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 Marlin

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 73 years old and have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints since I was eight years old. I graduated from high school in 1956 and started college in early 1957. I was married when I started college. I earned a B.S. Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Northrop Aeronautical Institute in 1963. I worked as a Mechanical Design Engineer for several companies first in Aerospace in California then for various companies in Utah and Colorado. My wife and I were sealed together for all time and eternity in the Mormon temple in Los Angeles.My wife and I have been married for 55 years. We had three children born to us and we adopted one. We have 12 grandchildren and now have 7 great grand children.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe that the Church is the only true church on the earth. When Christ returns he will stand at the head of this church. That may sound rather egotistical to some but it is true. I believe that God the Father and the Son Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith, the founder of the church, as a result of his prayer about which church to join. He was told to join none of them for they were all wrong. Jesus told him that they (the churches) draw near to me with their lips, but there hearts are far from me. Later an angel appeared to Joseph Smith and showed him where ancient records were buried. Joseph Smith translated these records into a book which was named the Book of Mormon. I believe the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it is true. I also believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly.

How I live my faith

The LDS church is a church of service. We do not have a paid clergy. All positions in the church are staffed by volunteers. I have served as a scout master in two different states. Each ward (each congregation is called a ward) sponsors a scout troop. I have served as a financial clerk, a sunday school teacher, and an organist. I served as a home teacher. Home teachers go in pairs to visit every member of the ward each month to check on their spiritual and physical well being. If financial assistance is needed then the family is helped by the church usually in the form of groceries. The church has a world wide welfare system with farms, canneries, grain storage facilities, etc. Not only does the church take care of their own members but they provide goods and services to other people hit by natural disasters. .