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Hi I'm Andrea

I'm a nurse, a convert, and a mom of four. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to garden, travel, read, and blog. I am a mom to two boys and two girls. I like being busy but nothing beats hanging out at home with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a broken home. I knew from the time I was a very young girl that I wanted something different for myself when I grew up. Around the time I was 13 I moved to a different state to live with my dad. He had remarried and his new wife had an aunt and uncle who were Mormon. I hadn't heard of Mormons before I met them, but from what my dad told me, Mormons took their convictions pretty seriously. I spent a lot of time with my step-mom's aunt and uncle that summer. I watched the way they were committed to being Mormon, to going to church every Sunday, to having family prayer every night. I went to church with them on occasion, mostly out of obligation. Their family was preparing for a cross-country job transfer. At their going away party, my step-mom's aunt grabbed her friend, who was a youth leader in the area where I lived, and said, "This is my niece, Andrea. Get her involved in the church." I was a little stunned when her friend offered to pick me up for a youth activity the following week, but being new to the area and not having a reason not to go, I agreed. I spent the day with a fabulous group of youth, none of whom I had met before, but who acted as if we were old friends. The warmth I experienced from that group of Mormon teenagers that day was amazing. I came home an announced to my family that I wanted to meet with the missionaries. The missionaries in our area were two young sisters and they called the next day. They came to my house over six weeks and taught me about God's loves us, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, the restoration of Christ's church through Joseph Smith, living prophets on the earth today, and temples and eternal families. I listened, and as the sisters taught me about the gospel they encouraged me to pray about what they were teaching me. They taught me not to rely on their testimonies of the gospel, but to find out for myself if what they were teaching me was true. I had seen the commitment Mormons have to their religion, so I knew that accepting the gospel was not something to be taken lightly. Still, I wasn't sure exactly how to "pray about it." It all made sense to me, but I knew I had to KNOW if it was true if I was going to be baptized. I had been regularly attending early morning religion classes and youth activities and had become good friends with the other youth there. One night I shared how I was feeling with a friend as she was dropping me off after youth night. I told her how I wanted to KNOW if what I was being taught was true. She told me to talk to my Heavenly Father and tell Him what I was feeling, to ask if the gospel as I had been taught it was true. So I did. I will never forget the feeling that came over me that night as I knelt beside my bed. It was a feeling of warmth, of light, of peace. It was such a lovely feeling that I remember thinking that I didn't want to fall asleep in case I never felt like that again! I knew that God knew me, that he loved me, and that what the missionaries had been teaching me was true. I told the sisters the next day that I wanted to be baptized. Living the gospel has not always been easy, but it has most definitely been worth it. The "something different" that I wanted for myself as a little girl was found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. From the beginning, I felt "home" in the Mormon church. Accepting the gospel does not guarantee, however, that life will be perfect. I love that the teachings of Jesus Christ help me to improve each day, to be a better wife, a better mother, and a better me. The doctrine of eternal families was one that resonated with me the most when I learned about the gospel. Through our faithfulness, families can be together forever.

How I live my faith

I've spent the last several years serving in the youth program of the church in various capacities. I've taught Sunday lessons to young women ages 12-18, planned mid-week activities and conferences, and organized reports for other youth leaders.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Andrea
I don't know that there's one certain way to describe Mormon women. We are unique as individual daughters of God. We come from different backgrounds and have different personalities. Some of us are single, some are married, some are stay-at-home moms, and some work outside the home. We are a part of the Relief Society, a worldwide women's organization whose motto is, "Charity Never Faileth." We put much effort into doing all that we can to strengthen our homes and families. Mormons absolutely believe in the equality of men and women. There may be some confusion about this issue because worthy Mormon men hold the priesthood, but women do not. However, this does not mean that men are superior to women. By divine design, husbands preside in the home and together with their wives, form an equal partnership in raising their family. Show more Show less