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Hi I'm Clara

I am a wife and "master's level mom" to two feisty kids, one 4 and the other almost 1 year and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a full time mom but I jokingly call myself a "master's level mom," because I have a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling. I have been married for a little over five years and my husband and I have a four year old daughter and an almost 1 year old son. Before making the decision to stay at home with my daughter I worked as a Social Worker with severely mentally ill adults for over five years. While obtaining my graduate degree I worked with a similar population as a therapist. As much as I love to help others and like the personal growth that comes through counseling my daughter and our relationship and teaching opportunities that come and grow from being at home with her took precedence.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel of Jesus Christ has been a constant source of strength and joy throughout my life. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because I know that it is God's true organization on the earth today and it has brought me joy and happiness. It is not always easy to live gospel standards that are sometimes at odds with those of the world around me but in every instance that I have chosen to follow the counsels taught in the church I have found them to be true and they have led me to greater freedom and joy. Knowing something, as I know that the gospel is truth isn't something I can easily put into words. It is more of a feeling. When I ponder the gospel and everything that it has taught me about Christ I feel an overwhelming sense of joy and peace that nothing else in this world can duplicate. I have a sense deeper than knowledge that what I believe in transcends all other knowledge, it is simply the undiluted truth. A few of the blessings I readily identify in my life that are products of following the teachings of Jesus Christ are health, stability and growth of character. In this religion we are taught to follow God's law of health. We abstain from any harmful substances such as drugs and alcohol. Working in the mental health field I saw the destructive and addictive properties of these matters. Relying on my Savior and recognizing his hand in my life has also brought me great peace and stability. Like all people, my life is not smooth and easy at all times. Throughout severe trials I have found comfort and a sustaining power by relying on my Savior and following his commandments. It is not easy but when I choose to rely on Him and have faith in God's plan I've found that I have the strength and courage to push through until I see the light again. When I haven't chosen to exercise faith I've discovered that the burdens in life are that much harder to bear.

How I live my faith

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints our members are called to certain duties, "callings." It doesn't matter your occupation, education or station in life. I've had several such callings throughout my life and have learned and grown from all of them. Right now I work with the children in my ward. I am the Primary president, which pretty much means I am over the program that is for all kids ages 18 months to 11 years. I get to teach all the 3-11 year old kids about our Savior and His love for us and I get to work with many wonderful people who, like me, voluntarily accept calling to serve in the Primary by teaching, preparing music lessons, doing scouting and much more. I love being around the children, though sometimes their energy outweighs mine significantly. I think often of Jesus gathering the little children to Him and blessing them and count myself blessed to have a calling with the purest and most innocent people, whom Jesus Himself loved so clearly. I love teaching them lessons about Christ, the gospel, their families and things such as sharing and showing gratitude. The lessons are so simple that they remind me of some of the fundamentals of living a good life.

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

Clara
Being a Mormon woman I can with all sincerity say that we definitely believe in being equals. We do not always have the same responsibilities but neither man nor woman is more important or blessed in the eyes of the Lord or His church. Many people seem curious as to why women don't hold the Priesthood. I trust that God gave this responsibility to men primarily on the earth for His reasons. I support my husband in his Priesthood and he supports me in my responsibilities such as raising our daughter. A way that I think of it is that we are equal but not the same. I have the blessing of being able to bear children, which my husband cannot do. When I had my daughter it was a huge spiritual blessing. It was very difficult emotionally and physically but I also grew closer to my Lord and Savior through being a great part of brining a child into this world. My husband is not bitter that he can't bear our children and doesn't begrudge me that responsibility just as I don't begrudge him his. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Clara
I did not serve a mission but have a great respect for our missionaries. I've had a few experiences that have helped me see more clearly why our church proselytes our message. A few years ago I had the opportunity to go to Europe with three of my closest friends. Each of them had previously served missions and they all looked actively for opportunities to share the gospel with others. Initially I was somewhat uncomfortable with this. I felt that maybe they were being too pushy. As I thought more about my beliefs and how important the gospel has been in my life my outlook changed. The gospel has been such a vital blessing in my life that I feel that it wouldn't be fair to not share it. I've thought of it as an analogy, as if I have the most wonderful gift in the world that I would bless the lives of my friends and family. Why would I not want to give this gift to others? If they don't want it that is their choice but not to give them the opportunity to decide would be so selfish of me. It's not easy sharing something so dear to me. I fear being mocked or thought to be weird or come across "too pushy." Show more Show less