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 Liv Christianson

I grew up in the military and have 5 siblings, including a twin brother. I'm half Samoan and am married with 3 kids.

About Me

I grew up in a big family and have a twin brother. My mother is from Samoa and my father grew up in Blanding, UT and is of European heritage. Until my adult life, my father was in the military so we lived all over the country and in Germany twice. I got a degree in Communications - PR from BYU. One of my favorite experiences while in college was studying the Old and New Testaments in Jerusalem and learning more about the history and culture of that part of the world. During college I took a break to serve an 18-month mission in Lousiana and TX. I'm married and have three children, and my husband is finishing a radiology fellowship at Duke. I love reading, gardening, cooking, and exercising.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Latter-day Saint family. My parents took us to church on Sundays, read the scriptures with us every day and had family nights on Mondays. During these times I could feel that the Lord loved me and that what I was learning was right. When I was 7, my parents encouraged me to read and pray about the Book of Mormon and decide if I wanted to be baptized when I turned 8. It took me almost the whole year to read it, but while I was reading it, I felt more love for my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ than I ever had before. Every time I read it now, I can feel God's love for me and his children and I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. As a 22-year-old missionary, I taught people every day for 18 months about how God, through a prophet named Joseph Smith, restored his Church with apostles, prophets, priesthood power and temples. I shared my knowledge that we can be together as families for eternity, and that we can feel the guidance of the Holy Ghost every day. Each time I shared these things, I felt more than ever that what I was saying was true, and that my Heavenly Father loved me. Every day, as I seek my Heavenly Father through prayer, scripture study, service and trying to live Christ's gospel, my faith grows, and I have no doubt that I am a part of Jesus Christ's Church.

How I live my faith

My most important priority right now is raising my children so that they have a strong personal relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We try to do things as a family that help our children trust Jesus Christ and follow his example -- like daily scripture study. My husband and I try to support and help each other grow in faith too. I serve in my congregation as a choir director. I didn't have any experience doing this before the Bishop asked me to do it, but I did have some musical training. I have really felt blessed and guided as I've tried to live up to this assignment. I want to help the members of the congregation feel the Spirit through music and help strengthen those who participate in choir. I want everyone to feel God's love the way I have and to have the answers to questions, peace, and personal growth the gospel offers. One of the biggest blessings for me is the sure knowledge that we'll be with those we love again someday. I think it's important to serve in my community, be a good citizen, and be a good friend and family member. I really believe that the way we interact on a daily basis with strangers, family members or friends can bring us and them closer to God. Of course my best efforts fall short, but one of the most comforting parts of the gospel to me is knowing that I don't have to be perfect, and that my imperfect best is good enough because of the Savior's atonement.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Liv Christianson
Missionaries pay for their own expenses. My mother, father, three brothers and myself all had the opportunities to serve missions. It can be quite a sacrifice to save and pay for missions, but I think most missionaries will tell you that it is a small price to pay for the blessings you receive and the chance to serve God full time for a couple of years. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Liv Christianson
Relief Society is an organization for all the adult women of the Church. We learn how to be better disciples of Christ, and better sisters, mothers, and wives. We learn to serve our communities and each other. Each sister is assigned a few other sisters in their congregation that they look after and serve -- sometimes for months and other times for years. Often we don't know each other before we get these assignments, but some of my best friends are women that I met through these assignments. When we get together we discuss gospel topics and learn from each other. I really love Relief Society and think it's one of the most wonderful aspects of the Church. Show more Show less