What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

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 Joe

I'm from England, I love my family, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Sports & Exercise Science graduate currently working in local government. I love playing basketball and Mario Kart with my wife. I love to read, and once I have started reading a book I tend to be completely unreachable until I have finished. I got married in 2007 and my daughter was born in 2013, I love my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church and had a very positive experience in the youth programme. My family and church leaders helped me to find out that the gospel of Jesus Christ was of God, by encouraging me to live its teachings and watch the promises in the scriptures come true. Being a Mormon is really important to me. I know that I can be with my family forever and that knowledge provides me with great strength. I am very thankful that Heavenly Father loves his children enough to have sent His Son to atone for our sins and provide the perfect sacrifice, allowing us all to live again. I am grateful for the prophet Joseph Smith, who was humble enough to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord to restore the true church to the earth. In a dangerous world, I take great comfort in the gospel. As a Mormon I have made, and endeavour to keep, sacred covenants. Covenants have power, and I know that I am blessed and protected, along with my family, as I do my best to live by the covenants I have entered into. I want to do good, I want to help others, I want to live with those I love, for eternity.

How I live my faith

At church I am the ward clerk, this means I am the administrator. The Lord's house is a house of order, so I know that this role is important and I try my best to make sure things are accurate and up to date. At home I try to read the scriptures everyday and build up my relationship with my Heavenly Father through prayer. I try to be understanding and compassionate in the way I treat others, remembering that we all have self-worth and deserve respect. I try to act when I see opportunities to be kind. Because I'm tall this is often (in fact, very often) involves getting things off the top shelf for people in the supermarket :-) I have to be the best example I can to my daughter. My wife and I include her in family prayer and we read the scriptures together every day. It's great to see her close her eyes and fold her arms when she is impatiently waiting for dinner! I like to tell people what I believe in, no matter how "old fashioned" it may seem. I know that I am blessed for the way I live my life, and I know everyone else can benefit from living the way Heavenly Father would have them live. I'm by no means perfect, but that doesn't put me off trying. I really enjoy serving others, and will happily go out of my way to assist people when they need help: "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:40)

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Joe
I took up the challenge in the Book of Mormon, to read it, and to ask Heavenly Father if it is true. I had my witness, an overwhelming feeling of peace and safety came over me in the very act of praying. I'd never felt anything like it before. You can also receive this same assurance from God that the church is true, when you keep the commandments of God. That is one of the greatest things revealed to us, that you can know the truth of all things. Mormons do not have to be blind in their faith. While I trust the Lord and trust the leaders of the church, I can always pray to Heavenly Father to receive confirmation about any point of doctrine. Your Heavenly Father wants you to know the truth, so expect an answer! Show more Show less