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Hi I'm Keira.

I was a foster child, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was a converted at fifteen by my LDS foster family, and the only current member in my family. I am a young adult, married and I have a beautiful son. I am working on my Bachelor's degree in Psychology. I have total nerve deafness in my right ear, and I sign and lip-read to help me understand conversations around me.

Why I am a Mormon

I entered foster care at fifteen years old and was converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by my foster family. I came from a very poor, single-parent family. My mother was a prostitute and Meth-amphetamine addict, whose abuse and neglect left my family vulnerable to mental/emotional, physical and sexual abuse, as well as poverty and hunger. I joined the church because I saw the light and joy in other's lives and wanted it for myself. Church members were kind to me, provided food and safety, and a kind of stability. I was brought into an LDS foster home. As we reunited as a family to start over again, I experienced ridicule and shame for being a "mormon". Because of my foster family's example and their support, I was the first to graduate high school, I was able to attend college and I am the first in my family to hold any degree. I have learned the power of forgiveness through the Savior's atonement and have been able to forgive my mother's actions and neglect. I maintain a healthy, distant relationship with my family, and I still love them. I was married in the temple and have a wonderful son now, living in a safe home, and I have food in my refrigerator. I have the family and marriage I saw in my neighbor's and foster family's lives, the kind I could only dream of. I am very grateful that Heavenly Father provided me with a path to true happiness and healing. I know that He loves me as I love my own child--unconditionally and with all the concern and kindness in the world. He has guided me and orchestrated my life so as to learn the lessons necessary, and then to lead me to ultimate peace and happiness. I am so thankful for those shining examples in my life who lead me through a most difficult teenage hood--every young women leader, every neighbor, every parent of a peer, and my amazing foster family. God works miracles through others and saved me through many helping hands.

How I live my faith

Although I had a challenging upbringing, I have used gospel principles such as forgiveness, love, and gratitude to overcome the issues I have faced. I am grateful for the gospel, Christ's love has healed my wounds and made me a whole person. As He has promised in the Scriptures, God has made my weaknesses my strengths. I am a wife to a kind and intelligent man, and we are "friends that are in love". I am a mother. I love my son with all my heart and teach him daily about God, Christ, and the eternal nature of families. We have a safe, clean home, where I read him books, we play and learn to be kind to others. We attend church, we help others when they need assistance, and love to explore the beautiful world around us.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Keira.
They sure do! I am a Mormon woman, and I am able to chose to work or stay at home with my child, I attend college, and when I work alongside my husband, we split homemaking duties. My husband never "rules over me", we are a partnership where we both present our ideas and consider our options. We make all decisions together, as informed as possible, and with one heart. Because women don't hold the priesthood like some faiths believe, people tend to assume that we are governed by them. In truth, we are presidents, secretaries, leaders, teachers, organizers, and public speakers. Our doctrine teaches that priesthood holders who exercise dominion over us lose the power of the priesthood for doing so. I love being a Mormon woman because I have so many ways to be involved--I can influence children, teach teenagers, speak publicly in our general meetings on Sundays, and serve the poor and needy. I love being a Mormon woman because women are celebrated by church authorities as being productive, helpful, kind, intelligent and especially while mothers, selfless. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Keira.
Not in my experience. My family lived in a Mormon community for years until I finally converted (my family never did). They brought food, we asked for food when we were low, they helped move us many times. When my mother lost her job and was a single parent to five children, the ward used money they donate to the church to pay for our rent and helped us with groceries. My mother attended church once to thank them, but was not interested in joining. But not me! I soon was attending their youth camps, trips, and education sessions for free! I made friends, learned so much, and experienced many fun things youth have the opportunity to do but I couldn't, because of our financial circumstances. Mormons are great to have as friends and neighbors, they help everybody! Show more Show less