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Hi I'm Eric

I grew up in Nampa, Idaho and met the LDS missionaries when I was 20 years old. I became a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a community that consisted of a majority of Mormons. Going to school and not being a Mormon was sometimes difficult because I believed they were "clickish." I grew up with kids from school since first grade until I graduated from High School. While I was in High School I became close friends with two Mormons. I looked up to their high standards and their ability to have a quick wit without using vulgarity. I had always wanted to be member of a Church, but never was baptized. My parents believed that I should only be baptized into a Church that I wanted to be a member of. Reflecting back on their decision, I am happy for their counsel. When I was in college I began dating a Mormon lady. I looked up to her and her family. I always felt comfortable around them and felt at peace. The lady was dating is now my wife. She introduced me to the missionaries and I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We were married in non-denominational Church and ultimately married for eternity in the Boise, ID Temple. As a convert to the Church, I am the only member on my side of the family. Sometimes that is a struggle, but my mom and dad say they are proud of me. They only say good things about the way my wife and I are raising our family in the Gospel. I am proud to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and would encourage anyone investigating this Church to sincerely pray about the truthfulness of the Gospel and ACT.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a community that comprised of 90% Mormons. I stayed in the same small town for school from grades 1-12. I grew up with my classmates from 1st grade. I participated in sports, scouts, and other community activities with my classmates. Even with all of the involvement with and around Mormons, my parents always talked bad about them. I was raised to not like the Mormon religion because they were "different." My parents made fun of the Temple we had in our area. When I was in college, I started dating a lady who was Mormon. We ultimately were married. The first time I met her family, there were a ton of little kids running around and complete chaos. I grew up with only one brother. My wife had numerous brothers and sisters, which resulted in numerous nieces and nephews. Although there were a ton of kids running around, there was a spririt present that made me feel welcome in their home. I thought to myself, "What is this feeling?" I would later learn that that this was the Holy Ghost providing comfort to me. My wife and I dated for about a year and then we were married. Before we were married, my wife introduced me to the missionaries. She made it crystal clear that she did not want me to join the Church for her. She did not even want to be in the same room with me when I was taking the lessons, because she didn't want to influence my decision. I'll never forget when the missionaries challenged me to pray about the truth of the Gospel. I did and received a burning sensation that the Church was true. My wife and I have been married in the Temple for time and eternity. I bear testimony that this Church is true. If you doubt that, I challenge you to take the missionary lessons and pray on your own. I further bear testimony that Heavenly Father loves each of us, regardless of our religion, but that there can only be one true Church and one true Gospel. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the restored Church.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I have served in many different capacities. I have served as a young men's leader, a scout leader, a teacher for little kids all the way to adults, a missionary for my Ward, and most recently as a leader of adult men from the ages of 18-55. I am now responsible for ensuring their welfare both spritually and temporally. I am also assigned as a home teacher. In this responsibility, I am assigned two families that I visit with once a month to check on them and make sure everything is okay in their homes. In this capacity, I am charged with teaching a Gospel lesson, encouraging the family to pray and read their scriptures, check on their welfare, and leave with identifying anything that I may be able to help with or to speak with the Bishop about. Everyday I live my faith just by trying to be a good person and attempt to look at every person as a Child of God regardless of their demeanor or appearance. I wouldn't consider myself that great at it, but I try on a daily basis. Also, I live my faith by being a good example and being kind to those around me. I also am open about who I am, a Mormon. I answer any questions my friends or family ask of me to the best of my ability. When someone is investigating the Church and asks me a question, I attempt to answer the question they had. I don't believe in preaching to them, but simply answering the question they had. If I don't know the answer, I candidly say that I don't know it, but that I will research it and get back with them. Nobody is perfect, especially me, but I firmly believe that by living my faith on a daily basis is the only way that I will grow. We can't choose when and when not to be Mormon. We either are or we aren't. I am a Mormon and try to live up to that example every day.