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 John

I'm a medical student, a husband, and a dad. I'm a disciple of Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Studying and training to be a doctor is the most challenging thing I have attempted. It takes a lot of time and effort. I enjoy physiology and anatomy, though, and am interested in other people's lives, their health, and their circumstances. I work hard to balance my school studies with studying the Scriptures and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. While in school, I continue to serve in Church. Some of my classmates have asked me how I reconcile what I am learning with my religious beliefs. To be honest, I still have a lot of questions that I can't answer. However, I strengthen my convictions that God is real by acknowledging the joy that comes from living the way He wants me to live. While I have not decided what kind of doctor I want to be, I am interested in helping people be self-reliant in making decisions about their health. Time outside of church and school is precious. I spend it reading, writing in my journal, cooking, baking bread, running, playing the piano, and keeping up with my siblings and parents. I love my wife. She is my companion and best friend. Our son reminds us what life is about: family time and loving relationships.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up outside of Utah, which meant there were only a small number of Mormons in the schools I went to. Needless to say, being active in the Church as a teenager was challenging. I stuck with it, and my peers knew I was Mormon and most of them liked me and respected me. I went to college. Like anyone with a college education, I learned to ask questions. Those included questions about other religions, about Mormonism, about the history and origins of the Mormon Church, about scientific theories, and about how I wanted to live my life. Through study, prayer, and living the Gospel, there is one answer that I always came back to: God is my Heavenly Father and He loves me. I know he does. I made the choice to follow the teachings of God's son, Jesus Christ. I know he died for me and His love and grace fill me with hope. I choose faith every day. I know that Joseph Smith is a Prophet. He was a great man. I have studied his life and his character. He has won my admiration. He was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. I like reading the scriptures. I love the New Testament because it has the teachings of Jesus recorded in it. I am grateful that God has shown other sacred works, like the Book of Mormon. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lives up to its name. What would I do without modern-day prophets, even a modern day Peter, to help me have faith and choose to be a better person every day? I know Thomas Monson is a prophet. I am amazed at his love for every person he meets and his commitment to follow Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

In school I try to spend some time reaching out to those that do not have access to health care. Caring for people is part of my religion! In church, I have taught classes to both young people and adults, and I have been involved in coordinating service activities for people in the congregations where I live. I enjoy teaching most of all. Being kind, honest and cheerful are some of the small ways I live my faith.