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.

Hi I'm Ryceejo

I'm a returned missionary, a wife, a sister, a daughter, and a mother-to-be. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I currently live "Happily Ever After" in Utah, but I will always consider myself a California girl, where I spent the first 18 years of my life. I love the beauty of the world around me and wish to see it all in my lifetime. I love to sing, play piano, guitar, and organ. I'm always reading at least two books at a time, because I love learning! I studied psychology and music at Brigham Young University and served a full-time mission in Nashville, Tennessee - the other place that has my heart. A year after I returned from my mission, I married a handsome, talented, and kindhearted man in the Newport Beach LDS Temple on August 8, 2014. My husband and I are excited to become parents later this year!

Why I am a Mormon

As a child, I loved going to church because it made me happy. I learned that I am a precious daughter of a loving Heavenly Father, who knows me by name and wants me to do right. I learned how Jesus Christ died so I can be with Him and my Father in Heaven again someday. At age 8 I was old enough to be accountable for my own choices, and I chose to be baptized. When I was 12 my parents filed for divorce. The next 6 years of my life were very difficult and filled with pain, confusion, and discord. I turned to my Savior more than ever, and the only time I felt peace was when I went to church, studied The Book of Mormon, and prayed. I knew that my Savior had not only suffered for my sins, but He had also atoned for my pains and sorrows. Even when I felt lonely I knew that I was not alone. My testimony in the Gospel grew even stronger as I found answers to every question I had. I know this Church is true not only because it feels right in my heart, but it also makes sense in my mind. No other Gospel can answer the questions "Why are we here? Where did we come from? Where are we going?" so clearly. I served an 18-month mission for the Church in Nashville, TN. I watched so many people light up when we brought them this message of the Plan of Salvation. I watched the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ change and enhance so many families and lives. On August 8, 2014, I married my best friend in the Newport Beach LDS temple. I am Mormon because only the LDS Church can promise eternal marriage performed by Priesthood authority. I don't want to make a vow "'til death do [us] part," because we can never guarantee the length of our time on this Earth. I want to be with Scott forever. The Gospel is a message of joy. I know that the church I belong to brings ultimate happiness. I am a member of Christ's church, and I love to share His message with others.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day! The best way to become like Christ is to strive to be like Him at all times! Through the way I dress, the way I talk, and the way I treat others, people can tell that I am different from the rest of the world. The most important things are the little things: reading the word of God every day, praying, and attending church each Sunday. I am far from perfect, but because of Jesus Christ I can try to do better every day. I love the commandments! I love to bear my testimony through music. I love to sing about Christ and what a marvelous miracle His life is to us. Whenever I play a hymn or sing a song, I reaffirm my faith in God and His Plan of Happiness.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

The best way to increase our faith is to act. Jesus taught that "if any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine (John 7:17). Faith is not a perfect knowledge, so you will never know with a surety of anything at first. All you need is a small particle of faith to experiment upon the Lord's words; even if all you have is a desire to believe, let that desire work inside your heart. That particle of faith will grow within you, and you will know it because your understanding will be enlightened and your mind will expand. As you nourish that desire and enlightenment inside you, your faith will increase (Alma 32:26-43). Joseph Smith once put it very simply: there is a threefold process to increasing/restoring our faith in the Lord. 1. You have to know that God (and His son) actually exist. 2. You must have a correct idea of His character, perfections and attributes. 3. You must have a knowledge that the course of life is to His will. You can find this quote on Joseph Smith's Lectures on Faith, 3:2-5. Show more Show less