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 Mike

I live on the Golden Coast, I love every sport that involves a board and I'm a Mormon!!!

About Me

I'm a 22 year old college student. I live in Southern California but I'm currently serving a church mission. The 3 things I love the most are God, my family and friends. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Lakers, Trojans and Cougs are my teams! I'm all about living life to the fullest and having no regrets. "20 years from now you'll be more dissapointed by the things you didn't do then by the things you did do" -Mark Twain

Why I am a Mormon

The reason why I'm Mormon is simply because being a member of this Church brings the happiness that I desire, into my life. There is no greater joy than knowing that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me more than I can comprehend. Who is always there to hear my concerns and help me through the trails I face so that I can become a stronger person. I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because I have a strong belief that my Savior died for us so that we can be forgiven of our mistakes and live again with our Father in Heaven if we live faithful to His commandments and have faith in Him. I'm grateful to have a prophet again on this earth, just as people of old had in the Bible, to guide us on the path that our Heavenly Father wants us to walk so that we can experience the happiness of living on this earth that He intended for us to have.

How I live my faith

Throughout my life, I always thought that I would serve my mission in a sweet place like Mexico, where my older brother served, Australia or even Haiti but instead I got called to a place a lot closer to home, Pocatello Idaho! The shock I felt when I discovered that I would be serving 2 years of my life in freezing Idaho is indescribable. I thought that I got cheated out big time but now that I've been serving here, I couldn't of been happier. Being here on a mission and teaching people about the Gospel of Jesus Christ is amazing. Every day I see people whose lives have changed for the better because they have let God become a part of their life. Trials that they have had in the past have been put behind them and they are on the path of living the life they have always dreamed of. The way I live my faith is helping people experience the same joy and happiness that I have found in my life.   

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Mike
One of my strongest beliefs is that there is a prophet on the earth today just like Moses was a prophet thousands of years ago. It's difficult for me to comprehend that God would give the people in Biblical times a prophet to lead and guide them on the path to happiness and eternal life with our Father in Heaven but wouldn't do the same for us in our day in age. Does he not love us as much as he did those thousands of years ago? In the book of Amos in the Bible, it reads in chapter 3 verse 7 that the "Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets" It is crucial to have a prophet guide us TODAY because there are things that we face now that weren't around when Christ walked the earth. Paul teaches us in the Bible in the 4th chapter of Ephesians verses 11-14 that God "...gave some, apostles and some, PROPHETS... For the perfecting of the saints... Till we all come in THE UNITY of THE FAITH, and of THE KNOWLEDGE of the Son of God Does everyone on this earth believe in the same faith...? not even close therefore a prophet, according to the Bible, must be living on the earth today That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive" A prophet does live on the earth today and I know that to be true with all my heart. That man has been called by God, just as Moses. His name is Thomas S. Monsen Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Mike
Jesus has taught us that "... except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" What then happens to God's children who lived on this earth but never had the opportunity to get baptized? Does it make sense that a loving God would send millions of His children down to "hell" who never even heard of Jesus Christ?? I don't believe He would but at the same time, God can't go against His word and allow someone to live with Him in His kingdom without being cleansed through baptism. That's why our Father in Heaven created the sacred ordinance of Baptism for the Dead. Did Mormons make up this practice? I thought we did until I read in the Bible where it reads in 1 Corinthians 1529 "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?" check it out if you don't believe me! Baptisms for the dead is a sacred ordinance that has been around since the first-century Christians. We do baptisms for the dead in our Holy Temples just as those thousands of years ago did in their temples. It's key to know that we don't actually baptize DEAD people but instead use someone that is LIVING as a proxy for those that have passed on so that those who never had the chance to be baptized or never chose to get baptized while living, can have the chance to live with our Father in Heaven again. Show more Show less