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 Cory Butler

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Cory. I lived and grew up in the western United States (UT, AZ, ID). I was born into an LDS family with good parents and four younger siblings. My family is my greatest blessing as they have been a strength to me both in areas in and out of the LDS faith and it's practices. Who I am today is a direct reflection of the love and example I received from them while growing up. I chose to serve a full-time LDS Church mission and was called to serve in the Seattle Washington Mission from 1983 to 1984. I will be forever thankful for this time to serve the Lord and teach His Gospel to the wonderful souls in the Pacific NW. This is also where I gained my testimony of the Gospel and the Love of our Savior. I have been married for over 25 years to my very best friend and eternal companion. She is the light of my life and I will thank my Heavenly Father forever for bringing her into my life. We have two incredible adult children, a son and a daughter who are six years apart. They have blessed us with their strong personalities and many talents and gifts of the Spirit. My wife and I love to travel, enjoy nature and it's creatures, and love to spend time reading and being together. I also love to take photos of the places we visit and forever record the beauty we have been blessed with. The Lord has greatly blessed me with these important people, the places I have lived, and the experiences I have had. I am forever grateful.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the LDS faith and raised to believe and live its precepts and doctrines. At age nineteen I chose to serve a full-time Church mission. I had studied the gospel throughout my youth and had read and prayed about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I discovered that despite all of this, I did not know or understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ or His Atonement. I was faced with this while teaching a Christian college student who had a better understanding and relationship with our Savior than I did. This made me stop and evaluate what my beliefs were and how they impacted my temporal and eternal life. I spent the next night and day on my knees fervently praying to my Father in Heaven to help me better understand the Love and Sacrifice of His Son. While on my knees I recieved an eternal and solid witness the Jesus Christ is my Savior and that He died for me and took on Himself my sins so that I may someday return and live Him and my Heavenly Father. While going through the early years of my married life I made choices which caused me to stray from my beliefs for a number of years. My wife and I became inactive in our daily and weekly worship but not in our love of the Savior. After moving to a new city, we were approached by neighbors and members of the local LDS ward leadership, who through patience and love helped us to see that we were missing blessings from the Lord as well as being a blessing to others in our lives. Further trials of faith came years later as we watched our daughter suffer illness and many months in our local children's hospital. Not knowing what the final outcome would be we placed ourselves in our Lord's hands, trusting in Him. Through this He taught us deeper truths of His Love and the power of His Atonement. We KNEW we were in His encircling arms and that all would be well. Our daughter recovered and we gained a firm testimony of the Atonement. This is why I choose to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

We have been blessed to live in a neighborhood with a wide diversity of ethnic and religious backgrounds. I feel I can serve my Father in Heaven by being a good example, by being a good neighbor, by showing the joy of the Gospel through my smile and kind word. I strive to serve well in my Church callings whether it be with the youth, in administration, or given stewardship over a number of widows in my ward. In this way I can say "thank you" to my Savior and His willingness to suffer for my sins. I also live my faith by being the best husband and father I can be...to be a true man of God.