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 Chris

I'm a husband. I'm an accounting student. I'm a real estate appraiser trainee. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently returned from a mission to the Philippines where I was blessed with the opportunity to meet many wonderful people and teach them about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. All of the hard work paid off when I met my beautiful wife Julie while working at my family appraisal firm. After about six months of dating, and some convincing, she agreed to marry me. We have been a very happy family ever since! I am a full time accounting student and still work with my family real estate appraisal firm. I am working towards certifying and eventually doing appraisal work as a career. I am also exploring possible career opportunities as an accountant. My main hobby throughout my life has been music. At the age of 3, my great grandmother began teaching me the piano. I later learned to play the trombone and other brass instruments as I became involved in the school symphonic band, jazz band, marching band, and choir. My whole family has a love for music, and we frequently play/sing together in small groups and even all together as a family orchestra at Christmas time. My new favorite hobby is spending time with my lovely wife Julie. Family is the most important part of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in a family with many generations of Mormons. All growing up I went to church mostly because it was expected of me and that is just what my family did. I also enjoyed being involved in the social activities as a teenager. Most of my childhood years I took my membership in the church for granted. It wasn't until I was preparing for a mission that I truly learned the importance of my membership in the church. In the Missionary Training Center, we spent all day going over basic beliefs and principles that are taught in the church. As we were reviewing them and learning how to teach them effectively, it was then that those beliefs completely sank into my heart and I realized how wonderful and unique our message really is. It was at that time that I sincerely prayed to Heavenly Father to help me know that the things that I was teaching as a missionary were true. I felt peace in my heart that I knew could only come from the Holy Ghost. From that point on, the principle of eternal families became so important to me. I love the fact that I can know for myself that I can live with my family forever. When I was married in the temple and sealed to my wife, I had a strengthened desire to be a worthy person so I can received that promised blessing of an eternal family. I know that the promise in the Book of Mormon is true. If we pray to Heavenly Father, he will answer our prayers and enlighten us with the truth. He is a loving father. He does not want us to live our lives in confusion. He will answer our questions, but first we need to get on our knees and ask. We see the confusion in our world today with so many different religions. The only way for us to know what is true is for God to call a prophet so that He can communicate His will to us. I know that Joseph Smith was called to restore the true church and correct doctrine to the earth. I know that there is a living prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson, who leads the Church of Jesus Christ today.

How I live my faith

I am actively involved in the church today as a youth advisor for the 12 and 13 year old boys. I act as an Assistant Scoutmaster during the week at our weekly Scout meetings and on our monthly campouts, and as a religious teacher on Sundays. As fun as the campouts and Scouting activites may be, the most important part comes on Sunday as we discuss sacred religious doctrines. I teach the boys about a wide variety of topics like the life of Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father's plan for us, and serving others. I feel like it is extremely important for someone like me to be a good example to the younger generation, as these are important years in their lives that will define them. I also try to be a good example to other people of a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have had people criticize me and look down on me for what I believe, but I know that they only do that because they do not really understand what is so different about me. The only thing I can do is stand up for what I believe in and show others that we are good people and not so different from everyone else. I know that the true gospel of Jesus Christ can help us be better people. Many people say that we have a lot of strange rules. These rules are put in place by our Heavenly Father because He loves us and wants us to find true happiness in our journey here on earth. Even though life may seem to be more "fun" doing whatever we feel like doing, that way of life will never bring true happiness. I know that living the way that I know is right has helped me to be a happy person who enjoys life.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Family is so important because these people are the ones you endure all of life's trials with. You can also experience the greatest joy along with them. Life can be hard without the support of a family, and I have always received encouragement and motivation from mine. I love everyone in my family and I could not imagine living without them. I would never want to lose my relationship with any of them. This is where I enjoy the promises of an eternal family. I know that I will be able to be with them even after we die. Because of the blessing of temples, I can enjoy the relationships I have with my family forever. Show more Show less