What Is a Church Community?

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 Rex

I am a U.S. Army veteran and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Dad and Grandfather with three wonderful adult children, a couple of terrific daughters-in-law, and four cute grandchildren! I have been privileged to travel through much of the world both while serving in the U.S. Army and while working international construction. I have lived and worked in Saudi Arabia, Germany, Turkey, and have spent significant time in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. I am comfortable in South America and Asia. I have seen first-hand the challenges faced by the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. And yet I find that the greatest satisfaction comes to me at home, associating with good people, seeing my (sometimes) paltry garden grow, and caring for that which God has entrusted to my care.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of us have to make a decision about whether or not we continue to associate ourselves with the Church. I have made that decision in the affirmative. I have decided based on continuous, calm and peaceful guidance throughout my life. This guidance I recognize as the Spirit of our Father in Heaven gently urging me toward a greater understanding of life, people, and the wide universe in which we all live. This is the foundation of my testimony. There have been many times in my military career where I could not attend Church. As a young man I was stationed in an isolated city in eastern Turkey with 50 other U.S. servicemen. I remember writing to the authorities in Salt Lake City asking where was the Church in such an isolated place. I received an immediate response from one of the General Authorities of the Church. He gave me a responsibility, he gave me support in the form of a personal letter each month, and at the end of my 17 months of overseas service he met with me inquiriying about my welfare! One person! And one good man genuinely concerned about me! I have had many personal revelations testifying to me of God's love for me but never more forcefully than by this one good man. Truly we act as God's hands and heart. We shed his tears. We hug those who are in need of comfort. We provide food, shelter and the basics of life for many. This is a gospel of action, of attention to our fellowmen, of charity, the true love of Christ, as reflected in the 13th Chapter of First Corinthians. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have had the privilege of providing many forms of service while working in my Ward, my home Church unit. I have been a Scout leader, taught four-year-olds, worked with teen aged boys, and held various leadership positions. I've also mucked out stalls on a dairy farm, harvested apples, planted pumpkins, canned pears, and picked endless rows of corn. I hope to be able to continue to serve the rest of my life. I try to be honest with all whom I come in contact. I try to do good to all men. I sincerely try to pass God-given values on to my children and grandchildren.