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 Daniel

I live in Arizona with my beautiful wife and two children. I am a college counselor and graduate student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as one of eight children in an LDS home; however my father became a member of the church in his late twenties prior to marrying my mother. My parents both taught elementary school out of college, and while my father was in the process of becoming a principal, he joined the LDS church and married my mother one year later. Education was always a cornerstone of my childhood, and whether I was spending my summers playing basketball at my father's elementary school or attending Arizona State football games, I always felt the balance between continuous learning and play. After graduating high school, I decided to serve a two year mission for the Church in Brazil. Upon the completion of my mission, I returned to school at Arizona State University and began my professional career as a collegiate counselor at University of Phoenix. In addition, I reunited with my best friend from high school, and one year later we married in the Mesa, Arizona Temple. Shortly after getting married, I transferred to University of Phoenix and completed my bachelor degree in accountancy. Currently, I am completing a masters degree in international business from Western International University, and I am in my seventh year as a collegiate counselor. My wife and I have two wonderful children, and while life is not always easy, the joys of family make every moment worth living! In my free time, I enjoy remaining active in sports, trying to keep up with my kids and attempting to learn the guitar.

Why I am a Mormon

Despite growing up in an LDS home, I was always given the opportunity to exercise my free agency and decide how I wanted to live my life. My parents always expressed their desire for me to be happy in whatever path I chose to follow, and they consistently remained vigilant in sharing their feelings and testimonies of Jesus Christ. My father was a great example of seeking out the truth of this life and wanting to learn more about God's plan for all of his children. He grew up in a religious home, but he knew little about where he came from, why he was on earth, or where he was going. These questions left him wondering about the truth and purpose of life. When my father met my mother for the first time, he noticed a different light and spirit about her. Upon further investigation, she shared her love for God and Jesus Christ, and let him know there is purpose in this life. My father felt a new warmth and happiness in his heart, and he decided to explore these feelings by talking with Mormon missionaries. The feelings my father felt was the spirit testifying he was a child of God, and there was a plan to return with him some day. Just as my father trusted in the feelings of his heart and the reality of the Holy Spirit, I know through my own thoughts and feelings that God will provide each of us an opportunity to grow closer to him and learn of his true gospel. I know that we lived with God and our families before coming to this earth, and we are here to gain experience and grow our family relationships. I know that through the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we can overcome our faults and enjoy our family bonds on earth and in heaven. I had the opportunity to study the teachings of the Mormon church, ponder the feelings in my heart, and ask God if his true gospel and plan existed today. I know this is the only church that contains the true and perfect gospel of Jesus Christ, and it will provide eternal happiness to each of us as children of God.

How I live my faith

I live my faith each day by doing my best to be the difference I want to see in this world. After completing a two year missionary service in Brazil, I returned as a normal member of the church. While on my mission, I learned to love and serve, and while time and energy always present obstacles in life, I know our Heavenly Father gives us nothing we cannot handle. As a member of the Mormon church, I have the opportunity to participate in meetng the needs of the community in which I live, and I do this by volunteering, getting to know my neighbors and learning to share my beliefs with those searching for more light and truth. I am assigned as a home teacher in my congregation of members of the Mormon Church, and this provides me an opportunity to visit the homes of several families in the community each month and get to know them on a more personal level. In addition, I have been given the opportunity to serve as an assistant to local church leaders, and this taught me how to love and organize the needs of both members and nonmembers of the church. I attend church meetings each week and look to learn more about Jesus Christ and his gospel. I know the daily challenges and obstacles in life often create a need for both a physical and spiritual renewal, and attending weekly church services allows the spirit and love of our Heavenly Father to provide hope today and in the future. The gospel of Jesus Christ is not confined to one location or a specific venue, but it resides in the hearts and minds of those who want to learn more. I know there is so much I need to learn and achieve in this life, and for this reason I continue to do the small and simple things that lead to eternal happiness.