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 Glenna Hepworth

I grew up in Michigan and now live in the Great State of Utah. I am a Latter Day Saint. I have been since 1989

About Me

I grew up in a non-religious home and yet found Christ early in life living next door to a non-denominational church. From high school I began to look for answers concerning the evolution of man, how we came to be and what would happen to us after death. I was adopted and lived most of my life as an only child. My grandmother lived with us, but I longed to have a family and a house full of joy and laughter. That was the foundation of my journey to seek out how to attain that and have it long after death. Having spent 10 years as a Jehovah Witness and even served as a Pioneer for part of those years, I still knew there was something critical missing. I began to catch the TV spots that spoke of "eternal families"; happy families and I began to hunt down the source for these blurbs that would appear here and there between shows. It was in 1986 I was able to finally connect the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to what I believed was the answer to my desires. In 1988 after moving to Arizona I found the church, the missionaries and the journey began. Today I am married to a marvelous man who is such a keystone in my eternal mission. His example in honoring his wife and family set him apart from many men today who have no idea how following the examples of Christ can cement a families values and morals keeping the kids safe from the hazards of this generation today. I love that we have a living prophet to guide and direct us today and we are a living church.

Why I am a Mormon

When you learn of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that there is a living prophet today who can help guide and direct your life using scripture and prayer, I was interested. After lengthy discussions with missionaries, finding the Book of Mormon and kneeling in prayer and receiving, without a doubt, a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel in it's fullness, I am a Mormon because the Holy Spirit testified to me that I found "home." I love the Savior. I know that we have a living prophet who leads us and directs us through the gift of the Holy Spirit. I can trust that he will not be allowed to deceive me, or lead me astray from the path my Savior chose for me. I am a Mormon because as Maroni 10:5 states "and by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." I do know.

How I live my faith

The road is not always easy, and the stumbling blocks are bigger than life itself at times, but if we have faith in the atonement we know the Savior make the way clear for us to follow his principles and guidance leading us in a path of happiness and assurance that we can be eternal families with a hope of eternity. The journey is worth the experience and knowledge. Live with the attitude of "returning with honor." Have no regrets for the example you sat today when you walked out the door or the things you said to those you spoke to. Listen carefully to the gift of the Holy Ghost, and of our Savior. Sometimes that may mean reevaluating our priorities. It definitely means that I live my faith through prayer and testimony. Dan has several emotional disorders. It presents daily struggles that often lead to chaos in our home. At 64 I had hoped for a much different life. I saw my life as a time to serve a mission to work more on genealogy and write family histories with a companion who also shared these same goals. Dan is a full time student in college and works part-time. With his emotional struggles and focus issues it became necessary to put aside my goals including my education. Over time it has led to resentment, anger, and a lack of faith. However, because of my testimony in the gospel I realize that as Mosiah chapter 7 vs. 33; tells me that "if ye will turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and put your trust in him, and serve him with all diligence of mind, if ye do this, HE will, according to HIS own will and pleasure, deliver you out of bondage." The Gospel hold the keys and answers to happiness. We hold the key to changing ourselves, not those around us. Only we can choose to trust God and let him work out our plan of happiness. Life here was never meant to be without challenges. Challenges are what mold us into the image of God. Without them we only progress so far. It is how we handle them that makes the difference.