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 Tomi

I'm learning how to survive life in a small, remote community. I'm a college graduate, a wife, a mother and a Mormon.

About Me

I come from good parents and a good upbringing. I enjoy studying and graduated high school as a valedictorian. I continued my education and graduated with my bachelor's degree in Community Health. Shortly thereafter, God blessed me to find my companion. My husband's work brought us to live in a very small community in the mountains. I love the outdoors. I enjoy going for hikes, camping and fishing with my husband. We have been blessed with five beautiful daughters to raise. Creating a home for them brings me joy. I feel successful when I cook a great meal, have a clean house, complete a do-it-yourself home repair or use my resources to create something (like a quilt from old clothes or a gift from things that might otherwise get thrown out.)

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were Mormons and taught me. I can remember feeling happy and peaceful, even at a young age, when I learned about Jesus Christ. Music especially reaches my soul. I can remember feeling what I've come to recognize as the Holy Spirit while singing hymns at church. At the age of twelve, I came to a point in my life where I felt I had to make sure that I wanted to be a Mormon. I was starting to have to make tougher choices and "because my family is Mormon" wasn't enough. I read and studied the scriptures for several days, then I fasted for a day before praying to ask my Heavenly Father if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the right church and if I should obey what my parents and teachers at church had taught me even though I felt like it was going to be hard. When I said that prayer, I felt so much love that it burst out of me in tears. The Holy Ghost was telling me the Church is right. I have had many more experiences like this since I was 12 and I cannot deny that I know God wants me to be a Mormon and He loves me.

How I live my faith

I read the scriptures and pray everyday to keep my relationship with my Father in Heaven strong. Of course, I try to live the commandments, according to all I've been taught. Loving and teaching my family is a priority in my life because families are forever. Among the other Mormons in our community, I have accepted an assignment to watch out for and extend help when needed to three other women and their families. In our community I help my husband serve the high-school-age kids, attend school board meetings and currently serve as the PTO president. I feel like these activities evidence my faith in Jesus Christ, because they are the things I feel He wants me do.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Tomi
Not at all. My experience with helping others has been more for those who not Mormon than those who are. We can voluntarily give money to help people throughout the world with humanitarian aid. It goes to those in need, whether or not they attend any church. We can also give of our time to serve those in our community or use our talents to bless people in our area. Yes, I try to watch out for my fellow members of the church, but usually group service projects are geared toward all people. For example, we recently sewed walker carriers for all the residents of a local old folks home. Show more Show less