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Hi I'm Kim!

I'm a Mormon, through and through!

About Me

I currently live in Utah, but I grew up in upstate New York. I was one of only a few Mormons in my high school. I'm almost 42, single, with my own little house and a big tiger tabby-cat named Ty. I work for a monument company. We make cemetery headstones for families who are grieving. I run the office, help the families who come to us, and do all of the graphic design. I love my job! I love to sew quilt tops which are donated to the church for humanitarian service. I'm glad that I enjoy sewing as much as I do because it keeps me from spending too much time on Facebook! I also enjoy doing Family Search name indexing, which involves transcribing records like census pages that can be used by people researching their family lines. I am also a big fan of The Discovery Channel show, "Dirty Jobs." I don't have a TV, so I download the episodes on iTunes, and also watch "The Amazing Race" online as well. I have lots of friends and a wonderful family. My life is filled with good things and I am a happy person!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents listened to the missionaries when I was 2 years old. My father was the first to decide to be baptized, while Mom followed later. She told us that she did it at first because she thought it would please Dad, but Dad wanted her to have her own testimony, so he challenged her to read The Book of Mormon and find out for herself that it was true. She took him up on that challenge and found her own faith. We are still the only members on both sides of our family. Mom and Dad raised us to do the right things for the right reasons and to make our own decisions while filling our home with faith, fun, and laughter. When difficult times struck our family (Dad suffered from depression and had to be hospitalized), it was my Wednesday nights with the church's youth activities that helped keep me sane and grounded despite the turmoil at home. The experiences I had while at Youth Conferences and Girls Camps, as well as those I had while studying the scriptures on my own helped to solidify my own conviction that I was truly a member of the Lord's true church and that I was where I belonged. If I hadn't had that faith to cling to, I don't know how I would have survived high school. My only regret is that I didn't share it more. I was so different from my high school friends, I had a tendency to keep to myself in that regard. I wish I had invited more people to come out to the activities that I enjoyed so much so that they would have a better understanding of who I was and why I was who I was. They knew I was a Mormon and they knew I was different, but beyond that, there was very little understanding. If I could go back, I'd do it differently today.

How I live my faith

My local ward meets in the chapel right across the street from my house. It's one of the crazy things about living in Utah! I sing in the ward choir, and I also have a calling as the ward chorister, which means I lead the music for the main meeting. (Sacrament meeting) Because I am fairly flexible, having no husband or children at home, I willingly accept requests to substitute teach in the children's Primary (gospel classes for the little folks) when a teacher is sick, and I enjoy that very much. Because the church teaches us that there is a plan for our salvation, and that mortality and death are a part of that plan, it helps me comfort the grieving families who come in to see me at work. When my own mother passed away unexpectedly, I mourned and still mourn the separation from her, but it is so much easier to bear with the knowledge that her spirit still lives, is not far away, and that she is most likely involved in learning and teaching others on the other side...things she enjoyed while she was here in mortality. I like to say that death is still lousy for those of us left behind, but it makes more sense in the overall scheme of things, making it easier to accept and deal with. I mentioned sewing quilt tops for humanitarian service. I started doing that when the ward was running a project for the sisters to tie quilts every Monday. Since I work all day, it was a way I could contribute, and I get a kick out of taking donated random fabrics and turning them into something beautiful. The ward project has been completed after three years, but I can still sew tops and donate them to the humanitarian room at the local church-owned Deseret Industries to be finished and distributed where they are needed. I'm glad I still have some place to donate them, because my house is still full of leftover fabric to sew!