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Hi I'm Rhea

I grew up in Arizona. I'm married and a stay at home mom of 4. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi. I am a middle aged married woman with four grown kids. I have spent most of my adult life raising them. Early on, I graduated from college in Elementary and Special Education. It came in handy raising my own children. Although I did not make a career of teaching, I used the education I earned with them and also substitute taught several years. I love children and youth!! That is who I feel the most comfortable with! My hobbies include almost exclusively, reading!! If reading could be considered a fault, I have it! I enjoy laughing, being with friends, movies, the outdoors, sports and especially being with my family! That's what life is all about! I am also a grandma to a beautiful angel grandson, who I look forward to one day getting to know better in the next life, and one wonderful, smart and just about perfect grandson who won me over the day he was born!!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to mormon parents. They each in turn were born to mormon parents also. So my mormon roots go back a ways. This does not negate the need for me to have come to my own decision that I would continue in the mormon faith. I was taught to trust in God even when I don't understand, and that I can live with my Heavenly Father, if I believe in Jesus Christ and live His commandments and try my hardest all my life to live as He lived. He is my Savior. Without Him, we are doomed to a spiritual death or one not living with God and Him. I think I have always believed it. But there have been times in my life where I had questions and needed my own answers to the age old questions of "Who am I"? and "Where did I come from?" "Where am I going?" and "What is my purpose here and the purpose of life"? That is where my own conversion story comes in. When I went away to college, that is when my beliefs were first tested. That first year was a hard learning experience. But it helped me to see that what I'd taken for granted all my life-- my beliefs-- I needed to know for myself, if I believed them and would hold true to them for the rest of my life. So between praying- really praying --which included sincerely wanting to know--not half heartedly or casually, but yearning even, to know if what I'd been taught all my life was true, reading and studying the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, and continuiing to be active in going to church and serving and being a part of it, did I get a very real and burning in my soul answer. It came one day as I read in The Book of Mormon, in 3 Nephi chapter 11. Christ had been crucified and risen from the dead and appeared to the people of ancient America. It was a quiet day in my apartment, no roommates around, and as I read this account, a warmth and calm peace I could not deny came over me and I knew that it was true. It was the Holy Ghost testifying to me that it was true. I still know that it is true and always will.

How I live my faith

I am very active in the mormon faith. I have served in many "callings" or jobs in the church. Right now I am a youth leader for the young women, ages 16-18. I teach spiritual lessons each Sunday and on Wednesdays help supervise activities with them. I absolutely love it. And I love those girls!! I feel a kinship with them and love and care about each one of them. Maybe because even though I am "old" compared to them, I still feel like a girl at heart!! I have also been the leader of our congregation's women's organization , including the president of it. This I have also loved! It has helped me to learn to love and serve others in ways I had never known how. I have served in the primary organization as teacher and leader also. Again, always it was my gain!! I have always been a "visiting teacher" who is given 2-3 women to visit and befriend each month. This has also been a great blessing in my life! Always, in serving others, I have been the one to learn, grow and love the most!! Funny how when one thinks she/he is the one giving, ends being the one given so much more!