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 Kristen

I'm a Mormon. I am a convert to the gospel and was baptized when I was 14.

About Me

I am 37 years old and have been a member of the church since I was 14. I have been married for 16 years now to my best friend and my source of strength. I thank God often for the blessing of having such an amazing man as my husband the father of our children. We are the parents two precious children. My daughter was born 13 weeks early. Her chances of survival were less than 5%. During that challenging time in my life, I received comfort and peace in the midst of uncertainty. She is now a vibrant, beautiful teenager. A few years after our daughter was born, our son came into our lives as an answer to our prayers. He has completed our family. My husband and I work together as real estate team which provides us the flexibility to make children’s needs our first priority.

Why I am a Mormon

When my mother remarried, my step-father attended church every Sunday. He had grown up as a member of the Church. He never asked me to go, but instead he warmly invited me to come to church with him if I ever wanted to. One Sunday I did and nine months later, I chose to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The other teenagers my age were such a great example of how to live in the world, but not of the world. They were a great strength to me. That choice to become a member of His church has become the single most important decision I have ever made. I am so thankful that my step-father introduced the church to me.

How I live my faith

Since I wasn’t a member, I did not grow up in a house where gospel principles were practiced. But knowing now about the Lord’s Plan of Salvation, I try to incorporate the gospel into every aspect of our home life. We have created an atmosphere in our home in which the spirit can dwell, a refuge from the storms of life. Whether in our actions, words or thoughts, we focus on things that matter the most, trying to keep an eternal perspective. I have struggled with depression throughout most of my life. Thankfully, a few years ago I realized that when I am at church on Sundays or at mid-week activities, I am the happiest. That’s the joy that the gospel brings into my life. That’s the reason I love to serve in the church, in whatever way I am asked. Serving my fellow members in the church brings me great joy. When I focus on blessing others I, in turn, realize my worth as a daughter of Heavenly Father and how much I have to be grateful for. That perspective is my antidote for my depression. My husband and I were recently asked to help organize a youth activity in Wyoming. 250 youth attended this 5 day event, and although it was a tremendous amount of work to organize it, we felt so blessed as we listened to these teenagers as they shared their testimonies of the gospel and how they were strengthened by this activity that we were able to be a part of. Those are the moments that make it all worth it.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

The Word of Wisdom is a health code that if we live by, we will be blessed. The Word of Wisdom advises of things that we should be doing, like exercising, getting plenty of sleep, and eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. As a warning against things which are harmful to our bodies, the Word of Wisdom also tells us that such things as smoking and drinking alcohol, coffee and tea are unwise. Show more Show less