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Hi I'm Shawn

I'm a Mormon. I am a Father of a 17 year a 6 year, and a new baby. I live here in Nebraska. I love sports and the outdoors.

About Me

I have three children I feel I am blessed to have. I own my own small business. I have my struggles and deal with life's challenges and adversities just like everyone else does. I wake up, go to work, come home, play with my kids,breath and sleep everyday of my life. I don't have much money. But what I do have I cherish. I have a beautiful wife, two beautiful daughters, and one great son. I love sports, and the outdoors. And most of all....I love Jesus Christ, our Savior, who gave his life on earth for us.

Why I am a Mormon

For most of my life I really didn't know if there was a God. I am 36 years old now. For 17 years of my life I struggled, and struggled with drugs and alcohol. Why do I say struggle? Because I always wanted to quit, but could never do it. I tried! But, nothing and no one worked. I smoked cigarettes, drank alcohol 3-4 days a week, and did drugs every day of my life. I came to a point in my life where it was either make it or break it (meaning my life). I had to make some choices. Lose my wife and my family or keep them. Do I want this life for my kids or do I want success for my kids...because they were going to learn from me whether for good or for bad. Do I want to have health problems the rest of my life, or clean up and do the best I can to live a good healthy life and be a good father, husband, son and uncle? Most importantly....do I want Heaven or hell? I determined that even after all my trials...all the times I could not quit the drugs, and the alcohol, there was one person, one man, one being, that could help me...one op ion I had always thought of but had never tried....and that was God. I finally gave in... I knelt down on my knees and gave in for the first time in my life...and prayed. I finally gave him my all. A long time had passed in that prayer and I felt something... something strong, and at that moment I knew...that everything would be alright. I later found out that feeling I had at that time was the Holy Ghost telling me that God heard my prayers...and loves Me! So what do I do next? I had all these questions. God are you real? Jesus are you real? If you are...how do I get to know you? Where do I find you? Is the Bible real? If there are so many churches on earth, which one is your church? If Jesus was Truly on this earth which church would Truly be his church? What about the Priesthood...the Authority of God? Which church has it? Well...I found my answers, in detail, in the Book of Mormon. Which was translated by the gift, and power of God.

How I live my faith

I spend as much time with my family as I can. I do the best I can to help my fellow neighbors in any endeavor, whether through my business, church, or family life. I try to live as Christ teaches us to live....."love our neighbor".

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Shawn
A "Testimony" is the glue that binds us to "Faith" in our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is our spiritual witness that helps us know, like we know the back of our hand, that God loves us and that Jesus loves us and that he is our Savior. For me my testimony came when I prayed to our Heavenly Father to know if the Book of Mormon is a true book given to us by God. I needed to know for myself that it was true, not from everyone telling me. I knew that if the Book of Mormon was true, then Joseph Smith was truly a prophet of God. And if Joseph Smith was truly a prophet of God, then that means this is his (Jesus Christ's) true church. All of it rides on the Book of Mormon. I have a testimony that this is Jesus Christ true church on the earth today. Show more Show less