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Hi I'm Jery

I grew up in a broken home too smart for my own good.Things were easy without trying. I found joy in Christ's gospel.I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I lived with my father and his new wife, who out right told me when I was seven years old, that there would be no calling her Mommy. I didn't see my mother for nearly 20 years. I went to a different scool each year until high school, and dropped out to get a GED and leave home a month after turning 17. A month later I was homeless and lived an 'alternative lifestyle' for ten years. Every job was easily mastered and abandoned. Truck driver and lumper, computer repairman, psychiatric attendant or cab driver it didn't matter. Neither my professional nor personal life had any direction or rewards for me. Every self indulgence, every selfish choice made, every self serving immorality left only hollow feelings of worthlessness. Not until I was offered, accepted and completed an electrical apprenticeship did I find any worldly satisfaction. I thought that with increasing financial resources, I could find what I had been missing. But the value of things possessed or stimulation of sensations did not bring the promised relief from hollowness. Relationships had all been fleeting and noncomittal with those as distressed as myself. Finally I realized that I needed a permanent, commited contact with another human being, so I found someone who would accept my support and companionship. After five years, they failed me, no longer accepting my being enough alone. I found another with a greater need, but was wary of trusting my search for meaning in another as fallible as myself.

Why I am a Mormon

My first wife had a need so great I was sure she could never leave. She had been emotionally and physically abused for ten years, and I wanted to help her overcome that. Sometimes my own wants interferred and I despaired of her progression. Then her parents introduced me to 'The Church'. My religious life to this point had been rudimentary. When young, I had attended alone in order to avoid being put to work at home. I felt occasional stirrings at meetings, and stronger feelings at a summer night tent revival meeting. Enough to learn that there WAS something to this religion thing, so through the years, I would drop into various denominational meetings to investigate their take on it. Met a lot of good people, but they seemed nearly as confused as was I. When I heard that her parents belonged to that church, I thought it would be like all the others. But when I attended their meeting, I felt something different. Something indescribable that reminded me of that summer night revival meeting. Something stronger, and surer. As I listened to the members speak, I felt that there WAS a God, and that He was near. and that they knew it. I wanted to feel more and know more, and everything I learned fit together, and answered life long questions, and put all my sad experiences into a new, more beneficial light. Why are we here, where do we come from, where do we go, why do bad things happen to good people? My science education and scepticism were shown in their true places. Everything fit and felt good. Evidences and feelings piled higher and higher and I had to admit to myself that here was the real deal, and that if I ever wanted to partake of this knowledge and promises, that I must commit to discipleship of Christ and follow wholeheartedly his teachings. With trust in the promises of Jesus, I quit my 40 year habits of drinking and smoking, and learned the joy of becoming a part of a great effort to relieve suffering in the world by donating an unmissed tenth of my income

How I live my faith

If the ministry of Jesus could be labeled with a single word, would it be Love, or Service? And is there a difference? We show Love by giving meaningful Service. There are opportunities to serve others all around, some more visible than others.Cheerfulness and positive expressions are easily shared and uplifting. Kind words to a beggar are sometimes more appreciated than coins. An example of honesty and responsibility may be seen by a child and make a life long impression. A teacher to a seeking heart is like water in the desert. There is never enough kindness or concern in the world. The more that I set aside personal vanities and pursuits, the better I am able to see the needs of others, and to feel the pleasure of serving in small things. Small to me, perhaps, maybe life saving to them. In the church, there are many opportunities, as well. I have taught in the nursery, boys, adults and old men. Each requiring varying degrees of nursmaiding.lol Each lesson requiring prayer and study that educated me more than anyone listening. I support our leaders by serving wherever invited, as I know they are volunteers as well, and cannot do it all alone. I serve in my own family, recognizing the value of each individual in God's eyes. I know that our weakness are temporary, and can be overcome with help and endurance. I try to forgive every fault in others, and recognize and improve my own. I know that our growth through trials gives experience that is worth more than any material things, and we are better for the things lived through. My first wife of 15 years, died after a long illness, and as she died in my arms, I could feel she was comforted by this knowledge. My wife now is the love of my life, who I could not have appreciated or well and truly loved without the learning and living I have experienced. And she knows the same about me. We both know that our wonderful life together now is a direct result of lessons learned and commitments kept in the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Jery
The Old Testament is the foundation of three world religions,Judaism, Islam, and Christianity which is it's fulfillment as expressed in the New Testament. We have no examples of the writings of anyone before Moses, or after the death of the Old World disciples. But we know that prophets have always been commanded to write down the words given to them, it is just that they may become lost to our knowledge. Prior to the destruction of Solomon's Temple abt 600 BC a faithful few from the descendants of Ephraim were led away to safety and they had the words of the prophets up to that time. They continued the tradition for over 1000 years. Many years ago, records and tallys were actually marked on sticks which were split in two through the marks so that each half had the same marks and when they were reunited, it was obvious if there had been alterations. There is currently a great discussion about the meaning of Ezekiel 37:16-17 and whether it can be understood, or even left out of the Bible. But when we understand that anciently Israel was split into the ten tribes led by Ephraim in the north, and Judah (precursor to the modern word Jews) and Benjamin in the south, and when the Lord returns, the stick(book) of Judah and the stick (book) of Joseph shall be joined as one. The Book of Mormon and the Bible share the same root and were split in 600 bc. But with the same Lord dictating, when brought together, they are mutually reinforcing, clarifying, one helping explain the other Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Jery
For me,one of the sweetest testimonies of Jesus Christ,is that of His Father in New Testament Matthew 3 :17 "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." What child would not be thrilled to hear these words from their father? Then consider the Father..... and consider the Son and His mission for which He was prepared. Following the completion of His mission of rescue in the Old World, we hear a second testimony from the Father in recognition of the resurrected Lord saying," This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my Name--Hear Him" And this was delivered in a voice described as 'not a harsh voice,neither was it a loud voice; nevertheless and notwithstanding it being a small voice it did pierce them that did hear to the center, insomuch that there was no part of their frame that it did not cause to quake; yea it did pierce them to the very soul, and did cause their hearts to burn." And this was humanly understandable only after the third repetition. "Behold, I am Jesus Christ.... I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father...Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side... feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet..." We recognize Him from His compassion, to those of the more faithful who had survived the upheaval and destruction of the three days preceding, He taught the Sermon on the Mount, then said, "Bring your sick your lame..." Show more Show less