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Hi I'm Colleen

I'm into art and design and the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As an interior design college student, I have a huge interest in art, design, nature, and creative ideas. I love finding ways to make things more beautiful and enjoyable. I love hanging out with friends, and doing random things to have fun. I enjoy trying new things, which means I know a little about a lot of different things but not a lot about any one thing. Some interests I've gotten into and activities I've tried are: Oil painting, charcoal drawing, Photoshop, AutoCAD, hiking, canyoneering, rock climbing, karate/self defense, ceramics, photography, soccer, cross country, camping, writing, and dancing hip hop, ballroom, and big band swing. Most important in my life are my amazing family and friends, and continuing to grow and learn and become better.

Why I am a Mormon

Born into this church, I learned as a small child that I truly am a child of a Heavenly Father who loves me - so much! As I grew into my teen years, things like the death of my best friend's baby sister, and a desire to fit in and "be cool" wedged doubt and fear between my faith and me. I became preoccupied with putting on an air of stoicism, locking my feelings deep inside. I obsessed over my appearance. I was nothing but lonely and sad. I turned from my faith to search for happiness elsewhere, only to be sorely disappointed. God gave me some sharply poignant reminders of His existence, and of His power here on this earth, the priesthood power found in His restored church. It has been a huge blessing to me throughout my life. I felt the healing power and grace of my Savior Jesus the Christ. I began to seek to know Him, and rebuild my relationship with Him. I became joyful again, and felt substantial instead of shell-like. Truly filled with His eternal love, I've been on a quest of following the Savior's example and sharing that love with others ever since. More blessings have come to me than I could ever express, but a mere handful include peace, knowledge, wisdom, more love and empathy, a desire to serve, more power to overcome my many shortcomings, strength to go through hard times looking for the blessing, physical strength, eternal perspective, and an understanding of what it really implicates that I am a literal spirit daughter of deity. I simply know it is true-all of it! I know it is true not because someone told me, but because I feel the Holy Ghost, a warm positive feeling, come over me as I live the restored gospel and keep God's commandments.

How I live my faith

It has been invaluable to me to be able to be a part of something that requires sacrifice and giving. It seems the more I give, I receive 10 times back in return. I have served in several capacities within the organization of the church. I was able to overcome most of my fear of public speaking when I chose to accept teaching a women's class once a month. I knew it was opportunity, and so I did it even though I was scared, and the first time I taught I fainted completely! I got a lot better after that because I didn't give up and I sought guidance and strength from God. Right now I help the women in my ward (congregation) check in with each other to make sure everyone is doing well. Its nice to feel like I have a support group who are all totally there for me. Six months ago I returned from serving a full-time 18 month mission in Florida. All I did during that time was talk to people and teach them about the gospel of Christ, and invite them to come see. I grew so much as a person, and I was also able to see many lives changed for the better as individuals who I love dearly learned, and quite a few accepted the Savior's invitation to "come follow." Every day when I read the Bible and Book of Mormon I am strengthened by reading and learning and applying. Praying is constant-I pray every day at least several times a day. Why? Because of the peace and love that flow into me when I do.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Colleen
Though I had a really difficult time accepting the death of my best friend's little sister when I was young, I had a very contrasting experience about a year-and-a-half ago when my sweet sweet nephew passed away suddenly. I knew that he was with Heavenly Father and Jesus, and that he was healthy and happy and freed from the pain and damage done to his tiny mortal body from illness. He is moving forward in the next level of the beautiful plan God has for His children. We will all die physically, but our spirits do not. Someday everyone who has ever lived will be reunited with their physical bodies forever. This is only possible because Jesus died and overcame death for us! I know that there's more in store for my spirit than this life, as important as mortality is in the eternities. Show more Show less