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 Allen

I'm a college student. I'm a musician. I'm a filmmaker. I'm an aspiring engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Ever since I was young, I've been interested in technology and whatever the future holds for us. Electronics, therefore have always been a part of my life. When I started High School, a great friend encouraged me to act in the school productions, which I went on to do all through High School. This led me to join the choir as well and begin singing, which has led me to begin playing the piano. I've met many of my best friends through theater and choir. My years in acting led me to pursue film-making in my first year of college. But this time I focused on the editing and directing side of things. I was, for a short time, one of three editors on the longest running college sitcom on television. I learned, on the side how to make video games and began work on a simple, fun, and non-violent video game with a friend of mine. (Much work has been done... though there's still much to do.) After my first year of college, I knew it was time to take a break to serve a mission. I was assigned to the beautiful country of Guatemala and spent two years there. While on my mission, I had much time to think and have changed my major to engineering. I'm excited to see where that will take me. At the conclusion of my mission, I returned to find a crowd of loving family and friends, and one particularly special young lady waiting for me. I'm now engaged to be married to that young lady (who is my best friend in the world) and I can't be happier.

Why I am a Mormon

Before I joined the church I had no religious views. Nor did I desire them. I didn't really care where we came from or where we were going, I enjoyed life and that's what I mattered. When a wonderful angel introduced me to the church, I was reluctant but willing to learn. Before too long, I had learned all the basics of the church, and it all made perfect sense, given that God existed... I just didn't know if God existed. One day, after a very long struggle with my belief and a very large test of my faith, it finally all clicked and I believed. It was then that I knew I was ready to get baptized. Through time, my faith has grown exponentially and here I am today. Happier than I could have ever imagined before.

How I live my faith

I have been a member of both a family ward, where I was introduced to the church, and a University Singles ward where I've met quite a few great friends. I served as a missionary for two years in Guatemala where I visited 5 different branches of the church for several months each and made many friends in those areas. I'm currently back at my singles ward for the last couple of weeks before I get married. I serve simply as a home teacher: I visit a small list of people to make sure all's well with them. It's been a wonderful thing to see the changes my attitude towards life makes as I read the scriptures, and as I study my mission language Spanish. There are always doubts, but God has helped me every day as I strive to be more humble and to really make a change in my stubborn life.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

 To put it simply, yes we do. If you believe that Moses was a prophet who received revelation from God about how best for his people to flourish, then you're accepting that God will, when necessary, speak to his people through a prophet. Back in Biblical times, the amount of physical dangers were numerous. Today, it's not so much our physical lives at stake, but our spiritual well-being. We consider this to be almost always more important. Today, more than ever - with the onset of recorded music, television, movies, and internet - we see immorality being constantly glorified and being made socially acceptable, and it's showing up everywhere. These are very spiritually trying times. God didn't allow Moses' people to be led astray. He gave them a prophet. If these times are just as bad, do you think God would really allow us to be led astray? This is why we have a prophet who is capable of direct communication with God and entitled to receive revelation for the whole world. Show more Show less