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 Stewart Davenport

I grew up in Kearns, Utah. I attend Salt Lake Community College studying History. I love to read. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm Stewart. I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah; and I currently live in Kearns, Utah. I am a student at Salt Lake Community College majoring in history and minoring in political science. My desires are to become a constitutional lawyer. I speak fluent Spanish, having learned it while serving a full-time mission to the Spain, Málaga Mission. I am the fourth of six children, and I love my brothers and sister, as well as my mom and dad dearly. I love to be with my family, read, hang out with my friends, and ride my bike. I love animals. I have a cat, and I have owned dogs, cats, birds and fish, and I thank the Lord each day for their company and love.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I was born to two faithful members of the church who had been sealed together for time and eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. But, that is not the reason why I am a member of the church. As I grew up, my parents taught me the gospel, encouraged me to go to church, and to attend seminary. Trusting that my parents wouldn't lie to me, knowing that they wanted the best for me because they loved me, I followed their counsel. As I heard the teachings of the church, I felt good inside, but still had a desire to know that it was true for myself. I had many friends who had also been raised in the church, but had left, because they had lost their testimonies. I didn't want that to happen to me. I had been told that to know for myself all I needed to do was pray to God and ask for an answer. Understanding that if the Book of Mormon was true, so was the church, I read the Book of Mormon, and then prayed to know of its veracity for myself. Following my prayer, and over the next few days and weeks, I felt a growing comfort in my heart, and a peace in my soul. This I understood to be the Holy Ghost confirming the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon to me. Over the years since then, I have had doubts from time to time, but I will always remember that moment when I first knew that the church was the true church of Jesus Christ. While on my mission, I learned a great lesson. Once we know the truth, we know it. Nothing can change that it is true. We may forget from time to time, but still deep within our hearts is the knowledge that it is still true. Satan does not have the power to take that knowledge from us. He can only distract us from it. Anytime I have doubts, I just think of the Savior, and of those moments when I first knew that the church was true. I feel those good feelings over again, and my faith is renewed. It works for me, and I know that it will work for anyone.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith is many ways. While at school I try to be a good example of a disciple of Jesus Christ. I also am a member, and Men's Co-President of the auditioned choir at the Taylorsville Institute of Religion: Sounding Joy. As I participate in this choir, I strive to bear my testimony through the wonderful gift of song. The Savior said that the song of the righteous was a prayer unto him, and as any other prayer, as we do it, it will invite the Holy Spirit to join us and build us up. I also serve as the Sunday School President in my ward. Teaching the gospel helps lift me up and build my testimony as I help to build the testimonies of others. I served a full-time mission to the Spain, Málaga Mission, and I greatly enjoyed my time serving the Lord and coming to love more of his children in that part of the world. My experiences there show me that God really is a loving Heavenly Father who loves all his children, regardless of race, economic status or where they were born. He provides for everyone, and if we look for it, we can find evidence of his love anywhere. I believe that in order to live my faith fully, I also need to be a responsible citizen in the place where I live. To do so, I participate in service projects around town, attend school to gain a good education to make me a strong asset to society, and I give needed attention to what is going on in politics so that I can be a responsible voter. Living the gospel is much more than just going to church every Sunday and fulfilling the duties of my calling and as a priesthood holder. It is doing what is right always. It is standing up for what I know to be true. It is helping others to feel the love of Jesus Christ and striving to help them find a testimony in His gospel. Living the gospel is being a good person at all times, in all things, and in all places. It is the process of writing the name of Jesus Christ upon our hearts and becoming like Him. This is what I strive to do.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Stewart Davenport
The term Mormon or Mormonism comes from the Book of Mormon, one of the books of divinely inspired scripture used by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which combined with the Bible, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price form what is called the Standard Works, or the canonical books of scripture used by the church. It was translated by the gift and power of God through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit by Joseph Smith Jr. It was first translated into English by Joseph, but has since been translated either fully or in part into 108 languages, all through divine inspiration. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. Like the Bible, it testifies of his mission, his divinity, and of his love for all mankind. The Bible and the Book of Mormon work together to teach us of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon does not replace or supersede the Bible in any way. They equally testify of Jesus Christ, and therefore are equally important to Mormons. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Stewart Davenport
God is our loving Heavenly Father. He is a distinct person from Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. All three are separate beings. God and Jesus Christ both have physical bodies of flesh and bone, while the Holy Ghost does not, but he has a body of spirit. All three work together as one in purpose to give us all that the Father has. This is why we come to this earth: to gain bodies, gain experiences and learn of Him and His son, Jesus Christ. God loved us enough to send his son to die for us, atoning for our sins and also for our pains and sorrows. Christ also was physically resurrected, making it possible for us to be resurrected physically ourselves. God sent His son so that we might be able to return and live with him again. God also cares enough for us to actively participate in the lives of each and every one of us. He provided us a family so that we can feel love and be taught good principles. He also has called prophets to continually guide us in what is right, and in what to do to return and live with him again. This is the mission of God, and His son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost; to enable the immortality and eternal life of each and every man and woman that has lived or will ever live on this earth. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Stewart Davenport
Like the Bible, the Book of Mormon was written by many ancient prophets who led their people and taught the word of God. While the Bible gives an account of God's people living in the old world, the Book of Mormon gives an account of those peoples whom God had led out of the old world to the new world. The first six books contained in the Book of Mormon were written as a first person account of God's dealings with His people, written primarily by the prophets after whom the books are named. The remainder of the Book of Mormon was written as an abridgment of records kept by prophets and political leaders, written by the prophet-historian Mormon, and his son Moroni. This same Moroni, later as a resurrected being, appeared to Joseph Smith, and entrusted to him this record which they kept which would be translated through God's power into the English language, and today is known as the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ and his mission as Savior and Redeemer of the world. It tells us of His visit to His people in the Americas following His resurrection. Together with the Bible, it forms the foundation of scriptural works used by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less