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 Lanny

I'm an actor, a teacher, a husband, a father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently finishing up graduate school, getting a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting. I've worked all across the US as an actor and look forward to working professionally when I graduate. I'm also a father and a husband, which I LOVE!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I love God, I love the community, and I love the standards that are practiced in the LDS church. I'm happy to raise my young daughter in a community that validates the same standards I want my daughter to have as she grows older and begins to date. As a husband I feel it gives me good guidance in the proper way to treat women as daughters of God. As a human being, it has kindled in me a love of mankind. Regardless of belief, I know that we are all sons and daughters of God, and try my hardest to treat everyone I meet as such.

How I live my faith

I serve in my church as our congregations mission leader. I coordinate with the Missionaries in helping spread the message of the gospel to the community in which I live. In my every day life, I live the gospel by trying to be a good person and showing unconditional love to everyone around me. I know that God loves all of his children, and as such I work my hardest to love everyone too. Even those that make me ornery sometimes!

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Lanny
 Mormons have a unique view on the godhead, believing that God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are three separate beings. Some churches preach that because of this, we are polytheistic, or that we don't believe in the real Jesus, but this is not true. When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, all three were present and distinct. Jesus was a man, being baptized, the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove, and the voice of God from heaven spoke the words, "This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased." Some also argue that we worship Joseph Smith and other prophets. This is also not true. Although we heed the advice and wisdom that latter day prophets impart on us, we know that only Jesus can bring us salvation. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Lanny
It does not, which is one of the things I love about the church. I am probably what would be considered a "liberal" Mormon, but have never felt alienated or unwelcome because of it. The church is very clear that it wants its members to vote and participate according to their conscience. In fact, in our government there are church members in both parties. Harry Reid, the senate majority leader is a Latter Day Saint, as well as Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, Jr. and numerous others serving in the Senate and Congress. Show more Show less