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 Pennye

I was raised Jewish and joined the LDS Church in August of 1995. I'm a native of Denver.

About Me

I have three children from elementary to High School. I graduated with a BS in Accounting from the University of Colorado at Denver. I currently work as a Project Manager. Prior to this I was an entrepreneur, starting three successful businesses and working from home while raising three small children, returning to corporate america in the last 3 years. My husband and I met when I was a senior in H.S. and just celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary. We were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1996, one year after I joined the church.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The best thing I've ever done for me and my family is join this wonderful church. After the birth of my first child I felt compelled to discover my husbands faith (LDS) and my faith (Jewish). While searching for a home to buy as we began our family we ended up on a street with 14 members of the church. It was a true blessing for us. As we began our research into our respective faiths, I was blessed to meet the Sister Missionairies from the LDS Church. Each time I met with them I learned more about Jesus Christ and his atoning sacrifice he made for us. The lessons brought me closer to my heavenly father. At the time I didn't know how to pray or what it felt like to receive answers to my prayers. It took me 8 months to be baptized. I wasn't sure how I would feel getting baptized without the approval of my mom and dad. After the missionairies taught me to pray, I earnestly prayed to heavenly father to know if this was the right church and the best decision for me. I am so glad I had the help of the missionairies to guide me in my understanding of the spirit and to help me understand the answers to my prayers. By the time I was baptized I had a room full of friends supporting me, including members and non members alike. My parents didn't attend my baptism but have since accepted my decision to join the church. They notice a difference in me and in the closeness my husband and I have with our children.

How I live my faith

Participation in our church is a wonderful experience and provides us with growth opportunities, both spiritual and personal. Over the years I have served in many callings. Something I learned early on is our callings are truly a calling from our heavenly father. No matter where I may desire to serve, heavenly father knows best and always sends me the calling I need at that time. Teaching the 4-5 year olds was my very first calling and what a blessing that was. My son was barely 18 mos. old when I received this calling. I learned how the little minds work and the special spirits that they each possess. As my children grew I felt more comfortable learning how to talk with them and be a good mother to them. I have taught the youth of the church. Although challenging, I loved getting to know these kids and ultimately watching them grow up and serve on missions. I have a great comfort knowing I was instrumental in helping them to stay worthy and serve a mission. For 3 years I served as the activities chair for our ward. This was a very rewarding calling to pull together fun events, christmas parties, adult evenings and family campouts. I also have another sister from our ward whom I have as a companion. Together we visit another sister in our ward each month. As we visit with our sister each month we get to know her on a personal level, beyond just seeing her in church. We learn about her likes, dislikes, children, husband, needs and desires. This is a special calling given to each adult woman in the ward which helps everyone to receive the special attention they deserve and have another "sister" whose sole purpose is to serve her in whatever means is necessary.