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Hi I'm Tierney

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Junior in college with the goal of becoming a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. I love hot chocolate and 80s films. I want to make the world a better place. And I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't used to believe in God. I thought it was vain and stupid to think that there was someone who created me and who loved me. I frequently wrote essays and read books about the problems with being in a religion. How could a God who loves me, send me to Hell for all eternity? Why did the Bible say one thing, but preachers and evangelists did another thing? How could the same scripture verse be interpreted in hundreds of different ways, all with different meanings and consequences? Religion, and specifically Christianity, never made sense to me. But last year in May, I was going through a really hard time. I recently lost a very close friendship because I made a huge mistake. I had no friends and it felt like I had nothing to live for. One night, as I was lying in bed crying, I had the strangest urge to pray. I tried ignoring it but after a while, I couldn't stand it anymore and I knelt down and prayed for the first time in over six years. And I got an answer. At the end of my prayer, all the pain and grief that had been keeping me up all night was still there. But in addition to all the suffering I was going through, I felt something else. Something warm and nice and beautiful. It felt like someone was hugging me, and even though I wasn't sure if everything was going to be okay, I knew that someone was there who loved me. After that, I went on a search to figure out my faith. I had spent so much of my time mocking those who had believed in God, so now that I was one of them, what was I supposed to do? All of the questions that plagued me before were still unanswered. I was going through a huge internal struggle. I believed in God but I had no idea where to go from there. I did all kinds of things to try to solve my dilemma. I checked out books on religion from the library; I prayed more; I read articles from Christian magazines. And then one day I found the mormon.org website. It answered a few of my questions the way no one else did. I wanted to learn more and more. I read every piece of information I could find on their website and I used the chat feature to talk with real Mormons. I wanted so bad to request missionaries to visit me, but I was scared. I was afraid that they wouldn't be able to answer my questions. But I finally got the courage to invite some missionaries to talk to me. We decided to meet in the park by my house (I was living with my parents at the time and they did not approve of a lot of churches, including the Mormon one). The first meeting I had was an interesting one. At the beginning, they gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon and said that they'd like me to read parts of it before we met again. I didn't want to meet with them again; I just wanted to ask my questions and then go on my merry way. But by the end of that meeting, I was so happy and so fulfilled that when they said, "when can we meet with you again?" I begged them to meet me tomorrow. I met with missionaries almost every day for a month (even though they said that people normally only meet with them once every one or two weeks). I never realized it at the time, but the more I was learning about the church, the more I knew it was true. The more questions they answered, the more I had. And they answered every one. This was half a year ago and I still have questions. And the church is still able to answer them. I am so grateful for this church, the missionaries who taught me, and Heavenly Father who brought me back to Him.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by example. I be the best person I can be by doing what I know my Heavenly Father and my Savior want me to do. I am proud to be a Mormon and I don't want to give anyone a bad impression of the church by making bad choices.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Tierney
Mormon women aren't weird or that much different from you and me. In my experience, the women in my church have been more encouraging, helpful, supportive, and beautiful than a lot of worldly women I've met. They have high moral standards and they stay true to their beliefs. Mormons definitely believe in equality of men and women! We are all children of Heavenly Father and we should all be treated as such. Mormon men are taught from a young age to always respect and honor women, and women are taught from a young age to always be worthy of that respect and honor. A lot of people new to the church's teachings may think that the church views men as superior to women (this is because only men hold the Priesthood and a lot of church leadership positions are only open to men). However, this is untrue. Men and women are different -- just look at us! Heavenly Father, from the very beginning, created women and men differently and therefore we have different responsibilities. Women have the blessings and responsibilities of motherhood and men have the blessings and responsibilities of the Priesthood. Show more Show less