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 Dillon

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married a little over two years to my best friend and dancing partner. Ballroom and Latin dances are our favorite but we like others too. We don't have any children presently, due to my wife's health, but we hope to someday. I love sports and the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I didn't always know if what I had been taught was true. I felt that the Church helped me to be a better person and for our home to have more love and unity but I hadn't really asked God if this was His truth. I decided I really, really wanted to know. I studied the Book of Mormon and asked God in prayer if it was truly His word. At first, it felt like I wasn't getting an answer. I believe God answers prayers when we have "real intent." To me, this means that I needed to approach God with the attitude that I would do whatever the answer was--no matter what. It was scary to think that the answer might be "no" because I would have to choose between following my family and following God. In the end, I knew I had to trust my Heavenly Father implicitly, even more than my earthly father. The next time I prayed to know I had the most sublime experience. My soul glowed with warmth and happiness and I knew that what I had been taught was true. I now know that God and His Son, Jesus Christ, live and love me. I know God will answer the prayer of anyone who is genuinely and sincerely seeking Him.

How I live my faith

Jesus Christ taught that when we serve others, we are really serving Him. In my local congregation, I've been asked to be a secretary to the bishop. I help other members schedule appointments with him so they can get counsel and support. It is wonderful to see God working through local leaders. I also visit two families in their homes at least once a month to make sure they are doing OK physically and spiritually. When I can, I volunteer to help beautify our neighborhood, like when several faith-based groups got together to construct a park and playground. Though I'm very imperfect, I just try and treat others the way Jesus Christ would treat them.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Dillon
Absolutely! Jesus Christ IS the Son of God and He is the personal Savior and Redeemer of the world. We believe the Bible’s account of His ministry to the people around Jerusalem. He was crucified and rose again on the third day with an immortal body of flesh and bones. This made it possible for Him to also minister to the people in the ancient Americas, as recorded in the Book of Mormon. We believe that Jesus Christ still lives and loves all people and wants us to be like Him. As evidence of this love, He has once again called a prophet to restore His Church and Jesus Christ continues to speak to His prophet today. Jesus Christ will return.  Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Dillon
The first question to answer is “Has God ever commanded plural marriage before?” The Bible teaches that the answer to this question is ‘yes’ see Genesis 161–3 2923–30 304, 9 Judges 830 1 Samuel 11–2. I believe the Bible to be the word of God and so I believe that prophets like Abraham and Jacob were obeying God when they had more than one wife. In 1831, Joseph Smith was instructed by God to reinstate the practice of plural marriage. It is important to note that both men and women were free to refuse offers of marriage they found unacceptable. As in Biblical times, plural marriage did not continue indefinitely. Wilford Woodruff, fourth president of the Church, received in 1890 what Latter-day Saints believe to be a revelation in which God withdrew the command to practice plural marriage. The practice is still outlawed in the Church and no person can practice plural marriage and remain a member. Today I am happily married to one woman and only want to be married to one woman for all eternity. Even though the thought of having more than one wife is still somewhat foreign to me, I still respect the sacrifices made by those who practiced plural in the Bible and in the early days of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Dillon
Grace is divine help, strength, or mercy. The Bible teaches that “through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved.” After this life, the grace of Jesus Christ allows all of us to live again with our body inseparably connected to our spirit. This happens unconditionally, even for people who have lived wicked lives. His grace also cleanses us from our own sins and makes it possible to live with our families forever in God’s presence. Though His grace saves us, He has not removed our responsibility. We are only redeemed on the condition that we will have faith in Him, repent of our sins, and be obedient to His commandments. The grace of Jesus Christ is available to help all of us live better lives today and we all need it. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Dillon
Many people mistakenly think that Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon. He did not. The Book of Mormon was actually written by several prophets of God who lived in the Americas, roughly between the years 600 BC and 400 AD. Each prophet would inscribe their record on metal plates and then pass them on. Eventually these records were compiled and abridged on gold plates by a prophet named Mormon and then buried in the ground to protect them. In 1823, Joseph Smith was directed by a heavenly messenger to the place where the plates were buried. In time, he translated the record into English by the power of God. To know if this is true, a person must read the Book of Mormon and sincerely ask God in prayer if this is truly the origin of the book. God answers such prayers. Show more Show less