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Hi I'm Burke

I'm a Mormon. I was baptized June 2011 at the age of 52. Prior to that I was a hard core atheist. I was changed by Jesus's Love.

About Me

For 52 years I was disdainful of Churches of all religions. I thought that those who went to church were suckers being led by self serving zealots. All that changed April 2011.

Why I am a Mormon

At that time I was drinking very heavily, and taking numerous medications for paranoid schizophrenia and depression. At that time I was contemplating suicide. I had tried to kill myself before using pills but did not die. I n my despair I cried out to the lord to help me. Through a series of instructions and guidance's by the Holy Ghost, I went to a christian church meeting on Easter. It was a non LDS church. I was spiritually directed at that time to join the LDS church, which was also the same church my mother and sister had been baptized into years before. I was not baptized until June, however during that time I read the bible and received powerful reassurances of love and peace in my soul. I have had no alcohol or medications since that time and have had no negative physical or mental experiences or cravings. That is in itself a miracle as I had been drinking well over a six pack of beer for 25 years. As far as my mental state I have never been happier and felt so optimistic about life! The decision to follow Jesus and join his church and adhere to his teachings has brought greater joy to my life than I ever would have imagined. The members of this church are the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of being associated with. I have experienced only great Love and support from them. That this beautiful group of passionate and loving people is called a "cult" is a testimony that dark forces are at work and that the truth is being concealed. If you have any doubts about anything I write here attend one meeting, and look at the high regard towards children, family and helping others. If those qualities define this group as a "cult" then I am overjoyed to be part of that culture! I testify these things are true in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

How I live my faith

I must confess that when it comes to be a spiritual person. I am kind of "the new kid on the block." Being baptized in June 2011 is not so long ago. Of course many of those with whom I meet at church have done missions and have been LDS members all their lives. As an atheist I was one who believed in no higher power than myself. That is a very interesting perspective. I see now that in my case it was a very selfish perspective. I thought of no one else but myself. I was not a good friend to either myself or to others. When you are convinced of your own righteousness, the world around you suffers. your innate goodness is withheld from others as it is trapped within your own bubble of selfishness and cannot escape. In the brief months since my Baptism I have learned much of the values of the bible and of the Book Of Mormon, and can find no fault in the lessons contained in them. I know and testify that following the teachings and commandments of these great scriptures will add great joy and happiness to your life. I have been doing a great deal of research into near death experiences and would ask anyone who questions spirituality to view the videos available on the net. We are eternal spirits. I believe we know this in our hearts. when you question whether these thing I say are true, pray about them devoutly. You will find the answer you seek. "I testify that all the things I have written here are true! I say this in the name of my Lord, Jesus Christ. AMEN".