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 Celia

I am a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend. Relationships are important to me. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always been a "hands on" type of person. I work with my hands, currently as an orthodontic lab technician. Previously, as a sign language interpreter, an elementary school aide in Special Education, a pre-school teacher, and a bank NCR operator. (anybody out there old enough to know how many keys are on that machine?!?) I play with my hands doing card making, scrap-booking, crocheting, sewing, gardening, and canning. I serve with my hands by teaching the 5 year olds on Sunday mornings, stocking shelves at the food bank, driving my retired Mom and Mother-in-law into town for appointments, and baking pumpkin bread for others. I use my hands to connect with others on Skype, email, the phone, and by writing Thank You notes. (I learned about the virtues of Thank You notes while living in the South for many years!) I refill my batteries while folding my hands in prayer frequently, turning the pages of my scriptures as I read, and holding the hands of my sweetheart husband of 40 years.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in an LDS home, like everyone, there came a time in my life when I needed to know what religion was all about and why it might be important to my life. I had a fine example of Christian living in my parents and extended family. I knew some people who were not religious at all and seemed to be happy. I was aware of others who professed to believe in God but were really not satisfied with their life. I needed to know for myself if there was a God, were the scriptures true, did prayers matter, and how should I align my life to find a sense of purpose and peace. I found all this and more by reading the Book of Mormon. Within the pages of this sacred book of scripture, I learned that God knew me and loved me, that Jesus Christ was my Savior, and that there was a way to be happy in my everyday life. This way was though obedience to God's commandments. I better understood my baptismal covenant to always remember Jesus Christ and how the Holy Spirit would help me live a more Christlike life. I was only 14 years old when I first had a personal answer to my prayer about the Book of Mormon. I learned it was truly the word of God. Knowing this led me to have faith in everything else. I have read and re-read the Book of Mormon and each time it's like coming home again to visit the Father and have personal instruction on what to do in my life. As I obey His commandments, I have more direction. I have found the peace and purpose to life that I sought early in life within the pages of this book. When trials and challenges assault my life, coming back to the basics of a Christlike life as found in the Book of Mormon and as practiced in the LDS church, re-centers me in the commandments and peace returns.

How I live my faith

Living as an active Mormon has two parts, I think. One is the many things I do as an LDS person participating in a Ward and community. The other is the personal understanding and testimony that I have in Jesus Christ and what He wants me to do with myself on earth. The two parts support and strengthen each other. You can have one without the other but it will wither and die eventually. You need to believe and to do in order to gain the greatest peace and purpose in life. For example, every Sunday I attend church. There I associate with kind people who cheer me up. I am served by teachers and leaders. I learn and grow from other's testimonies. I have the opportunity to teach, sing, give talks, and connect with others. This would be hollow without my relationship with Jesus Christ which gives me the internal drive to show my love for Him through my actions. I serve others in order to serve Christ in gratitude for His service to me.