What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

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 LaNelle

I'm an adoptive mom and former drama teacher from the South who loves to write and shop. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in South Carolina and the beach is my favorite place in the world! After over 4 years of heartbreak related to infertility, my husband and I were blessed with a beautiful baby girl through adoption. Being a mom is something I wasn't sure I would get to experience and is something I am grateful for every single day. I love my little family so much! Theater, teaching and writing are some of my passions. I have a master's degree in education and spent 3 years as a teacher before our little girl was born. I taught theater, speech and journalism to students in grades 4-12. I loved teaching and hope to return to the classroom when my daughter goes to school. One of my goals in life is to open a children's theater in my home town. I am not a shy person and love to talk and voice my opinion. I'm the 2nd of 7 kids and have been known to be a little bossy every once in a while. I love to blog and enjoy the opportunity that it provides for me to express myself through writing. I find writing and blogging very therapeutic. I love traveling, crafts, shopping (I can literally spend hours and hours at the mall) and almost anything pink, sparkly and girly!

Why I am a Mormon

My family started going to the Mormon church when I was only 4 years old. Being Mormon has been a part of my life for pretty much as long as I can remember, but the choice to be Mormon was never forced on me. There are so many reasons that I love being Mormon, but probably the biggest is the feelings of peace and joy that come as a result of my faith. I feel loved and supported not only by my Father in Heaven, but also by others that share my faith. I realized as a teenager and young adult that the standards and values that I was taught at church really were helping me become a good, healthy, strong and successful person. I feel blessed to have guidance in my life and answers to questions that many search for. In the years when I struggled with the inability to have children, the gospel brought me comfort and peace. My understanding of the Lord's plan for me and His love for me has helped me through some really difficult days, week and months. As a Mormon I am also automatically a member of a huge organization of women that has offered me so much. I love that when I go to church I get to meet and know women from all different phases in life. I have made incredible friendships and have learned so much from these women. Knowing that I'm not alone is one of the greatest blessings I have been given. Being Mormon has also given me the confidence that my family is forever and that when my loved ones die, they are not gone forever. Knowing that I will be with my family again no matter what happens on this earth is another incredible blessing in my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in some really ordinary every day choices. I wear modest clothing, I choose not to drink alcohol or smoke and I reserve Sundays for family. Each day I pray alone and with my family and tell my daughter that Jesus loves her. I also get to teach the 4 year olds at church each Sunday. It is such a fun thing to get to watch those little children get excited about learning about Jesus. I also get to serve those that are in need by participating in humanitarian projects and helping people that go to church with me and people in my community.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

LaNelle
Mormons do not only help Mormons. We actually help many different people in places all over the world. I remember when I was a teenager there was a horrible hurricane about 8 hours away from where my family lived. My dad and brothers were called and asked to go with other men and teenage boys from our church to help the people in the areas hit by the hurricane. They spent a few days helping clean debris and other things that the people needed. When I was a teenager my youth group often did things like pick up trash as part of "adopt a highway" and visit and sing for people in nursing homes. Every year the women at church get together and work on projects to make things to be sent to other countries. We have made things like quilts, toys and school bags for people in third world countries. Our service is not limited to people who share our faith. We do help other Mormons, but also help many others that are in need. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

LaNelle
Mormon Church services are held on Sunday and consist of 3 different meetings. Anyone is welcome to come to a Mormon church service. The entire congregation meets for the first meeting where the sacrament is passed and members of the congregation are assigned to give talks. The sacrament is when the congregation is given bread and water to take as a symbol of Jesus Christ. After the sacrament there is usually a talk given by a 12-18 year old and then two talks given by adults. We also sing hymns during this meeting. After the first meeting we have Sunday School. Children and youth ages 18 months to 17 years old are separated into classes by age. The adults meet together. In these classes we learn about the scriptures and about Christ. The last meeting is where the children have primary where they sing and have lessons and the youth (ages 12-18) are separated by gender for their lessons. The men go to one meeting and the women go to another. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

LaNelle
Mormons are people who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We are Christians who believe in Jesus Christ. We read and believe in the Bible and also have a book called the Book of Mormon that we consider scripture. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

LaNelle
The First Vision is an event that happened in the Spring of 1820. A 14 year old boy from Manchester, New York went into the woods near his home to pray. He was confused because at the time there were many churches in his area who were all claiming to be the one and only true church. He just didn't know what to do and felt like that if God was real, He would answer his prayers. This boy's name was Joseph Smith. As Joseph prayed that day in the woods, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Him. They talked to him and told him that none of the churches had all of the truth and that he shouldn't join any of them. This was the first time that Joseph Smith had seen Heavenly Father or Jesus Christ. After this visit from them, Joseph Smith knew that it was his responsibility to found the church that would have all of the truths that come from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Show more Show less