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Hi I'm Tiffany

I'm a writer. I'm a librarian-in-progress. I'm seriously addicted to books, chocolate, sushi, and anime. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm 22 years old, and I recently returned from serving the Lord in the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Mission, where I served as a missionary for eighteen months. I loved it and I miss it, but it's good to be back in Arizona! I'm the second oldest of a clan of eight - four girls and four boys. The youngest five of my siblings were adopted. My family was involved with foster care for over six years, and it's an experience that I wouldn't exchange for anything! I LOVE my family! We're crazy and loud and occasionally get on each other's nerves, but we love each other and take care of each other, and there is never a dull moment in our home! My parents are my heroes! I've been blessed with the opportunity to travel quite a bit in my short lifetime. I was born in Germany, then raised in England, Saudi Arabia, and then finally landed Arizona, where my family has lived for about thirteen years now. I plan to go back to school this spring, with the goal of eventually working as a young adult librarian. I'm the product of our local library teen group, and I love it! Young adult fiction is probably my favorite genre, though I love any good book. In my free time I love to read, write, role-play online with friends, and play video games - the Final Fantasy and Zelda series are favorites of mine. I'm a Harry Potter fanatic, a Lord of the Rings enthusiast, and a lover of all things fantasy and Sci-Fi. I'm also a huge fan of anime and the Miyazaki films.

Why I am a Mormon

There are many reasons why I am a Mormon. I was born and raised in the church, and I honestly can't remember a time when I didn't know that this church was true. That's not to say I never doubted - I did, especially during my late teens. I doubted the church and I doubted myself. How could Jesus Christ know and love me? Someone so insignificant? How could I know for certain that these things I'd been taught all my life were true? Even as I did my very best to live the way I'd been told I should, I wondered if I was just wasting my life following rules and struggling to be the 'perfect' Mormon. The irony of that is that there is no such thing as a 'perfect' Mormon. We're Mormons because we're imperfect, and the church helps us to become better. I realized that I was never going to really know if this was true unless I took the challenge given by Moroni in the final chapter of the Book of Mormon to pray and ask God whether or not it is true, if this church is really His church, and these teachings His teachings and what He wants for me in my life. I did that. I prayed to know - not just once, but over and over again. And I received my answer. It didn't come all at once. It came gradually, over a period of time as I started to realize bits and pieces of what I was learning and doing were true, and good, and of God. Until I was able to say, without a doubt in my heart or my mind, that I know that this church is true. I am still strengthening my testimony each and every day, still learning and growing as I share these things that I know to be true with others. Why am I a Mormon? Not because my parents are. Not because my friends are. I'm a Mormon because I know that this church truly is the church of Jesus Christ, restored to the Earth in these last days, and that Jesus Christ loves me, imperfections and all, and that by living His gospel I can live with Him and with those I love forever. So, why am I a Mormon? Because it is true. And I know it.

How I live my faith

I recently returned from serving the Lord as a full-time missionary. That means I got to spend all day, every day, for eighteen months talking to people and sharing with them what matters most to me - the gospel! Before my mission, I served in my local ward by teaching the Sunbeams - the four-and-five year old children. There is nothing more humbling and joyful than teaching those sweet, sweet spirits - or, more often, being taught by them! I also served as the Stake Young Single Adult co-chair, which meant that I got to help organize activities and events for the young adults ages 18-30 living in my area. Mostly, though, I just live my faith the very best I can by trying to make the choices that Heavenly Father would have me make day to day. I'm far from perfect, but I do my best, just like everyone else.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Tiffany
Yes, we most certainly do! We keep in mind, however, the history of the Bible, and are aware that during the many different translations, certain truths from the Bible have been lost in translation, or in some sad cases perhaps even purposely removed. We study from the King James Version of the Bible, believing that translation to be the most correct of any of the different translations. There are so many wonderful stories and lessons to be learned from the Bible plus, it contains the beautiful records of Christ's ministry! How could we not study from it? Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Tiffany
When missionaries visit people, they talk about Christ. He is the center of our message, and this is His church. They explain to them those things that we believe, and help them to understand why we believe them. They invite people to read the Book of Mormon, to pray and to ask God for themselves if what they are teaching is true, and to attend church. Ultimately, they invite people to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized. There is no pressure from them to believe what they teach, or to do anything that you don't want to do - they only share, and invite. The rest is up to you. Show more Show less