them in my mind. I like to figure out how things work and so I ask a lot of questions. I definitely am a thinker. I like to read, to see new things, to travel, and spend time out in nature. I think this comes from my youth. My family moved a lot when I was younger. We would live where there was work. But our family, trying to make memories, would drive cross country to visit our relatives and along the way we would see the most amazing things. As a kid, it opened my eyes to the fact that there is a whole world out there to see and everything is so new, exciting, and it is free for you to explore and enjoy. Like I said before, the most important thing to me is my family. I look back at all my memories and the strongest ones were of them. I knew that no matter what, they were with me. When I ran cross country, wrestled in high school, played sports, my family was there cheering me on. When I didn't know what to do, I could turn to my parents. If I wanted to feel accepted for being me, I have a family. My dad taught me the meaning of what it is to work. My mom showed me what it means to love. And my brothers and sisters, I can easily say are my best friends. I know I have been richly blessed to be given such strong relationships that I have always been able to and will be able to rely on. I know that through Christ that I can be with them forever. All families can be together forever through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. I grew up for the majority of my life on the East Coast and I always knew that we were a little different. My parents were from back West where the LDS faith has a large presence. Here though, not a lot of people knew who we are or what we truly believed, unless they knew someone who was of our faith. This fact alone played a large part why in high school I was labelled as 'The Mormon.' My faith was questioned frequently and challenged almost all the time. Some of the kids even felt like it was almost a game to see who would be able to make break, but I wouldn't. They didn't understand why I was striving to live the way that we do, clean, sober, honest, virtuous, etc. I think some may have thought it is too hard for them, or that it comes to us easily because it was the way we were raised. And in all reality, they are right. It isn't easy to live our standards. There were many times when I would question why I was doing what I was doing? Why did I have to be born into the church? Why couldn't I drink and party like everyone else did? Why did I feel like I didn't have a choice? Then it hit me... I did have a choice. But it was just such an obvious decision that I knew what I had to do without even really thinking about it. I choose to live my standards because not only did they protect me but they are there because they will help me to find happiness. This was the promise that I had received from my parents. This was the promise we had received from a prophet of God. And the more I followed His counsel, the easier it became to live it. Still I found, like all children do, eventually you have to learn things for yourself. You can not rely on your parents any longer. I had to find out for myself if this was what was right for me. I had thought that being obedient, being a good example, would be enough. I thought that if I told people that "I know that the church is true," would somehow eventually make it so. That some light in my head would come on and I would feel fine. But that is not how faith works. That is not how I came to know, but it was part of the process. One night as I was kneeling by my bedside, saying my nightly prayers, I began to listen. I heard myself pray. It sounded empty and artificial, repetitious. I thought about that and as I began to consider what I was doing and the questions I had, I felt my tiredness turn to guilt, guilt to questioning, and questioning into a desire to know. I started my prayer over, and as I poured out my soul to God, I promised him that I follow Him. I told him that I would serve Him and do whatever He would ask me to do, as long as I could know that I was on the right path. And as I prayed, I took up my scriptures and opened them up. I don't even remember turning the pages of that old copy of the Book of Mormon, and I am still surprised I could read anything through all the tears from my pleading and self-doubt. But I still can remember the feeling as the scripture that I needed at that moment stood out on that page. It was like there was nothing else even printed on there as I could hear the words flow through my mind. My mind and whole soul were comforted and I was filled with such peace that it is truly indescribable. From that point on, I knew with every fiber of my being, that it was true. I knew the church was true. I know that God lives. I know that He loves us. He loves us because we are His children, and as such we need His help. We need to talk to Him, pray to Him. And if we do so sincerely and in faith, He will answer us. It is because of this, that I have come to also know that the scriptures are true, that the Book of Mormon and the Bible are both the Word of God. Jesus is the Christ. Joseph Smith truly was a prophet called by God to once again restore once again the fullness of the gospel. And it is through that message that I have come to know that my family and I may live together forever some day because of Jesus Christ, my Savior. I am a Mormon because God has revealed to me through His Holy Spirit that it is true.

How I live my faith

I try to live my life by doing my best to live obediently, lovingly, and with charity. I try to see people not as strangers but as family I have temporarily forgotten. I try to treat them with the same respect and love a brother or sister would deserve, and hope that if I serve them with sincerity that might make a difference in their lives along with my own. I struggle at times with my faith but that is the key, I struggle. I don't lay down and give up, but I keep trying. The simple things can be the toughest though: reading your scriptures daily, praying,etc. Still, it is by doing those little things that I find I gain my strength to live a life of full of clean moral standards and honest hard work. I guess the best way to describe how I live my faith is one decision at a time, no matter how big they can be.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Jordan
Missionaries will want to share our unique message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The reason it is unique is because we not only believe that the Holy Bible is the word of God and that the events recorded therein truly did occur, but that those things still happen today. They will talk about the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They will talk about the pattern of prophets and revelation throughout time and how it has continued to this day. They will talk about how God still speaks from heaven, angels still visit the earth, and how scripture is has continued to be given. They will teach about the Book of Mormon and its role in helping you find out for yourself if our message is true by receiving personal revelation through prayer. The missionaries also talk about the Plan of Salvation, which answers questions about our purpose here in life, why we are here, where did we come from before this life, where do we go after we die, and explains how the answers to this question will help strengthen you and your family. The Plan of Salvation is centered around the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is our central message about how having a faith in Jesus Christ can change your life. The missionaries will explain exactly what is repentance and how do I do it. They will talk about baptism and its essential role in helping you begin to apply Christ's sacrifice and teachings more fully in your life. They will help you understand how the Holy Ghost feels and how to recognize its influence. And lastly, they will talk about how to continue to have these feelings and to live a Christ-centered life. The Commandments are also an essential topic that the missionaries teach because as we live the commandments we show our love and faith in Christ and his teachings. The commandments bring the Spirit into our life and give us strength and a spiritual wall of protection from temptation and sin. The missionaries will review many of the commandments with you that you may already know and then also introduce you to some that have been given to us here in these modern times. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Jordan
We believe that without grace we will utterly perish. The saving grace of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice is what makes the Atonement so beautiful, because our best efforts are never enough. Even the Saints, Mother Teresa, Buddha, Gandhi, all without grace, there actions, works, and faith would never be enough to help them back to heaven. Though it is by grace that we will all be saved from death... "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." 1 Corinthians 15:22... we must still have faith in order to receive the blessings of heaven. "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?" James 2: 17-20 It is with us giving our all that Christ can see that our faith is strong enough, and he empowers us with His Spirit. Our all and His all become enough. With grace and the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can be made perfect. "For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." 2 Nephi 25:23 The power of grace is not only in repentance but in its ability to bless our lives with the spiritual gifts. Grace in effect is not for only the sinner but the saint. None can make it back to heaven without first being made perfect through the blood of Christ. Show more Show less