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 Sydney

I'm an athlete. I'm a musician. I'm a dancer (at heart). I'm a missionary and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have played soccer for most of my life and I love it. I have also played the violin for about 7 years and continue to do so after my mission. I was a student at Utah Valley University with a majoring in Digital Media hoping to go into making movies as a carreer. I was born in D.C. and raised in Maryland, which I love too. I hope to live the rest of my life along the east coast, but who knows what will happen with that. I love history, politics, movies and going on road trips. I hope to be a world traveler one day.

Why I am a Mormon

Not many are givien the chance of being born into a family that already lives this faith, but I did. It was what I knew and what I was brought up to be, but when I was older I decided for myself that I wanted to know if this was what I wantde to do for the rest of my life. I was prepared to make some hefty life decisions and I knew that if I was going to persue these goals I wanted to find out how important this faith was to me. After about 4 years of praying I finally received my answer. It is a rare experiance to have a single event where your answer to your prayers was so strong and undeniable that it is too personal for me to write here. But after going about my life for the next two years not only did I know that this church was true and that Jesus' church was once again on the earth today, but I also came to know that the Lord had a plan for me, which included living as a missionary for the next 18 months to the Spanish-speaking people in the Arizona Tucson Mission. I am so happy to be here and I can already see how it has blessed me and my family.

How I live my faith

I try to be good friend, a good daughter and a good student. Families aren't easy but they are worth it and there is a reason for why each person is in our family. There is a reason why they are there. And when it comes to school, school has always been a struggle for me. However, I know that getting an education is something that I need to persue in this life. I know that having an education will bless myself and my family and it is one of those trials in life that I need the Lord's help to make it through.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

When it comes to church we just wear what we have that we think is best. You aren't going to be kicked out if you wear jeans and a shirt, but in general the church encourages people to not just show up to church wearing what they'd wear every other day; because church services are sacred we try to wear our best to show our respect. When it comes to holidays Christmas and Easter are big ones that we celebrate because they are all about the Savior, but we also celebrate every other holiday as well. I don't know what other holidays Mormons celebrate in other countries but here in the US my family and I and we celebrate Halloween, Valentines day, St. Patricks, April Fools and New Years. Just all the other stuff that comes up. Pretty normal. There are probably some that I missed but you get the idea. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Pretty awesome. Show more Show less

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

Yeah, we read the Bible. The Bible is good. The Bible is Great! Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Church occurs at a chapel. A regular chapel where we have Sunday services every week. A temple is where sacred ordinances (actions that we must do to progress spiritually) happen. One thing that happens in a temple that doesn't really happen in a regular chapel are marriages. Also, in order to enter you must be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and you must be worthy to enter. It is a sacred and holy place that not just anyone can walk into. You must earn the right to be there (same with heaven, you have to prove to God you are worthy to live in his presence). It is an amazing place. I love going whenever I can. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

To be completely honest..... I don't know. I find it a little silly and strange how so many people have this spooky and menacing idea of what members of the Church are like. They think of us as exclusive and mysterious. Our Sunday services, Sunday schools, institutes, semiaries and baptisms are all public. We through a TON of parties that everyone is invited to. I just think that members of the church are just like ordinary people and chances are you are already are friends with a member of our faith. Show more Show less