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 Dave

I grew up as a army brat and now work as a finance manager within a healthcare company and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married 16 years and have four daughters. I graduated with a masters degree in accounting. I enjoy learning and exploring the wonders of "what could be" through science fiction. My interests include in-line skating, sports talk, psychology and economic theory.

Why I am a Mormon

Matthew 24: 23 - 24 reads, "Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." Being raised as a forth generation Mormon, I have been forced to ask myself "If even the 'very elect' (the most faithful) can be deceived into believing false things about God, how can I be sure that I'm not one that is deceived?" I have had my fears quieted by the following three thoughts: (1) Being omniscient, God knows more that me. So it will always be that I must trust in God. Even if I saw him face to face I would still have to trust His word to be the truth and for my best good. Consequently, it is right and proper that the first principle of the gospel is faith in the Jesus Christ--not and absolute knowledge through ministry of angels. (2) Even if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not God's one and only true church as it claims to be, abiding by the principles and teaching of this church is in perfect harmony with what I or anyone could reasonably conceive a loving God would expect of His children. Hence, I have no reason to doubt what I have been given nore reason to search elsewhere. (3) The Plan of Salvation taught in the church is the most complete and understandable religious doctrine in the world. It ties together all the loose ends that other religious philosophies leave unanswered and at the same time is simple enough that even a child can understand it. While I may have been born and raised Mormon, I continue to be a practicing Mormon because I have found it to both fills my personal yearning to love and serve God and also gives me real, practical answers and solutions to all of my rational mind questions and life's challenges.

How I live my faith

I read daily from the Book of Mormon. I have found this daily regiment helps remind me of the small and simple truths that I overlook each day. My wife and I also share the daily routine with our children so that they too can benefit from this reminder. We pray together each day as a family and our family prayer attends church each Sunday. At church, we serve in leadership and teaching positions. I currently serve as on a councilor that Each week our family gathers together on Monday nights to participate in the church's program called "Family Home Evening." On these nights we get together in our home as a family to study the gospel and do fun activities to strenthen our family. Each member of the family takes turns in preparing lessons, treats and activities. Regulalry, my wife and I worship in the temple and serve to help clean the temple. Some may think that all of these activities would be burdensome, but we find them to enrich our lives and they give meaning to everything else we do and help us to put all of life's challenges into proper perspective.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

The hollywood version of romatic love is not a lasting source of happiness. Lasting happiness comes from loving and serving both God and "our neighbor as thyself". Hollywood teaches a "soulmate" love as if our ability to love others is limited to one specfic person. Just as God loves all of us (His children), we have the ability to love our children, parents, grandparents, siblings, spouse, etc. God has commanded us to develop this love to extent that we love others as much as we love (show concern and interest in) ourselves. When the Lord commands righteous men to have more than one wife, He is commanding them to stretch themselves beyond their comfort zones and practice this love for others. Husbands have a responsiblity to care for the needs (physical, spiritual, financial, emotional, etc.) of their families. Caring for larger families requires more Christ like love. Too often the stark contrast of polygamy to our modern day culture, the shortcomings of our own marrianges or all to often stories of infidelity make us forget marriage is a testing ground where we learn to love as Jesus loves us and we forget how beutifl and rewarding marriage can be. So few of us are up to this challenge and worthy of this blessing that in our day the Lord's law of marriage is monogamy. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

The law of entropy taught in sciences classes refutes the idea for me that a planet like earth suitable for life would ever come about and subsequently life would evolve "by chance". The orderly nature of things speak to me of a divine creator. Show more Show less