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 Brian

I grew up in Portland, OR and now live in California and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Well, I'm a middle-aged married man with two lovely daughters one that is married living in Utah and one that is single living in Beverly Hills. I enjoy a wide variety of things including alpine skiing, mountain biking, reading, and playing my guitar.

Why I am a Mormon

My LDS roots start at the beginning in June of 1830 with Hezekiah Peck. I am a cousin of Elder L. Tom Perry, one of the 12 Apostles living today. My parents taught me to read at an early age, I read the Book of Mormon at age 8 and felt drawn to it. In spite of this I still needed to develop my own testimony, which occured over the span of several years, primarily my teenage years. My mother was beset with many illnesses, not the least of which, was cancer. I remember coming home from school one day in my senior year knowing that she had undergone surgery, but expecting it to be just another routine surgery. My maternal grandmother had come over to stay with us and help out. When I pulled into the driveway I could see the stress in her face then turning to see my father crying in the house. I was told that she was expected to die within a few months. Showing a distinct lack of humility I knelt down to say my evening prayers and demanded that she be cured. I received no answer and no comfort even though I knelt for nearly an hour. This went on for another day until I finally found the humility to accept it was going to be "Thy will not mine". Several hours were spent on my knees in order to reach this point, but at the moment I finally surrendered my will to His the peace and assurance I had been seeking came. I knew that she would be healed, I knew that all I had been taught was true and that I had a loving Heavenly Father who actually cared for me as an individual.

How I live my faith

The most powerful testimony I can bear is how I live my life. I've spent countless hours helping those in need through both church and community service projects. I try to help my neighbors whenever they are in need. I've tried to raise two upstanding children that create no problems for society.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

No, that ended 120 years ago, anything you hear about today centers on groups that broke away many years ago. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

It's used to keep the church and it's programs running. Show more Show less