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 Nina

I grew up at Auke Bay, Alaska. I worked for the State of Alaska for many years in Personnel (now Human Resources). I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always been a people watcher. I find people fascinating. That's why I obtained a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. I also studied for a year toward a Masters Degree, but I became disillusioned by the politics of being a professional psychologist. I enjoyed working in Human Resources. Now that I am retired, I spend a lot of time doing family history research. It's a lot like being a detective, and I love it!

Why I am a Mormon

I started out being a member of the Church because my parents were members. My father's great-grandfather joined the Church in 1833. My mother joined the Church in 1933 when she was 16. My parents both had strong faith in the restored gospel, but I had to find my own way. As a teenager, I strayed a bit, but when I was 16 I felt a very strong impression that I should serve a mission. This was a major factor in bringing me back to the Church. Five years later I was able to serve a mission in Finland. Another huge factor was when I first read the Book of Mormon. When I started reading, it just seemed like an ordinary book. It was an interesting story, but just a story until I reached Helaman, chapter 5. As I read that chapter, something changed for me. I can't really describe what happened, but I knew with absolute certainty that this was a true history and a book of incredible spiritual power. I have had other experiences since then which have strengthed my faith and testimony. I have experienced the healing power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ in my life. There have been times when He has healed my body, but far more important has been the healing of my spirit. The gospel of Jesus Christ changes lives. I know that He loves all of us and will search in the darkest wilderness to find us and help us come unto Him. With Christ's help any of us and all of us can change, no matter how far we have gone astray. As Paul testified in Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." I love my Savior and want to be like Him in every way I can.

How I live my faith

I enjoy serving in the Church. Currently, I teach the adult Sunday School class. I also work in the Family History Center, where I help people who want to find out about their ancestors. At least once a month I go with my sister to visit three other women who are members of the Church. We make sure their physical needs are taken care of and also give them a brief spiritual message and pray with them. Once or twice a month I go with my sister and her husband to serve in the Spokane, Washington temple (about 200 miles from where we live.) Because of my interest in family history, I spend quite a bit of time on the computer helping with the Church's Family Search indexing program. The Church has millions of original vital records on microfilm and microfiche which are being digitized and indexed to make them more accessible. Once the process is completed, these records are available free of charge at FamilySearch.org. My own family research has benefited from these records, so I enjoy helping to make more records available to anyone who wants to research their own family history.