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. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Nick

I grew up in Texas, am fluent in Italian, enjoy post rock music, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and a father. I enjoy traveling, snowboarding, shooting, flying, and many other activities. When I am not busy working (at my dream job) or fulfilling my church responsibilities, I really enjoy spending my free time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the Mormon Church as it is commonly called. My mother was raised a Mormon, but my father was not. My father converted to the church a few years after marrying my mother. So I, along with my brothers and sisters, grew up in a family that actively attended the Mormon church. Growing up in the church I was taught from a young age that I needed to find out for myself if the gospel of Jesus Christ was true, if God continued to speak to prophets today as in times past, and if there indeed existed other scripture equal to the Bible in its validity and importance as a witness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Though I heard this repeatedly through the years, it was not until I was nearly twenty years old that I began to really ponder the history of the church and its teachings and question whether I really believed it all. It made sense to me that God, our Heavenly Father, if he did indeed exist, would have a plan for his children and a purpose for their existence. It also made sense to me that if this were the case, a loving father would not leave his children in the dark as to what this purpose was, and he would provide a way for them to come to know their purpose and would teach them how they needed to live to find peace, happiness, and joy in this life. Although the teachings of the church made sense to me on a rational level, I had never taken the opportunity to really read and study the scriptures and pray to ask God to let me know whether or not he really existed, whether Christ was really our Savior who atoned for our sins in order to provide a way for us to overcome the effects of sin in this life and find peace, as well as provide a way for us to return to live with God together with our families after this life. I had not prayed to ask God if he still spoke through prophets in our day as the Bible taught He did in ancient times. I had not prayed to ask God whether Joseph Smith was called to be such a prophet, or whether Joseph Smith had indeed translated ancient prophetic records. I decided that it was important for me to know for myself whether all the teachings I had received from my youth were true and whether living them would bring the peace in my life that I desired, so I decided to begin to live the teachings of the church to the best of my abilities, and I began to study the scriptures daily and pray daily that I might receive a witness from God if it was true or not. Over the course of the next few weeks I began to feel in my heart and mind an increasing assurance that God does exist, that he does love his children, and that he does have a plan for us. I felt then, and continue to feel to this day, the confirming witness of the Holy Spirit that God did call Joseph Smith to be a prophet, just like Abraham, Issac, Jacob, and many others before. I knew in my heart that the Book of Mormon was true, that it was scripture carrying the same force and effect of the witnesses of the Savior found in the Bible, and that its teachings were equally valid. I came to know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I decided then to commit myself fully to living the gospel. I knew then as I know now that only by following our Savior would I have the life that I wanted to have, and that with Christ all things were possible. For over a decade, since I received my personal witness of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as I have tried to live Christ's teachings in my life I have been richly blessed. I have had peace and joy in my life notwithstanding the difficulties and trials that come to each of us. I know as I continue to follow Christ I will continue to enjoy peace and happiness as I learn and grow and progress in the gospel.

How I live my faith

I believe that in order to be a disciple of Christ one has to commit to Christ. I live my faith through commitment, my commitment to God, to my family, and to my country. I believe faith requires action, so I try to show my commitment to Christ through my actions. I hope to always be an example to my children so they may never doubt my commitment to our Savior and his Gospel and I hope they will be able to see the blessings, peace, and joy that comes from living a Gospel centered life. In our church there is no professional clergy, that is to say there are no paid pastors, or youth ministers, or choir directors, Sunday school teachers, and so on. Everything is done on a volunteer basis. From time to time we are extended callings, that is, we are asked to perform various assignments, from presiding over a congregation to teaching in Sunday school or ministering to the youth in the congregation. Every member of a congregation has the opportunities to serve in some type of assignment or calling. In addition to being an opportunity to serve others, each assignment we receive is an opportunity to learn and grow. They are often opportunities we would not seek after ourselves, they are often challenging and outside of our comfort zone. I am thankful for and appreciate these opportunities.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

All Mormons are not required to serve a mission, however they are encouraged to do so. We believe that every able, worthy young man should serve a full-time mission. Young men may go on a mission when they turn 18, and young women may go after they turn 19. It should be noted that Mormons believe greatly in free agency, and every potential missionary must decide for himself or herself whether to serve a mission. It is not the parents' decision, or a family's decision, it is an individual, personal decision. A person should only go on a mission if he or she has a personal testimony of the Gospel and is willing to share that testimony with others. Mormons also encourage retired married couples and others to serve missions as well. Personally I decided to serve a mission when I was almost 20 years old. I was sent to Italy and had a wonderful experience that strengthened my faith and testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Once my father retired, he and my mother served a mission in Russia for 18 months. Though it was difficult at times for my parents to be away from family and grandchildren for an extended period of time, they enjoyed their opportunity to serve the Lord in Moscow immensely. Show more Show less