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 Dave

I was born in Denver. I am the father of six children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Wellsville, Utah. I am married to a wonderful girl and am a father of six wonderful children. I am 60 years old and work as an Investment Advisor. I recently attended college again to achieve two master’s degrees. I've lived in many places including the Philippine Islands US Navy, California, the UK, and Idaho. I served a mission for the Mormon Church in Illinois. I love to learn about ancestors. I take walks every day and love the outdoors. I am interested in monetary issues and have participated in helping Utah adopt a new legal tender act. I was a sponsor of the Utah Monetary Summit.

Why I am a Mormon

Because the "Mormon" church The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches the truth about our existence. Knowing the truth about why I exist and the purpose of life has given me the most profound reason to live. I love knowing where I'm going and why I exist. Knowing these things gives tremendous fulfillment to life.

How I live my faith

I am a Sunday school teacher and have served in many different jobs in the Church. I've served on the City Council in a city where we use to live. I am politically active and like to follow politics and participate. Serving my family is important to me. I would like to talk to anyone who wants to learn more about the church. I wasn't always active in the church so I know what it's like not to have the faith I have now. For years I was a Bishop and learned to help many people.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Tithing represents a tenth of our increase. It is used to build chapels, temples, and support the general workings of the church. It is also used to provide worldwide humanitarian support for the underpriviledged. There are many more uses for tithing. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

The Gift of the Holy Ghost is a spiritual gift from God to those who are baptized by His authority. It is a gift that goes beyond the "light of Christ" which is given to everyone on the earth when they are born. This Gift of the Holy Ghost gives special direction to us when we need it and prompts us to do what is right. It testifies to our hearts what is true so we can better discern right from wrong and good from evil. This gift can, when needed, work miracles in our lives. 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?

No, there are no restrictions. it's a simple answer. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Universe is governed by natural laws such as gravity, light, and time that are fixed and eternal. There are also spiritual laws that a just as fixed and eternal as those natural laws. Ignoring natural laws such as gravity can have consequences. If we step off a cliff we will suffer the consequences of our choice. Being here in mortality has subjected us to the consequences of violation of spiritual law and as mortals we are unable to return home to our Father in Heaven. Because He loves us He has provided a way for our return to Him. This is the Atonement. The Atonement is God’s gift to us through his Son, Jesus Christ to enable us to return to home to Him. Through the Atonement eternal law is satisfied and the demands of justice are fully met. The Atonement provides a way for us to correct violations of the spiritual laws and escape the eternal consequences. Because God loves his children He has provided this labratory of life for us and a way to get back home! Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

What I know about plural marriage comes mostly from my own family. I wouldn't be here without it. It was truly a blessing in the lives of my ancestors who came west from the persecutions of the early days of the church. I am the descendent of at least two cases of plural marriage where faithful women were left alone after the deaths of their husbands. In both cases they had children and were mostly destitute. This was in a day when welfare was non-existent and a single woman with no means or protection was without hope. In one case my ancestor was driven from her home with her children and the home was burned by the mob. She took her family to Nauvoo and married a wonderful man who took her and her family west along with his first wife and additional widows whom he had married. He provided for them all. Without his willingness to do this I'm not sure that I would be enjoying the blessings of The Church of Jesus Christ. This is just the beginning of the stories I can tell about my family and how plural marriage made me who I am today. The church does not practice plural marriage today at the command of God but I thank the Lord that it was a principal at a past time in history. Show more Show less