What Is a Church Community?
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Hi I'm Jared

I'm a dad. I'm a trainer. I'm a student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dad to six adorable kids. When I'm not at work, I'm home trying to play, reading stories, cleaning up, helping with homework, and loving these active little people before sending them off to bed. I then turn my attention to schooling, as I'm working on completing my Masters Degree through an online university. My incredible wife of 12 years has patiently put up with me as I've moved my family across the United States a couple of times.

Why I am a Mormon

One part of my family has been involved in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since the beginning. Another part more recently joined the Church as adults later in life. With a rich and varied heritage, I make the conscious choice to participate in this Church. Being able to participate in the programs and following the practices of the Church have been a blessing and benefit to my family. The teachings of the Church and available in the scriptures resonate with me. God's plan of happiness makes sense to me. In my perosnal relationship with God, I've received answers and revelations that my path back to God is helped and facilitated by the Church.

How I live my faith

My faith touches most aspects of my life. First thing in the morning, we gather together as a family to try and read from the scriptures (and given the short attention span of the kids and the parents we only make it through a few verses most days) and sing a hymn prior to praying together as we blast out of the house for a great and hectic day of school and work. I do my personal scripture study by listening to the scriptures and the recent General Conference archives as I commute 45 minutes to and from work. As we get ready to close out the day, we corral the kids for family prayer before bed. And then my wife and I prayer together before we try to grab a couple hours of sleep before we're back and going again. A highlight of our week is Monday night's family home evening. Each of the older kids have a responsibility for the night. We rotate responsibility for prayers, the song, the lesson, an activity, and the dessert. The kids have come to expect it on Monday night and look forward to doing their role. It's been a fabulous opportunity to provide instruction and have a blast together.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Jared
Congregations (which are called wards and branches) are created for the people living in specific neighborhoods and areas. A group of these congregations form a stake. So each community is represented by a ward or branch which can draw upon the support and resources of the wider community that is a stake. Because the units are geographically-based, I don't have to worry about "shopping around" to find a new congregation when I move...there's already one there. And I know what to expect because the same teachings, the same materials, and the same worship practices are in place, regardless of where I go in the Church. Show more Show less