What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

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 Jillian

I grew up in Arizona. I work and I am attending college. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work full time and attend college. I would love to travel someday. I love history. I also love singing and playing the piano. Music as always been very important to me. Family and friends are also very important to me. As of the moment I am blessed to be surrounded by family and friends who support me in my goals.

Why I am a Mormon

Both my parents are active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have been going to the LDS church my whole life. However, I was not officially a member until age eight when I decided to be baptized. My dad is a convert to the LDS church. Because he is a convert he taught me to really pray and think about my decision to be baptized. I did and I think I remember feeling like it was the right thing to do. However, it is hard to remember what was going on in my head when I was eight. It was not until I was a teenager that I started to wonder if I believed or if I was a member because of habit. One summer I decided to read The Book of Mormon cover to cover and find out for myself if this book really was from God. So, I read the Book of Mormon pondered it and prayed to get my answer. I did not feel any different. This puzzled me. I analyzed for weeks why I did not get an answer. I could not understand why God let me down. One day I realized that by going to church and learning the gospel throughout my life I already started to build the foundation for my testimony. I knew I already knew the church was true and the Book of Mormon was really another genuine testament of our savior Jesus Christ. That is why did not feel any different. I realized I had faith already. I think sometimes we wait for the burning bush, the sign from heaven, and a voice calling out to us. We do not realize that if something was not good or right we would feel it. So, when we do not feel anything different we think we did not get our answer, but we did. He starts to help us know one step at a time. I cannot imagine who I would be without the gospel. I know some people believe the church gives us too many guidelines. These guidelines, which I CHOOSE to follow, help me to avoid things that would bring me unnecessary trouble and heartache. I know what the spirit of God feels like. I also know how lost I feel without that spirit. That is why I CHOOSE to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being a good example to others. I also try to keep high personal standards. I set goals for myself. I also participate in church activities and take on responsibilities in the church such as teaching classes, playing the piano, etc. These church callings or responsibilities usually test me. For instance playing the piano in church is always a challenge for me. I never feel like I play exceptionally well and I usually get very nervous. I am shocked sometimes by the compliments I get when I play. Especially when I know I did not play perfectly or I can’t even recall how I played. I know the importance of music. I know music can change the spirit of a person’s feelings faster than anything else. My callings over the years have been experiences in learning and trusting in Heavenly Father to help me. I think I get more out of my calling then I give to others. Teaching in the church, helps me learn and understand the gospel better. I love teaching youth classes and primary classes. I always learn from my students and the examples they are to me. Callings help me develop talents and skills I never knew I had. I enjoy the opportunity I have to give service in the church. I love service projects. The best way to lift your spirit is to serve others. I know I can do more in this area. It is easy to get wrapped up in your own life and personal problems. When you serve you are acting in a selfless manner. Serving is the best antidote! It helps you recognize and appreciate your blessings. It is only through serving one another that we become more Christ like in our attributes.