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 Lauren

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a psychology major, I have a cat, and I can do the splits.

Why I am a Mormon

The church is true. I couldn't leave it if I wanted to. I just know that it's true. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I currently serve in my church as a devotional leader. I attend a ward that is specifically for young, single adults. Each Sunday evening, all of us gather together to have a ward devotional, where we have a spiritual thought, and a spotlight to get to know members of the ward better, and then we pray as a group. Afterwards we have treats, and we write nice notes to each other that are delivered later that night to each apartment in our ward. It is my job to plan, organize, and conduct those meetings each week, and to deliver the nice notes afterward. I love the opportunity to get to know all the members of my ward, and spend time with them. Another way I serve in the church is through visiting teaching. Along with a companion, I am assigned two women to visit teach each month. Although the girls are "assigned" to me, I don't view them as projects. Each month I share a spiritual message with them, but throughout the rest of the month I also like to spend time with them, get to know them, help them with whatever they might need. I also have visiting teachers who do the same for me each month. I share a strong connection with the women that I serve, and serving them also helps me feel closer to Heavenly Father.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

I absolutely believe that Jesus appeared in North America. He was crucified to save the entire world, so to me it makes sense that He would also show himself to more than one and teach them the gospel. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Baptism is an essential step to our salvation. It is impossible to return to live with Heavenly Father without being baptized. Unfortunately many people have passed away without having the opportunity to be baptized. People died before Christ was born, or they grew up in countries where they didn't have the freedom to choose their own religion, or maybe they just were never taught the Gospel. All these people who haven't been baptized are still Heavenly Father's children, and He still loves them very much. We perform baptisms for the dead so that they can have that chance to return to Him. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

It all goes toward helping those in need. None of our clergy are paid, so our tithing money does not go to their salary. Tithing money can go to support missionaries, to buy food for those who can't afford their own groceries, to emergency supplies for communities who have experienced natural disasters, and other things. I personally have received help with groceries from the Church, and I am very grateful that the tithing money was available when I needed help.  Show more Show less