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Hi I'm Marcus

I love singing and playing the guitar and ukulele. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Marcus. I am from South Jordan, Utah. I am grateful for my family and the peace that this gospel has brought to us. I love this gospel because I've applied it in my life more fully in the recent years and have seen miracles. I played football all my life up until now. I really love sports, art and music. I play the guitar and the ukulele and love to sing. God has truly blessed me in my life with many things. I have also been blessed with trials that have strengthened my trust and faith in God. Now a little about my family. I am the youngest of 4 children in my family. I have two older sisters and one older brother. My mother has always been a member of the church and my dad is a convert to the church. Although I've always been a member I didn't always know what was true. Now, I've discovered great insights and knowledge that I've prayed about and have received answers for.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a member of the church but, like I mentioned above, I haven't always know that it was true or what was true. I always lived my life according to the gospel and knew certain things were right and certain things were wrong. Even though I went to church and learned I still never really had that strong conviction that it seemed like my friends had. I had a really hard time understanding scriptures and the meaning behind them. I never fully utilized the tools that God gave me such as: Scriptures, church and prayer. Little did I know that there is great power in these things that could have changed everything. At the time it was difficult because I felt as though there was something hanging over me that was preventing me from learning. Because of my lack of understanding I would frequently find ways to miss church and do other things. When I would go to church I couldn't fully comprehend things. It seemed to be more of a social event rather than a place to be spiritually uplifted. There were definately times where I did learn and the Spirit was there but I wasn't really open about it yet so I could only learn to the extent of my effort. I grew older and older. Throughout my teenage years I often wondered if I would end up going on a mission. The thought of it would sometimes make me nervous because I still didn't know about a whole lot of things pertaining to doctrine. It eventually got to the time where I needed to make the decision to go on a mission or not. It was a few years ago when I decided to pray to find that answer. It was in a time where I realized that my happiness was really dependant upon other people and because that was the case I wasn't happy all the time. Sometimes I would get let down and couldn't depend on someone and then I wouldn't be happy at all. Often I wasn't happy and I would find myself alone away from everyone because I felt like the only way to fight it was to get away. Then the process would start over. One particular night I was in my room on my bed thinking. I thought about my life and how there always seemed to be an empty spot in there somewhere. My life wasn't full. I thought about what I didn't have. I had friends. I had my family. I had a good job. Then church popped into my mind. Have I put my all into church and seen what could come from it? I quickly knew that I didn't and then I realized that I didn't even have a testimony of Jesus Christ or of anything else really. As I continued to think I realized that up until that very second my testimony had been based off of what other people said and not off of what I knew. I thought about this and I decided that I needed guidance. I knew that God would give me an answer if I sincerely desired it and if what I asked was in line with his will. I knelt down by my bed and gave the most heart felt prayer of my life to that loving God that had been waiting to hear it. I wanted to know. The desire was in me. I opened my eyes and tears came and this wonderful feeling came over me and I was warm. It wasn't loud and boisterous but it was gentle and strong. I had my scriptures in front of me and I opened up The Book of Mormon. Up to this time I had never read The Book of Mormon from cover to cover. I didn't even really know what it was about. But as I opened I read this verse in 1 Nephi 13:37 which says: "And blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day, for they shall have the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost; and if they endure unto the end they shall be lifted up at the last day, and shall be saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb; and whoso shall publish peace, yea, tidings of great joy, how beautiful upon the mountains shall they be." I knew at that time that I needed to serve a mission. I then started to fill out my mission papers and received much opposition doing so. One particular day I was filling them out online and I felt really nervous. I seriously second guessed whether I should do it or not so I stopped. I stopped for a couple months and prayed and did other things and then eventually I started filling them out again. Then I was done and as soon as I submitted the papers I felt a feeling of relief. I knew that feeling came because I was doing what I was supposed to but, like I said, I was receiving much opposition against the good I was trying to do. That brings me up to now. Right now I am a missionary in the Mesa, AZ mission. I truly wish that I could describe the blessings that have came to me and my family through this experience. We have all felt God's pure love in all of our lives and I know it's because this gospel is true. I have been on my mission just over 20 months and I have seen great changes in those around me. I have seen those with the worst addiction problems turn their lives around and come unto Christ and never look back. I have seen a light in the eyes of many that were lying in darkness and despair. This gospel is true and it is what will bring happiness and hope into the lives of everyone on this Earth. I testify of that. I also testify that I know that Christ lives and that this gospel was restored to it's fulness through a prophet, Joseph Smith. I know of a surety that he was a true prophet, an instrument in the hands of God. I don't know because my friends told me or even my parents, but I know because God bore witness to me through the power of his Spirit. I am thankful for all of those who sacrificed and followed the right path so that I could have this message in my life and have the full blessings of God. My joy is full and I so testify of these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

Since I am serving a mission I have found many ways to live as Christ would. I get to go out and serve others all day everyday and be led by the Spirit, according to my faithfulness, to those in need. Even though my mission has been a great resource of experiences I distinctly remember one experience when I was younger back at home in Utah. Theres a family in my neighborhood that was moving in from California. They had a long drive and they had a very very large truck full of their possessions. My testimony grew in this experience as I saw the majority of the members from our congregation there to help. A task that may have lasted many hours with few laborers took only a short time with many. I was thankful for that moment of help and love that was extended by those around me to that new family that moved in. I have used that as an example in my mind of what to do when there is someone in need of assistance in any way. Although I am nowhere close to perfect, I always strive to do as Christ would do and to obey the commandments given to me so I can be strengthened and guided to be an instrument in the hands of God. Isn't that what we are all here to do?

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Marcus
This has actually been on my mind frequently in the past month. As I have been here and there it is definately something that needs to be addressed abroad. In Jacob 2:28 the Lord speaks of this subject saying: "For I, the Lord God, delight in the chastity of women." Does this pertain to something like modesty? Most think that modest dress is only a small thing but as we step back and look at the greater picture we see that when evil comes it slowly creeps in with something small and grows to something bigger. In 2 Nephi 26:22 it talks about Satan leading many with a "flaxen cord". A flaxen cord is a small thread. He slowly leads us away with small exertion until he binds us with his "strong cords". Immodesty can therefore be directly realted to problems of chastity. The way that girls and women dress and boys and men speak are a reflection of who they are and what they stand for. When this is either neglected or nurtured it shows their respect for theirselves and God. Wise council in this is to ask yourself a question as you or your child leaves the home. Such as: "Is what I'm wearing or doing going to represent who I am as a disciple of Jesus Christ? Or is it going to distract others and bring about sinful thoughts in their minds." "Is what is being worn or said appropriate for church or a church activity?" The world has brought modesty to seem as something of naught. In reality, modesty can be the start to immoral or vulgar behavior. Many things can be solved by modesty. The Lord knows that following the simple principle of modesty will not only allow you to have greater spiritual guidance but it will bring greater spiritual sensitivity to those around you. YOU CAN BE AN EXAMPLE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND AN EXAMPLE OF JESUS CHRIST. When these things are brought to a higher plane of holiness and sacredness not only will we see changes in the communities in which we live but also the world around us. I testify that there are many problems (ex. pornography, broken families, divorce, heartbreak, sadness, regret, hate) that can be solved just by this one principle. I know that it is of God. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Marcus
This question is a very convenient one to answer condisering that I am a missionary in the mission field right now. I hope I can give comforting insight on what we do as missionaries so that the idea feels more comfortable. Our intention of going to the house of another is to share with them what blessings we have seen in our lives as we have lived the gospel. Not only that but we are there to promise you extraordinary blessings that will help you through whatever you face in life. We share messages of hope that will help strengthen one's faith in Christ. Our unique message is that of God calling a prophet in these last days and that prophet receiving revelation from God so that we can better know how to return to live with him again. One thing that I love about teaching those that we visit is I have never once asked them to believe the words that I was saying. As missionaries we always invite everyone to ask God and receive an answer from Him. Show more Show less