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 Sheralyn

I live in Alabama. I homeschool. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a part-time student and a full-time mom with six great kids. I grow blueberries, figs, and scuppernongs (native American grapes) in my organic garden. I collect nativities from around the world and love bird-watching. My husband took me to a book store for one of our first dates. After 25 years of marriage, we still believe a family that reads together, stays together. Some of my favorite authors include Robert Heinlein, CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Rick Riordan, and Alison Weir. I work Sudoku puzzles, I love Harry Potter, and I keep up with my friends and family on Facebook.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a big Mormon family. Growing up, I attended six schools in four different states--Colorado, Arizona, Utah, and Texas. I saw a big difference between the way my family lived and the world around me. I love the peace I found in my home and Church and want that for same peace for my children.

How I live my faith

I belong to a tiny congregation (a "branch") in the rural South. I drive my kids 45 minutes each way to youth activities once a week. On Sundays I worship in a chapel that's ten minutes from my home. During the school year, I teach seminary, a daily 6 a.m. religion class, to local high school students. It's a joy to see these teens get themselves up early so we can study about Jesus Christ together. The way I live my religion in the privacy of my home is more important than anything I do in a public meeting or class. I've read the scriptures, either alone or with my children, almost every day since 1982. I find peace in frequent private prayer and pray with my family in the mornings and evenings.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

We have visitors at our Church meetings all the time! Most Mormons meet for three hours on Sundays, but because my congregation is so small, we only meet for two hours a week. In the main service we have three or four congregational hymns and two or more talks by members of the congregation. Visitors are welcome to participate in the Lord's supper Sacrament. We have separate classes for children and teens during Sunday School and later the men's and women's organizations meet. We love to have guests come and we keep extra copies of the scriptures and manuals on hand for anyone who might drop by! Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Mormons come from many cultures and live in many different ways. What connects us together is faith that Jesus Christ speaks to us today. We believe He wants us to love each other, to take good care of our families, and to avoid addictions that would hurt us and the people we love. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Ephesians 4:11-13 tells me that Jesus gave us apostles "Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ." I don't know about you, but I'm nowhere near perfect! If Jesus intended us to have apostles until we become perfect, I'm going to need their guidance and direction for a very long time! I'm grateful that Jesus loves modern people as much as He loved the people of His own time and that He cares enough to send us apostles today, just like the apostles who served Him in ancient Israel. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Donating humanitarian supplies isn't something the LDS Church only does in foreign countries. I've served as the president of our women's organization in my little congregation (my "branch") several times. As one of my duties, I was responsible for evaluating people's needs for groceries. I have personally delivered groceries and other supplies from the Church to non-Mormon individuals and organizations right here in my own small town. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Mormons believe in the Bible because we know the Bible is true. I love the Bible and read it to my children every day. We start with Genesis, reading the histories and stories, until we reach the end of the Acts of the Apostles. This takes us a little over a year. Then we start reading it all over again. When I read the Bible, whether alone or with my family, I feel the Holy Ghost confirm that God lives, that He spoke to prophets in ancient times, and that He loves people today just as much as He loved people then. Most importantly, the Bible is centered around Jesus Christ. The Old Testament is the record of His family history, and the New Testament is the record of His life. The Bible witnesses to us that Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of God and the only Way we can come to God. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

For reasons that we don't understand, some people have homosexual feelings. They are all children of God, no matter what their circumstances may be, and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. However, no matter how much same-sex couples love each other, their relationships are not real marriages. One of the biggest myths of our time is that men and women are essentially the same, that the differences we see between the sexes are caused by the way we raise children in our culture. This is flat-out wrong. Yes, men and women are equally intelligent and important. But biologists are finding more and more ways that men and women are different from each other. We have different emotions and different instincts--there are even measurable differences in the way our brains are shaped. This is what Paul was talking about in I Corinthians 11:11 when he said that "neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord." Men and women have different talents and strengths, and BOTH sexes are needed to make a true marriage. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

I have black family members. They are sealed in the temple to the rest of the family and have the same priesthood privileges as everyone else. Mormons of all races worship together in racially-mixed congregations because we're all part of the same human family, with the same spiritual needs. I look forward to the day when secular society learns to stop looking at skin color and sees that we are all children of the same God. Show more Show less