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 Todd Christensen

I'm a Mormon. I believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer. He is the son of our Heavenly Father. I live in North Idaho.

About Me

I am a husband and father. My wife, Pamela, and I have four wonderful children. Twin daughters who are 14 years old and our two youngest are boys ages 11 and 8. We've been married for over 16 years and our family is an important part of our life. Our twins and youngest son have heart medical conditions, which require frequent doctor visits, and regular surgeries. Thought it has presented a lot of challenges it is also a blessing in our lives to have four healthy, active kids in our lives. We learn so much from them. We enjoy speeding time together as a family. During my personal time I enjoy woodworking and home repairs. I also enjoy going to the movies and spending time out doors. Our family enjoys cooking and exploring the world through different cuisines. It is fun to spent time together cooking and eating. My wife and I like to travel and see different things. We've been blessed to live in Australia and travel throughout South America, China, India, France and Spain. Wherever we travel we always seek out a local LDS Church house and hope to meet local members. When possible we attend the temple in different places. Being a Mormon definitely provides a common understanding in meeting people throughout the world. We are God’s children living in this mortal existence.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was blessed to be surrounded by many members of the Church. All of my older brothers served missions and when I was 18 I questioned if I should serve. This led me to find out for myself that the Church and the gospel is true. I was blessed to serve a mission in Argentina and through that 2-year experience deepened my testimony and gospel knowledge. I had many, many great experiences where I personally saw the power of the gospel and the atonement have in changing others and myself. As a father and husband I continue to have many experiences that affirms our Heavenly Father person knowledge of each of us as his children and the love he shows to us their specific blessings. Please allow me to relate one such example. I had finished my university training and had sough employment for many months without success. Pamela was pregnant with the twins. I had an employment offer in Australia, however I did not want to move so far from everything comfortable. After months of searching for employment we resolved to accept the employment offer in Melbourne. When the twins were born the youngest was diagnosed with her heart condition. As the doctor asked about our planned overseas stay, he informed me that the surgeon and doctors team with the best experience for the surgery she needed was in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. To this day I vividly recall the comfort, peace and deep love I felt at that moment from our Heavenly Father. Not only watching over one of his sons but also one of his daughters. I know that our Father in Heaven lives. Jesus Christ is his only begotten son and our Savior. The Holy Spirit can be our guide in this life. We receive divine guidance from a modern Prophet, President Monson and the complete organization of Christ Church is on earth today. The Bible, Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants are true scripture and they provide the full knowledge of Christ's gospel.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is a daily activity and it is about becoming better each day. It is little things each day that help us live life. Church serves and sharing the gospel keeps life in perspective. Prayer and scripture study are two key guides in life and I feel the absence of eternal understanding when they are missed. Following the teachings of the gospel brings great comfort and peace even in a troubled world and challenging time. As a family we work to have regular scripture study and daily family prayer. Spending time together in a specific time set aside weekly helps us be a stronger family and better individuals. There are many distractions that lead us away from each other, but the work to follow the prophets' counsel continually helps strengthen our family. I often hear that living the standards of the Church is restrictive. I have never felt that they are restrictive, rather that provide an eternal framework in which to live and have true happiness.