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Hi I'm Chad

I'm a little rough around the edges and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am almost 21 years old and currently serving as a full time missionary in the California Carlsbad Mission. I grew up in Salt Lake City with two brothers and two sisters. I love my family despite the challenges that we have faced, we all live in different parts of the country, California, Las Vegas, Alaska, and my little brother is on his way to Mexico to serve a mission. My friends have supported me through the hardest times of my life and now we are spread throughout the world sharing the Gospel. I love being outdoors, especially mountains during late spring and early fall.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church my whole life but had a difficult time developing a testimony of my own because of challenges that came early on. Looking back at the past ten years, I can say that I am grateful for every trial that I faced, because it put me in an environment to learn and grow. Through it all I have gained a deep appreciation for the Atonement of Jesus Christ and what I thought was keeping me from gaining a testimony was in reality laying a foundation for the one that I have today. When things were at their worst my dad was fighting a strong drug addiction, my parents divorced, and we lost our home... The situation that I was faced with gave me a unique perspective on life. It taught me to forgive, It gave me the determination to have good morals, high standards, integrity & self-discipline. It gave me a determintation to decide early on in my life what kind of husband and father I want to be when that time comes. Every day is a challenge to live the Gospel and the growing pains of spirituality are real, but the happiness that comes from living the Gospel outweights the challenge every time. When I came to California I did not know the exact reason why, but every day I understand more and more that this is where I was meant to be. I know through personal experience that God lives, He does love me and all of his children. I know that Christ lives, he is "the strength of my life." I have felt the power of the Atonement, it has and continues to enable me to be a little bit better today than I was yesterday. I love my family, and because they did not let trials or challenges pull us apart, the Lord was able to pull us all closer together.

How I live my faith

I have come to a point in my life where I don't need to be THE best, but I strive every day to do and be MY best. I know I am not perfect and I am okay with that because my inperfections don't define who I am. I have a deep desire to learn and attain knowledge, so I find all of the time I can to study the scriptures and find practical application for the principles that I learn. It has been said "The mind, when stretched to a new capacity never returns to its origional dimensions." I share my testimony whenever I have an opportunity and realize more and more that sharing the Gospel is easy. I reamin hopeful in a world of decreasing moral integrity by setting a high standard of living and conduct.