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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

At work, I'm an attorney. At church, I'm a volunteer. But wherever I go, I'm a husband and father. I love God and I love my family. Jesus gave me a hope that makes me alive inside, and gives me peace. I want others to know about the hope and goodness that He can give to them.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church as a child. At the time, I had no reason to doubt that it was what God wanted me to do. However, I too had to find Christ for myself. As with most teenagers, I learned to doubt whether God was real, and I started to believe that maybe nobody could really know whether the church, or anything for that matter, was true. I wondered whether death was really just a big pit full of nothing, and whether believers like my parents were just soothing their own fears by saying there was something beyond. I went to church as my parents expected, and was exposed to leaders whose lives showed genuine belief in God. My leaders and parents reached out to me. They invited me to study the scriptures, come to activities, and change some poor choices I was starting to make. I started to believe again, but still had doubts, so I wanted to know whether what they taught was true. When I started to study the scriptures and pray with brutal self-honesty, a glorious understanding and strength started to grow within me. Ultimately I found out for myself, in the simple way that anybody else can, that God lives, that he sent his son, Jesus Christ, to forgive my sins, and he sends revelations and miracles to believers today as he did in ancient times. The "Mormon" faith is the unchanging faith that Noah, Abraham, Moses and the early Apostles taught. The knowledge of this small constellation of truths gave me a burning hope and desire be a better me. I even felt angry sometimes that so many had fallen prey to a hopeless and untrue notion that even if God is real, nobody can truly know it, and that faith was just endlessly hoping in an unsolvable mystery. At age 19, I left home to teach others, and I now teach my children, so that when they grapple with their own doubts and challenges, they will know where they can find the refreshing water that quenches the deepest kind of thirst.

How I live my faith

I truly felt the love of Jesus as a teenager struggling with sin and the usual issues that teens face. My parents spoke of God, but I questioned whether God was real. I started making choices that were in conflict with my beliefs. I tried to say there was no God, so it didn't matter, and yet I felt afraid that if God existed he would reject me. I felt the inner violence that comes with sin. I had to choose whether to numb my feelings until they disappeared, or genuinely explore my faith. I grappled with my beliefs. But then I started to pray. As if by a miracle, a quiet parade of people came into my life like angels. I learned and read about faith. Empowered with the hope that maybe Christ would forgive me, I went to my bishop and told him my situation. It was an amazing experience to feel Christ's power making me free. While I am unable to describe it perfectly, I know what I felt. Though I'm still broken and imperfect, I have walked in that never-ending stream of light, hope, peace and strength that Christ gives. Whenever I'm outside of it, I intend to get back in and invite others to enjoy it too. Living my faith means more than trying to avoid doing wrong. It means living with integrity, whether I'm at work, home or church - walking in the hope that Christ truly overcame sin and death, and that because of what he did, all people will live again after death, and enjoy the fruits of the choices they make now. I would be lying if I said I was perfectly consistent in walking in that hope, but I'm working on it. Gratitude is key - I am happiest and strongest when I choose to notice God's gifts - all the things he does for me and those I pray for. Whenever I work myself tired, dance myself sore, or eat myself full, I thank God for this earth and the time I've spent on it. When I pray for someone and see miracles happen for them, I praise God and forget all those unimportant things that occupy my mind way too often. Life with faith is meaningful and rich.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jared
Mormons believe Christ's teachings that all people are deeply loved by God, and that it is right to follow in his footsteps and show kindness and generosity to people of all faiths. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Jared
The Law of Chastity is essentially that we are only to use our God-given, God-blessed ability to have sexual relations in the context of a marriage between a man and woman who are legally married. The deepest, most enduring happiness from now until forever only comes by living by the laws of eternity. God revealed this as one of them. People who know I am a Mormon, and understand that I believe in the Law of Chastity sometimes ask whether I hate people who call themselves gay or lesbian. Without reservation, I tell them no. I freely teach that chastity leads to happiness, and on a personal level, I support legislation supporting marriage between a man and a woman, but I also respect and love my acquaintances and friends, gay, lesbian or otherwise, who believe differently than I do about chastity. Moreover, there are Mormons who believe as I do about chastity, and yet struggle with same-sex attraction or other issues related to chastity or gender. My heart goes out to each of them, and I gladly will accept and support them in their struggles. Their burden is not easy to bear. I will gladly help them as others have helped me with my own struggles. It's no mystery that God's plan allows people to have inclinations and feelings toward actions he forbids. Indeed, for the faithful, these problems often become the foundation for spiritual growth. Our uniting to support each other in living God's laws (including Chastity) makes the power of Heaven thrive on earth. Show more Show less