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 Kelsey

I'm from California. I'm a young stay-at-home mom of 2. I love my life and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay-at-home mom with a three-year-old daughter and a 14 month old son. My husband and I have been married for 4 years and have learned a lot in that time. I graduated from college with my AA last year and hope to go back for my bachelors some time in the future. I love to sew and hunt at thrift stores for a great deal. I also love to read and study-fiction, nonfiction, the classics, and just about anything else. Right now I'm reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I've recently become fascinated with sustainable farming practices and am hoping to begin growing a vegetable garden that will feed my family. I am the youngest of 5 kids and I grew up in the church. My dad died when I was a teenager and I feel like that's helped to shape my life a great deal. I have a strong desire to travel across the country and throughout the world. I've seen very little of the world and feel compelled to go anywhere and everywhere. I love doing craft projects with my kids and seeing them learn. My greatest weakness is for baked goods-anything with white flour in it and I'm in heaven!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church and raised an active member all my life. As I grew up, my parents did the best they could to teach us the truths of the gospel despite some turbulence in our home. Though we didn't have a model family life, I clung to the teachings of my parents and church leaders. I found peace in the words of Christ and the voice of the prophets, even when I wished for a slightly different life. I wanted to please the Lord and become like Him. I wanted so badly to feel the Spirit with me all the time, not just at church. From a very young age I can recall bearing testimony of the gospel and feeling a clear confirmation from the Holy Ghost that my testimony was correct and that the church was true. I can specifically remember a few instances in which I saw family members slipping away from the church. While observing their choices I said to myself, "I never want to do that". As a teenager I made the decision that I was going to live in accordance with the principles I had been taught, forever. When I began going to college and was forced to be more assertive in my learning, a whole world of gospel truths was opened up to me and my testimony expanded even more. The more I studied, pondered, prayed, attended, discussed and testified, the happier and stronger I became. Soon I felt that my eyes and my mind had been opened in a way then never had been before and more than ever I felt, gratefully, like my faith defined me as a person. When tempted to turn away or change or look back, the decision always seemed easy. I knew that the Lord was guiding my life and that through His Atonement, I was becoming more like the woman He created me to become. I know that I can reach my greatest potential and I want to with all of my heart. Most of all, I want for my children to know their Savior and turn to Him. I want all of these things because I know that the gospel is true, and my heart yearns to serve that Lord whose service saves me.

How I live my faith

My family and I attend our weekly church meeting regularly as well as any other midweek activities. I have been asked to offer my time as a service to the young children of the church, aged 3 to 12. I am a counselor to a president who oversees the children's church classes and activities. We carefully plan the structure of the classes, including the teachers chosen, and take turns teaching gospel lessons each week. It is a demanding job, but when I testify of the simple principles of the gospel and see the testimonies of each of the kids grow, I am filled with gratitude for my chance to serve. I also serve as a visiting teacher to 3 women who live near me. I am asked to visit or contact each of them every month just to make sure they're ok. One of these women has become a very good friend of mine and we see each other often. Another of these women has some struggles and I try hard to be a friend to her. In my home I work hard to invite a spirit of love and service. Each morning we pray together, sing a hymn and read a verse of scripture. I'm teaching my daughter to memorize uplifting verses of doctrine. At night we read scriptures and pray together again. My greatest effort is in shaping my family to live the gospel.