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 Jeanne

I'm a Mormon. I am 57 years old and live in Oregon. I was born and raised in Michigan in a large, Catholic family.

About Me

I moved to California when I was 24 and there got my MA in Psychology. I worked for over 30 years as a counselor and administrator in social services agencies, specializing in helping people with physical and mental disabilities (I am visually impaired myself). I moved to Oregon in 2006. As for my religious background, I attended Catholic elementary and high schools, but was never fully committed to this religion. As an adult, I dabbled in Buddhism and other metaphysical approaches to spirituality, always searching. I married my current husband in l996 and he came from a devout LDS family, though he wasn't going to church at the time. Early in 2001, his sister invited us to attend a Sacrament meeting to witness the blessing (like a christening) of one of their grandchildren and I reluctantly agreed to go. There I heard the missionary sisters bear their testimony (share their love for the Gospel in front of the congregation) and I was so moved, that I decided to find out more about the church. I took the investigator lessons and met with the mssionaries for many months. I struggled to understand the Book of Mormon. I wasn't sure if I fit in with this seemingly "clean cut" group. I was a child of the 60s! I had smoked marijuana, I had pre-marital sex, I was an educated and independent woman ewith a career, I was even divorced! I had not lead a naive, unscathed life! I soon discovered that my life was no different from so many others. I learned that Joseph Smith had formed the Relief Society, the oldest women's organization in the United States, in the 1840s. He had emphasized from very early on that women should be educated and self-reliant. I learned that one of the first hospitals in Utah was run by a Mormon woman. I began to learn that the men and women I was meeting in the church were not unlike me, with similar problems and struggles. After several months, I took a "leap of faith" and was baptized.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always had a belief in Jesus Christ, and my Heavenly Father, thanks to the good upbringing by my parents. But certain things didn't ring true for me from my education in Catholicism, such as the concept of original sin. The Atonement of Jesus Christ has made it possible for all of us to be born free of sin, and to return to our Heavenly Father if we obey His commandments. The clarity and understanding I have gained, and continue to gain, from my study of the Bible and the Book of Mormon continue to strengthen me and deepen my faith.

How I live my faith

I attend Church (all 3 hours on Sundays, including Sacrament meeting, Gospel Doctrine class, and Relief Society meeting), I pray often, I study my Scriptures, not as much as I should but I always try to do better, I do my best to fullfil my responsibility as a Relief Society teacher (I teach once a month), and I try to visit the other women who I have been assigned to visit each month and share the Gospel and fellowship with them. My husband and I both sing in our Church choir, which I truly love. But, above all, I strive to obey Heavenly Father's commandments and to be Christ-like in all my endeavors. I fail often, but I repent and carry on, always trying to become better.