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 Travis

I'm a starving student. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college graduate student. I'm in a product development program working on my masters degree in mechanical engineering right now, and then next fall I start the MBA program. I love to design new things! I have the best wife in the whole world. We love to take walks together, go camping, and play Frisbee golf.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to a Mormon family, and at first being a Mormon was just part of my upbringing. But now, I continue being a Mormon because it makes me happy. I continue because I know Jesus Christ is my Savior. I continue because I can feel Christ's love surround me, sustain me, and support me. I know it is only through Him that I can ultimately be happy in this life and the next. I'm a Mormon because I know Jesus Christ lives, because I know He loves me. I'm a Mormon because I know the Book of Mormon is a true book of scripture written by inspired, ancient prophets on the American continents. I am a Mormon because I know God has restored his priesthood authority upon the earth again. I'm a Mormon because I know God is not silent in the Heavens, but that He loves us enough to continue to speak to man in these days through a living prophet. And most importantly, I'm a Mormon because I have felt the Holy Ghost testify of these truths with a burning in my heart. And I could never deny it. There are a lot of important things in life that don't really matter much in the end. But there are also some things that do matter. Peace, happiness, family, love, hope... These are the things that last.

How I live my faith

"Living your faith" is an interesting concept. Faith itself is action, it is not a passive belief. Life is hard. I do my best to be a good person, to follow the Savior's example, to go about doing good. I try to keep the commandments and live up to the standards the Lord would have me hold. I live in a married student ward, meaning all the members in my ward are young couples who are in the same boat I am: starving college students. Every week, I have the opportunity to go around and visit the families in my ward. I love getting to know them better, and making friends with them! There are some many wonderful people out there!

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

I am a starving college student, not a police officer. I can walk around and leave pieces of paper on windshields all day long, but none of them are actually valid parking tickets. I simply do not have the legal authority to give a parking ticket. Likewise, I can get water all over someone, but it it not a valid baptism unless I have the authority from God to baptize. When Christ was baptized, He went to John the Baptist, not to Joe the Plumber, because John was the one who had that special authority. Show more Show less